Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Competent Authorities for psychologists as regulated profession

Updated Oct 2018

European Commission Regulated Professions Database in the EU member states + Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland available on the website of the European Commission 

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.

What is the aim of this database?

In each EU country, workers are required to obtain special qualifications or specific job titles to perform regulated professions. Different requirements across the EU may make it difficult for qualified professionals to apply for jobs in other EU countries. It may also be difficult to get information on what conditions these professionals have to comply with to be able to work in another country.

The database on regulated professions provides:

  • information on regulated professions in all EU countries, EEA countries and Switzerland;
  • statistics on professionals moving abroad and on temporary mobility;
  • an interactive map;
  • useful links and contacts.

What about psychologists in the database?

If you want to know if the profession of psychologist in a EU (or EEA) member state is regulated, you need to - look for 'psychologist'  (Clinical psychologist, Health Psychologist, Psychologist, Psychologist-Counsellor) 

- in the database of the European Commission

- in the interactive map on the European Commission website

- on EFPA's  EuroPsy website where you will find the list of the 24 countries that are issuing the EuroPsy certificate

Regulated professions and recognition of qualifications

Qualified professionals wishing to obtain recognition within the EU should seek advice from the relevant Contact Point in the future host country (EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, 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.