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- Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
This call is for a study that should provide the necessary information and assessment to assist the European Commission in taking an informed decision on whether amendments to Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications as amended, with regard to minimum training requirements would be appropriate and if so, to what extent.
This call for tender is divided into 2 lots
- Mapping and assessment of developments for sectoral professions under Directive 2005/36/EC – Lot 1: Profession of dental practitioner
- Mapping and assessment of developments for sectoral professions under Directive 2005/36/EC – Lot 2: Profession of pharmacist
The documents will always be visible and downloadable but if you ‘register’ to the call by adding your email address and a password, you will be able to ask questions and be automatically informed about any changes that may be published (such as additional documents or answers to questions).
Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications, as amended by Directive 2013/55/EU ('the Directive'), lays down the harmonised minimum training requirements for 7 professions (so-called sectorial professions) including 5 health professions with direct impact on human health. These include dental practitioners and pharmacists.
The harmonised minimum training requirements are the basis for the automatic recognition of the relevant professional qualifications across the EU/European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, which is considered one of the main achievements in the field of cross-border professional recognition of qualifications in these areas.
While the training requirements have been to a certain extent reviewed with the last revision of the Directive (through Directive 2013/55/EU), no corresponding changes have been made either to the training programs set out in the relevant points of Annex V or to certain articles of the Directive concerning the minimum skills and knowledge of professionals. Instead, Directive 2013/55/EU has provided delegated powers to the Commission to introduce possible updates, if necessary, at a later stage.
In the context of the last revision of the Directive, national authorities, academic institutions and professional organisations indicated that the sectorial professions have significantly evolved since their minimum training requirements were harmonised at European level more than 30 years ago.
In its 2011 Green Paper (COM(2011)367 final) on the modernisation of the professional qualifications directive, the Commission acknowledged that a possible modernisation of these minimum training requirements needs to be considered in different phases. Therefore, we decided to start with the profession of nurse responsible for general care in 2018 and then to continue in 2019 with dental practitioners and pharmacists.