European Professional Card Recognition Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Would you like to pursue your profession temporarily or permanently in other European countries?

The European Professional Card (EPC) is an electronic proof that your professional qualification is recognised by another EU country. The EPC will be issued to you on request by electronic procedure (EPC procedure). The EPC procedure is simpler, faster and more transparent than the traditional procedures for recognising professional qualifications.

The following advantages are offered by the European professional card:

  • The authorities of your country of origin will help you with your application and check that it is properly completed and complete. You also check the authenticity and validity of your documents.
  • If you wish to apply for establishment or temporary provision of services in another EU country in the future, your dossier is already in the system and you do not need to upload your documents a second time. This saves you time on further applications.
  • If the authorities responsible for your application do not take a decision within the specified time limit, recognition is automatic.
  • Certified copies of the documents you uploaded when submitting an electronic application

Related Links

  • Online-Verfahren Europäischer Berufsausweis

Preconditions

You can use the EPC procedure if you wish to pursue your profession temporarily or permanently in another EU or EEA country.

The EPC procedure can currently only be used for the following professions:

  • Nurse for general care
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist/Physiotherapist
  • Mountain guide/mountain guide
  • Real estate agent

Professionals with a different profession must still apply standard procedures for the recognition of their professional qualifications. However, the EPC procedure may be extended to other professions in the future.

Hints

Please note that the EPC does not normally automatically confer a right to practise the profession. An exception is occasional and temporary services with no impact on public health or safety.

If you are planning a branch, you may need to register with a professional organisation in the host country before starting your career, or provide certain evidence, such as reliability or health. Check with a single point of contact or the authorities of the host country whether this is necessary in your case.

  • Web-Site der EU-Kommission "Ihr Europa"
  • Internetportal "Anerkennung in Deutschland" des BIBB
  • Wenn Sie das EPC-Verfahren für Ihre Berufsqualifikation nicht nutzen können, finden Sie hier Informationen zu den Standard-Anerkennungsverfahren
  • Netzwerk der Einheitlichen Ansprechpartner in Deutschland
  • Netzwerk der Einheitlichen Ansprechpartner in Europa

First, you need to log in to the European Commission's Authentication Service (ECAS) and choose a user name and password.

Then create your profile with the details of your person (identity card or passport number, last name, nationality) and contact details (address, e-mail address, phone number, etc.). Your personal information will be in your EPC.

After you create your profile, you can apply to the EPC. To do this, go to the home page. When submitting your application, you will find out which documents the host country needs for the recognition of your professional qualification. You can upload the documents directly. Please upload each document as its own file.

Then send the application together with the documents to the appropriate authority in your country of origin.

The competent authority shall process your application and, if necessary, forward it to the competent authorities of the host country for further processing.

Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to change your personal details. An update can only be made by the responsible body that processes your file. However, you can update your contact details at any time. You can track your application online and reuse already uploaded documents for new applications for other countries.

Once your application has been approved, you can create an EPC certificate in PDF format. The EPC certificate contains a reference number. With this reference number, your future employer can check the validity of your EPC online.

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Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy

Last update or date of publication
16.06.2016