Do you want to go to another EU country to work there as a physiotherapist? You can have your qualifications recognised in the country in which you wish to work by obtaining the European Professional Card (EPC). Read below to find out more.
How to proceed
This procedure can be completed:
What you should know and who can use this service
The European Professional Card is proof that your professional qualifications have been recognised by the country in which you want to work (host country). If you only intend to travel to another EU country for a short period of time, your card will confirm that you meet the conditions and that you can temporarily or occasionally provide services in that country.
The card replaces the procedure for recognition of qualifications and the provision of cross-border services and is valid in the country you are planning to go to.
You can apply for the European Professional Card if:
- you want to pursue your profession temporarily and occasionally in another EU country, or
- you want to move to another EU country and practise your profession there permanently.
If you have qualifications from outside the European Union, you can apply for the European Professional Card provided that:
- your qualifications have already been recognised in an EU country,
- you have at least 3 years' experience in the exercise of your profession. A period of 3 years starts from the date of recognition of your qualifications.
When you should complete this procedure
At any time
Where you can complete this procedure
Krajowa Izba Fizjoterapeutów
Plac Stanisława Małachowskiego
What to do step by step
Apply for the European Professional Card
Your European Professional Card will be issued in Poland. Submit your application for your EPC electronically to the National Chamber of Physiotherapists. To apply, create an account in the EU Login system (European Commission Authentication Service). Once you have saved all the information in your profile, you can create an application, attach scanned copies of the relevant documents and send them to the National Chamber of Physiotherapists.
The National Chamber of Physiotherapists will verify whether your application is correct and complete. It will also certify the authenticity and validity of your documents. If everything is in order, it will forward your documents to the competent authority in the country you are planning to go to.
You can track the status of your application online.
You can submit a document as:
You will receive confirmation of receipt of your application
You will receive an e-mail informing you that the National Chamber of Physiotherapists has received your application and about the fees for the processing of your application. In this e-mail, the authority may also request you complete any missing documents. The official may ask you to provide certified copies of your documents if they are unable to check their validity.
You will receive a document as:
Within one week of the submission of the application.
You will be informed that your application is complete and has been forwarded to the country in which you want to practise your profession.
The National Chamber of Physiotherapists will verify your documents and then forward them in the IMI system to the country where you want to practise your profession. You will be informed by e-mail.
You will receive a document as:
If you want to have your qualifications recognised and leave permanently, the National Chamber of Physiotherapists will examine your application and send it to the institutions of the host country:
- within 5 weeks of receiving a complete application, or
- within one month of receiving the missing documents.
If you want to work on a temporary basis, the National Chamber of Physiotherapists will examine your application and send it to the institutions of the host country:
- within 4 weeks of receiving a complete application, or
- within 3 weeks of receiving the missing documents.
Collect your European Professional Card
- If your application is approved, you can generate an EPC certificate (in pdf format).
- If the institution in the country to which you want to go does not process your application in a timely manner, your professional qualifications will be recognised automatically and you can generate an EPC certificate yourself via your online account.
- If the institution rejects your application, it must give reasons and inform you how you can appeal.
- If your education, training and work experience do not meet the standards required in the country you want to go to, the host country institution may ask you to take an aptitude test or complete an adaptation period. The test or adaptation period are aimed at ensuring you have the required level of qualifications. In some countries, you will have to pay for the adaptation period or the test. Only after you have completed your qualifications will you receive the EPC.
You will receive a document as:
How much you will have to pay
Both the National Chamber of Physiotherapists and the institution in the host country may charge you for verifying your documentation. If they do so, you will receive a separate invoice from each office.
The National Chamber of Physiotherapists does not charge any fees for processing your application when you are moving to another country to work there on a permanent basis. However, if you need the EPC to temporarily provide services in another EU country, the fee is PLN 78.
Examples of fees in selected countries:
GBP 220 - if you are moving there permanently
GBP 0 - if you are only providing your services temporarily there
EUR 10 to 400 - if you are moving there permanently
EUR 10 to 400 - if you are only providing your services temporarily there
Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden:
EUR/SEK 0 - if you are moving there permanently
EUR/SEK 0 - if you are only providing your services temporarily there
How long you will have to wait
You will receive your EPC within a maximum of 3 months after you have submitted a complete set of documents.
How can you appeal
If your application is rejected, you have 14 days to apply for reconsideration. Such application should be submitted to the National Chamber of Physiotherapists.
Good to know
How to obtain the EPC in Poland
If you have obtained qualifications in another EU country and you want to work as a physiotherapist in Poland, submit an application to an institution in the country where you currently live. The fee for the EPC is PLN 735.
How to obtain the EPC for other countries
If you have the EPC and want to receive another one, valid in another country, you can reuse the documents already submitted. The Authority will use the information contained in the European Professional Card and documents held in a repository (if still valid) when you recognise qualifications or temporarily provide services in another EU Member State.
Who can check the validity of your card
Employers, professional organisations or other interested parties can check the validity of your EPC online based on its reference number. They will need your identity card or passport number provided in your application.