The European professional card is a project aimed to facilitate the free movement of professionals in the EU under the modernized of the Professional Qualifications Directive. The card should simplify the administrative procedure for recognition, make it more transparent for citizens and increase trust among the competent authorities of EU Member States.
The Commission outlined the main features of such a card in its Green Paper of 22 June 2011.
On 18 October 2013 the European Commission invited representative professional organisations and associations at national and EU level to express an interest in the introduction of the European Professional Card for their respective professions.
The European Professional Card can only be introduced for professions which meet the criteria set out in the Directive in terms of the possible mobility between Member States, regulation of the profession in Member States and, the interest of the professionals. As a consequence, not every profession will be able to benefit from this card at European level.
Call for expression of interest in the introduction of the European Professional Card (18.10.2013)
Results of the call for expression of interest in the introduction of the European Professional Card (06.12.2013)
- Annexes to the results of the call for expression of interest in the introduction of the European Professional Card (06.12.2013)
- Flow chart on the functioning of the European Professional Card
The Steering Group on the Professional Card
The implementation of the EPC project has been subject to discussions within an expert group launched by the European Commission in January 2011: the ‘Steering Group on the Professional Card’. The Group comprised representatives of Member States national administrations (Ministries of Economy, Ministries of Education, Ministries of Health), competent authorities and a range of different professional organisations. The group was chaired by the Commission services.
The Group held six meetings; the last meeting took place in September 2011. The discussions in sub-group resulted in case studies for different professions (doctors, engineers, mountain guides, nurses, physiotherapists). Moreover, participants discussed two further papers on the profession of real estate agents and on ideas by some competent authorities in charge of the regulation of pharmacists.
Case studies and working documents
- Case study for the profession of nurse
- Case study for the profession of engineer
- Case study for the profession of doctor
- Working document for the profession of pharmacist
- Working document for the profession of real estate agent
- Case study for the profession of physiotherapist
- Case study for the profession of mountain guide