FAQs - Regulated professions
My profession is not regulated in my home country. Can I work in that profession in a country where it is regulated?
If neither your profession nor the training for it is regulated in your home country, you may have to prove that you have practis ed your profession for at least 1 year during the last 10 years before you can set up in another country or even provide services there on a temporary basis.
What if the profession I want to practice in Finland is not regulated there: can I simply go there and work without having to apply for recognition of my Estonian qualifications?
YES — You can begin practising in Finland subject to the same conditions as the Finns. However, while your profession may not be regulated as such in Finland, it may be not an independent profession but part of another profession which is regulated. Check with the Finnish contact point for recognition of professional qualifications whether your profession is regulated in Finland.
I am a German master craftsman and I want to extend my business to Switzerland. Do EU rules on the recognition of professional qualifications apply?
YES — They apply by extension to the non-EU countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) plus Switzerland. However, there are special rules for Switzerland. To find out about these rules, contact the Swiss contact point for recognition of professional qualifications.
I am Italian. I qualified as a doctor in Argentina and later established a practice in Spain. Can I practice medicine in Italy under EU rules?
EU rules concern only the recognition of qualifications issued by EU countries [ndash] with some special rules also for Switzerland. Spain's recognition of your Argentinean qualifications is not binding on Italy unless you have practiced for at least 3 years in Spain before seeking recognition in Italy.
In my home country, Belgium, my profession is not regulated. Can I work in that profession in France where it is regulated?
If neither your profession nor the training for it is regulated in Belgium, you may have to prove that you have practised your profession for at least 2 of the last 10 years before settling, or even just providing services on a temporary basis, in France. Payslips or statements from employers must be accepted, as long as they clearly identify your professional activity.