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Physios to be charged for European Professional Card once legislation is in place

12 May 2016 - 4:14pm

Charges for the European Professional Card, which allows physios to practise in EU countries outside the UK, will be introduced once new legislation is in place, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has confirmed.

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The European Professional Card aims to simplify the process of recognising professional qualifications across the EU

Physiotherapists will be charged £25 for the card, for each country they apply to work in, and will have to pay if their application is still being processed when the legislation is introduced.

Physios wanting to work abroad have been able to apply for the new card, which is actually an electronic certificate, since 18 January. The aim is to simplify the process of recognising professional qualifications across the EU. So far, the HCPC has received 21 applications from UK physios applying to work elsewhere in Europe.

It has also received paperwork for 23 physios from other EU countries looking for permanent registration in the UK, and 14 asking for temporary permission to practise in the UK.

The Department of Health has told the HCPC that the legislation is likely to be in place before the end of this year.

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