Patterns of movement of radiographers and professional recognition across the European Union

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

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- Purpose
The 2005/36/EC directive established the process for the recognition of academic qualifications between EU member states, facilitating the movement of radiographers. The aim of this study was to investigate the patterns of movement of radiographers across the EU

- Methodology
A review of the Regulated Professions Database (RPD) was performed concentrating on the years 2015-2017. Data was extracted in the following form (i)the number of radiographers achieving professional recognition in different countries (ii) the number of applications requiring compensation measures (exam or adaptation period) before being allowed to work in a different country and (iii) the number of rejected applications where professional recognition was denied). The direction of professional movement across countries was also investigated.

- Results
510 radiographers achieve recognition in another EU country, every year. UK Ireland and Germany are the countries receiving the most radiographers annually (203, 96 and 42 respectively) Whilst most radiographers move away from Italy, Portugal and the UK (108, 90 and 89 respectively).
France, Italy and Finland are countries which require a more substantial proportion of applicants to undergo compensation measures (94%, 83% and 80% respectively). Radiographers from Estonia Belgium and Bulgaria had to undergo a higher proportion of compensation measures before they were granted professional recognition in another member state (86% ,61% and 50% respectively).
The applicants with the highest proportion of rejected recognitions come from Romania (14%), Germany (13%) and Chez Republic (11%).
- Conclusions
Radiographers move to and from all EU member states. Two patterns of movement were identified: south to north, due to higher wages; and between neighbouring countries, due to similar languages. The main patterns of negative replies and compensation measures seem to be caused by differences in training or lack of regulation of the profession.

Data was not available for 21% of the EU countries. Some of the radiographers that achieved recognition may not effectively move.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECR 2020 online
PublisherEuropean Society of Radiology
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 15 Jul 2020


  • Radiographer, Migration, free movement


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