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Recognition of professional qualifications

Citizens of EU Member States, European Economic Area countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland may exercise a 'regulated profession' in Italy after obtaining recognition of their professional title or qualification from the competent authorities.

The Assistance Centre for Recognition of Professional Qualifications operating at the Department for European Policies provides citizens and assistance centres of other Member States with useful information on the recognition of professional qualifications, for the purposes of permanent establishment and/or temporary/occasional practice of their profession, and on the Italian legislation regulating professions and pursuit thereof.

The recognition of professional qualifications in Italy is regulated by Legislative Decree No. 206 of 6 November 2007, which transposed Directive 2005/36/EC.

On 18 January 2016, Directive 2013/55/EU was transposed in Italy by Legislative Decree No. 15 of 28 January 2016 (published in the Official Gazette – General Series No. 32 of 9 February 2016) which, in addition to providing for amendments to Directive 2005/36/EC, introduced new features to enhance the free movement of professionals across EU countries.

This section provides, inter alia, insights into: the list of regulated professions, the discipline of the recognition of professional qualifications, the right of establishment and the freedom to provide services, and the European Professional Card.

Assistance Centre

The Assistance Centre for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications, established by Directive 2005/36/EC, operates within the Department for European Policies.

Regulated professions

Regulated professions in Italy are included in a special list in the Website "Enterprise in a Day" laying down.

European Professional Card

The European Professional Card (EPC) is an electronic procedure available since 2016 to obtain recognition of one's professional qualifications for the purpose of pursuing a regulated professions in another EU country.

Right of establishment

Citizens of the European Union, of the countries of the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) and of Switzerland holding a professional qualification in their country of origin, can access and practise their profession, if regulated in another EU Member State after having their qualification recognized in that Member State.

Freedom to provide services

The freedom to provide services may be carried out in Italy on a temporary and occasional basis by a citizen legally established in another EU country, in the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or in Switzerland, where said citizen practices the same profession.

Right of a appeal against the decision of the competent authority

The professional is allowed to appeal against a negative decision of the competent authority under Italian law.

Language skills

Directive 2005/36/EC provides (Article 53) that beneficiaries of recognition of the professional qualification must have the linguistic skills necessary to practice the profession in the host EU country.

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