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What is a regulated profession?

A profession is said to be regulated when access and exercise is subject to the possession of a specific professional qualification.

Regulated professions in this database

This database contains lists of regulated professions in the EU member states, EEA countries, the UK and Switzerland.

Regulated professions are grouped together under generic headings called "generic professions". This is to help find regulated professions which are listed in the language of the country in which they are regulated.

The profession's generic heading cover professions regulated in different Member States, which may cover different activities.

Further information on regulated professions

Qualified professionals wishing to obtain recognition for establishment or wanting to provide services on a temporary and occasional basis within the EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland should seek advice from the relevant Contact Point in the future host country (EU Member States, EEA countries and Switzerland).

The contact points are responsible for providing general information on recognition of professional qualifications provided for in Directive 2005/36/EC as well as on competent authorities and national legislation governing the professions.

   
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Name of regulated profession Country Region Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC Qualification level
Abogado Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Diploma from post-secondary level (more than 4 years)
Actuario / Actuario de seguros Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Diploma from post-secondary level (more than 4 years)
Agente comercial Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Certificate attesting the completion of a secondary course
Agente de la propiedad industrial Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years)
Agente y comisionista de aduanas Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years)
Análisis clínicos (especialidad multidisciplinar) Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Diploma from post-secondary level (more than 4 years)
Arquitecto Spain All regions Architect listed in Annex V Diploma from post-secondary level (more than 4 years)
Arquitecto técnico Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years)
Artillero-barrenista Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Attestation of competence
Auditor de cuentas Spain All regions General system of recognition - secondary application Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years)
Bioquímica clínica (especialidad multidisciplinar) Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Diploma from post-secondary level (more than 4 years)
Biólogo Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years)
Buceador instructor Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Certificate attesting the completion of a secondary course
Buzo de gran profundidad Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Attestation of competence
Buzo de pequeña profundidad Spain All regions General system of recognition - primary application Attestation of competence
Each country is responsible for updating information, on its regulated professions, competent authorities and statistics.
The Commission cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the information. However, if errors are brought to its attention, the Commission undertakes to correct them, if deemed appropriate.

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