What is a European Professional Card (EPC)?
The European Professional Card (EPC) is an electronic procedure you can use to have your professional qualifications recognised in another EU country (in this case the 28 EU Member States) It is easier and quicker to manage than traditional qualification recognition procedures, and more transparent: you can keep track of your application on-line and re-use already uploaded documents to start new applications for different countries.
The EPC is not a physical card. It is the electronic proof that you have passed administrative checks and your professional qualifications have been recognised by the country you want to work in (host country), or that you have met the conditions to provide services temporarily in that country.
When an application is approved, you will be able to generate an EPC certificate in pdf format. This will also include a reference number your prospective employer can use to check your EPC's validity online.
Where does it appy?
For the moment, you can use the EPC procedure only if you are:
• a nurse responsible for general care;
• a pharmacist;
• a physiotherapist;
• a mountain guide (not applicable in the Republic of Cyprus);
• a real estate agent.
You can use the EPC procedure if:
you want to practise your profession in another EU country on a temporary and occasional basis (temporary mobility)
• A Belgian real estate agent wants to go to Hungary to assist a client with the search of an apartment in Budapest;
• A German mountain guide wants to work in France during the busy Chamonix holiday season.
• you want to settle in another EU country and practise your profession there permanently (establishment)
• A Finnish general care nurse wants to move with her family to Sweden and practise her profession there;
• A Polish pharmacist has studied and obtained her diploma in Germany and she now wants to come back to Poland and work as a pharmacist there.
For how long can you use your EPC?
How to apply for a EPC?