Some professions are not covered by Directive 2005/36/EC. Recital 42 and Article 2(3) state that the directive does not apply to professions for which the recognition of professional qualifications is governed by specific legal provisions.
Therefore, the directive does not apply to sailors, statutory auditors, insurance intermediaries and air controllers, or to some other professions in the field of transport or linked to activities involving toxic products.
The specific directives for lawyers and commercial agents are also presented in this section.
Directive 2006/123/EC on services and Directive 2005/36/EC on professional qualifications are complementary instruments dealing with different matters. Consequently, for matters not relating to professional qualifications, the “Services Directive” applies to those regulated professions that fall within its scope.