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Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications came into force in 2007. It has since been amended several times.

A consolidated version of the directive and its annexes – provided for information only and not binding on the institutions – is also available below.

Lastly, you will also find details of the directive’s implementation by the EEA/EFTA countries and the documents relating to the legislative process by which the directive was adopted.

Text of the Directive

The consolidated versions of Directive 2005/36/EC here below are published for information only. Please note that the consolidated versions of the annexes to the Directive are available further below.

20.11.2013Consolidated version of Directive 2005/36/EC of 20.11.2013
24.03.2011Consolidated versionpdf of Directive 2005/36/EC of 24.03.2011
27.04.2009Consolidated versionpdf of Directive 2005/36/EC of 27.04.2009
11.12.2008Consolidated versionpdf of Directive 2005/36/EC of 11.12.2008
21.08.2008Consolidated versionpdf of Directive 2005/36/EC of 21.08.2008
10.01.2008Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications
26.12.2007Consolidated versionpdf of Directive 2005/36/EC of 26.12.2007
01.01.2007Consolidated versionpdf of Directive 2005/36/EC of 01.01.2007, modified by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania 
07.09.2005Directive 2005/36/ECof the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications (Official Journal L255 of 30 September 2005 – page 22)

Implementation of the Directive

Implementation by the EU Member States (Scoreboard)

27.04.2010Scoreboard on the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC) – Second version, 15.04.2010 English
09.12.2009Scoreboard on the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC) English

Implementation by EEA / EFTA countries

EU-Swiss Joint Committee

22.10.2011Free movement of Persons - EU-Swiss Joint Committee decisionpdf

Consolidated versions of the annexes of the Directive

Disclaimer: Consolidation entails the integration of basic instruments of Community legislation, their amendments in single, non-official documents. Each document is intended as a documentation tool and the institutions do not assume any liability for its content.

Amendments

28.12.2013Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 amending Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications and Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012 on administrative cooperation through the Internal Market Information System (‘the IMI Regulation’)
21.10.2013Communication from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications – Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
01.07.2013Council Directive 2013/25/EC of 13 May 2013 adapting certain directives in the field of right of establishment and freedom to provide services, by reason of the accession of the Republic of Croatia
28.06.2013Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications – Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
21.12.2012Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications – Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
14.08.2012Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications – Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
13.07.2012Commission Regulation (EC) No 623/2012pdf of 11 July 2012 amending Annex II to Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications (JO L 180/9 du 12.07.2012)
16.12.2011Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications – Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
24.06.2011Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications – Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
23.06.2011Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of the professional associations or organisations fulfilling the conditions of Article 3(2) listed under Annex I to Directive 2005/36/EC
04.03.2011Commission Regulation (EU) No 213/2011pdf of 3 March 2011 amending Annexes II and V to Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications
14.12.2010Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications – Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
19.05.2010Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications – Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
19.11.2009Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications – Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
19.05.2009Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications – Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
15.05.2009Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of the professional associations or organisations fulfilling the conditions of Article 3(2) listed under Annex I to Directive 2005/36/EC (OJ C 111/1)
07.04.2009Commission Regulation (EC) No 279/2009pdf  of 6 April 2009 amending Annex II to Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications (OJ L 93, 07.04.2009)
03.02.2009Corrigendum to Directive 2005/36/ECpdf
17.12.2008Communicationpdf – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications (Annex V to Directive 2005/36/EC)  
01.08.2008Commission Regulation (EC) No 755/2008pdf of 31 July 2008 amending Annex II to Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications (OJ L 205, 1.8.2008)
04.06.2008Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications of specialised doctors, nurses responsible for general care, specialised dental practitioners, midwives and architects
04.04.2008Corrigendum to Directivepdf 2005/36/EC
31.01.2008Communicationpdf from the EFTA Surveillance Authority – Liechtenstein.
05.12.2007Commission Regulation (EC) No 1430/2007pdfamending Annexes II and III to Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications
08.11.2007Communication from the EFTA Surveillance Authority – Norway
16.10.2007Corrigendum to Directivepdf 2005/36/EC
11.10.2007Corrigendum to Directive 2005/36/EC (Czech versionpdf only)
19.07.2007Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal Qualifications of specialised doctors and general practitioners
19.07.2007Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications of practitioners of dentistry
22.02.2007Communication from the EFTA Surveillance Authority – Norway
30.12.2006Notificationpdf of titles of qualification in architecture
20.11.2006Council Directive 2006/100/ECpdf of 20 November 2006 adapting certain Directives in the field of freedom of movement of persons, by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania
24.06.2006Notificationpdf of titles of qualification in architecture
06.01.2006Notificationpdf of titles of qualification in architecture

Archives

Basic acts

07.06.1999Directive 1999/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 June 1999 establishing a mechanism for the recognition of qualifications in respect of the professional activities covered by the Directives on liberalisation and transitional measures and supplementing the general systems for the recognition of qualifications
18.06.1992Council Directive 92/51/EEC of 18 June 1992 on a second general system for the recognition of professional education and training to supplement Directive 89/48/EEC
21.12.1988Council 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

Amendments

20.11.2006Council Directive 2006/101/ECpdf of 20 November 2006 adapting Directives 73/239/EEC, 74/557/EEC and 2002/83/EC in the field of freedom to provide services, by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania
20.11.2006Council Directive 2006/100/ECpdf of 20 November 2006 adapting certain Directives in the field of freedom of movement of persons, by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania
07.09.2005Directive 2005/36/ECpdf of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications.
28.01.2004Commission Decision 2004/108/EC of 28 January 2004 amending Annex C to Council Directive 92/51/EEC on a second general system for the recognition of professional education and training to supplement Directive 89/48/EEC (Text with EEA relevance)
14.05.2001Directive 2001/19/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 May 2001 amending Council Directives 89/48/EEC and 92/51/EEC on the general system for the recognition of professional qualifications and Council Directives 77/452/EEC, 77/453/EEC, 78/686/EEC, 78/687/EEC, 78/1026/EEC, 78/1027/EEC, 80/154/EEC, 80/155/EEC, 85/384/EEC, 85/432/EEC, 85/433/EEC and 93/16/EEC concerning the professions of nurse responsible for general care, dental practitioner, veterinary surgeon, midwife, architect, pharmacist and doctor (Text with EEA relevance.)
25.02.2000Commission Directive 2000/05/EC of 25 February 2000 amending Annexes C and D to Council Directive 92/51/EEC on a second general system for the recognition of professional education and training to supplement Directive 89/48/EEC (Text with EEA relevance)
20.06.1997Commission Directive 97/38/EC of 20 June 1997 amending Annex C to Council Directive 92/51/EEC on a second general system for the recognition of professional education and training to supplement Council Directive 89/48/EEC (Text with EEA relevance)
20.07.1995
 
Commission Directive 95/43/EC of 20 July 1995 to Council Directive 92/51/EEC on a second general system for the recognition of professional education and training to supplement Directive 89/48/EEC