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Modernizing the Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC : Green Paper and EC Proposal

September 2012

EFPA guidelines for Member Associations and Associate Member associations on the Modernization of the PPQD 2005/36/EC

1.       Some background information :

On December 19, 2011 the European Commission has submitted a proposal for modernizing the EU’s Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC, also ‘European Qualification Directive’, EQD) to the European Parliament and the European Council.

The general aim is to simplify rules, make recognition of qualifications easier and faster, in order to promote the mobility of professionals in the EU, and to address concerns over language skills and alerts in case of malpractice.

The proposal is currently under review by the Parliament and the Council. It is expected that decisions will be taken by the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013.

The modernisation of the Directive is of particular importance for the profession of psychologist, which until presently lacks clear and uniform qualification standards, and – unlike professions covered by the so-called General System, such as doctor, nurse or midwife – is not eligible to automatic recognition.

The proposed amendments to the Directive have the potential to facilitate the introduction of uniform standards for the educational qualifications of psychologists and to open the opportunity for automatic recognition thereof. However, some further amendments are needed to guarantee that EFPA, as the professional organisation representing psychologists at the European level, will be involved in the new recognition system and to make sure that the qualification requirements are compatible with those of EFPA’s certification system EuroPsy.

This document is meant to inform EFPA’s Member Associations and Associate members about the revision of the Directive and to provide guidance on how to act in order to promote that the proposal by the Commission is revised in a manner that is beneficial to the psychological profession and its clients in Europe. These actions are focused on and restricted to the EQD and have no implications for EuroPsy, which EFPA will continue to implement and develop over the years to come.

2.       What can be done

There remains a limited window of opportunity to influence the legislative process regarding the Modernisation proposal, by informing Members of Parliament and Governments in the respective EU Member States about the view of EFPA, and persuading them to adopt the proposed amendments. Particularly important is the deadline for amendments in the Commission Internal Market (IMCO) of the European Parliament (October 15, 2012).

What EFPA will do

EFPA will communicate its view and amendments to the IMCO and the parties in the European Parliament. It will continue to work with CEPLIS and other professional organisations to develop the greatest possible influence on the process.

What MAs and Associate Member associations are asked to do

Member Associations in EU countries have a unique opportunity to contact their MEPs and Governments ( can be found here) . They are asked to inform them about the implications of the Directive for the profession of psychologist, about EFPA’s position on the Modernisation proposal and about EFPA’s amendment. Of course, this is also an excellent occasion to draw their attention to EuroPsy.

There is a part in the document that you might want to translate in your national language (The position of EFPA page 3).

3.       Deadline

The deadline for amendments in the Commission Internal Market (IMCO) of the European Parliament is October 15, 2012.

4.       Further information

Member Associations may call upon EFPA President Robert Roe - robert.roe(at)efpa.eu - and EC member Edward van Rossen - edward.van.rossen(at)efpa.eu - for more information or specific questions.


March 2012

EFPA position (March 2012) regarding the EC Proposal for modernizing the Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC


Dec 2011

On 19 December 2011, the Commission has adopted a legislative proposal for modernising Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications.


Sep 2011

Response of EFPA to the GREEN PAPER


General comments:

EFPA welcomes the Green Paper and its explorations into ways to modernize the Qualifications Directive. We agree that a renewed Directive can enhance mobility and thereby make a significant contribution to the realization of the Single Market. At the same time, we see a number of limitations in the scope and approach of the Green Paper that could restrict the effectiveness of the proposals entailed. We offer seven general observations and suggestions for building a stronger and more viable Qualifications Directive.

More : here


June 2011

Green Paper - Modernising the Professional Qualfications Directive

Objective of the consultation

The Green Paper is aimed at gathering stakeholders’ views on a modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC).

This Directive, adopted in 2005, sets the rules for mutual recognition of professional qualifications between Member States. Beyond a few innovations, it mainly consolidated and simplified 15 previous Directives, some of which dated back to the 1960s.

The reform of the system of recognition of professional qualifications as a means to facilitate mobility is one of the priority actions proposed by the Commission in the Single Market Act. With the view to preparing this reform, the Commission wishes to consult stakeholders on

  • new approaches to mobility
  • ways to build on achievements
  • and on the modernisation of the automatic recognition