Qualifications Overview

Approach to Qualifications The EU has introduced sector-specific and general qualifications legislation in relation to recognising diplomas, qualifications, and equivalent awards. There are two different approaches to the harmonisation of diplomas and qualifications. The first approach involves specific rules for sectors.  There are specific directives which have been made law throughout the European Union covering […]

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Recognition of Qualifications

Overview A practical issue which arises in exercising the right to establish in another member state is the recognition of qualifications.  In 2005 the EU adopted a general Qualifications Directive on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications.  The Directive applies to regulated professional activities. The recognition of professional qualifications under EU law has been modernised […]

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Procedure for Recognition

Comparison The Qualifications Directive requires the EU Member States to establish a procedure to examine and recognise professional qualifications. The host state must compare the migrant’s qualifications and abilities with those required by the national system. It allows the application of compensatory measures by the host state if there are substantial differences between the training […]

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Enhancing Qualifications Recognition

Qualifications Card The 2013 amendment to the Qualifications Directive provided for a European Professional Card (EPC) in a view to facilitating temporary mobility of the provision of services in the EU. It is contemplated that card may be made available in respect of particular professions, under implementing acts adopted by the Commission according to needs […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Professional Qualifications

21 June 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS RECOGNITION OF PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary law […]

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