The Commission has adopted a legislative proposal for modernising Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications.

The proposal aims at simplifying rules for the mobility of professionals within the EU. It is essential to enabling professionals to start a new business or to find a job in another Member State requiring a specific qualification for a specific professional activity

Key elements of the proposal are:

  • The introduction of a European professional card
  • Better access to information on the recognition of professional qualifications
  • Updating minimum training requirements for doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, veterinary surgeons and architects
  • The introduction of an alert mechanism for health professionals benefiting from automatic recognition
  • The introduction of common training frameworks and common training tests
  • Mutual evaluation exercise on regulated professions