A REVIEW OF THE RECOGNITION OF PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS ACROSS THE EU: HOW THE 2005/36/EC DIRECTIVE AFFECTS THE MOVEMENT OF RADIOGRAPHERS ACROSS EUROPE

Jose Couto, Sonyia McFadden, Patricia Mc Clure, Paul Bezzina, Ciara Hughes

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Abstract

Background: The 2005/36/EC directive established the process for the recognition of qualifications of professionals between EU member states, facilitating the movement of radiographers. This study aims to clarify how this European directive affects the movement of radiographers in Europe. Learning outcomes: This session aims to provide the audience with knowledge regarding the aspects of the directive that are relevant for radiographers; and improve their understanding of the system regarding recognition of qualifications. This knowledge will enable them to apply for recognition of their qualifications across the EU with greater success. Discussion: There are different systems for the recognition of qualifications. The automatic recognition applies to professions regulated at European level (including the system applicable for medical doctors and nurses). However, radiographers can apply for international recognition of qualifications through the General System. Criteria to obtain recognition of qualifications include the following: (i) the home country of the professional and the intended destination country must regulate the profession; (ii) the academic level and the qualifications held by the individual must be similar to those taught in the destination country; (iii) fluency of the language in the destination country may also be required. Three outcomes are possible: recognition of qualifications, compensation measures required to practice or the recognition denied. Conclusions: Despite the fact that “free movement of professionals” exists in the European Union, there are systems through which the professionals must navigate if they wish to practice in another EU country. Given the criteria required to achieve this recognition, not all radiographers may be eligible to move, or they may be required to complete compensation measures before eligibility is approved
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSRM's International Conference on Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy: Book of Abstracts
Pages15
Number of pages1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020
EventSRM'S INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEDICAL IMAGING AND RADIOTHERAPY - Malta, Malta
Duration: 7 Feb 20209 Feb 2020

Conference

ConferenceSRM'S INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEDICAL IMAGING AND RADIOTHERAPY
CountryMalta
Period7/02/209/02/20

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