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Brussels, 18 September 2008

Professional qualifications: Commission requests information on Spain's compliance with Court judgement on hospital pharmacists

The European Commission has decided, under Article 228 of the EC Treaty, to send a letter of formal notice to the Spanish authorities requesting information on the measures they have taken to comply with the European Court of Justice's judgement of 8 May 2008 (C-39/07) regarding recognition of professional qualifications of hospital pharmacists.

In this case, the Court held that by failing to adopt all the measures necessary to transpose Council Directive 89/48/EEC of 21 December 1988 on a general system for the recognition of higher-education diplomas awarded on completion of professional education and training of at least three years’ duration, as far as the profession of hospital pharmacist is concerned, Spain has failed to fulfil its obligations under that Directive. It has to be noted that, in the meantime, Directive 89/48/EEC has been replaced by Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications, which entered into force on 20 October 2007 which confirms and takes over the legal framework appropriate to this issue under Directive 89/48/EEC.

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