What is a European Professional Card (EPC)?
Where does it appy?
You can use the EPC procedure if:
For how long can you use your EPC?
The EPC will be valid:
• indefinitely if you are settling long-term (establishment);
• 18 months in most cases where you're providing services temporarily, or 12 months for professions which have an impact on public health or safety (i.e.: this could be the case in certain countries for professions such as physiotherapist or mountain guide).
How to apply for a EPC?
To apply for an EPC, you will first need to sign in with EU Login, through the European Commission Authentication Service (ECAS). You will need to create an account, if you don't have one already.
It will then take a few minutes to complete your EPC profile with your personal information and contact details.
Once your profile information is complete, you can create an application, upload electronically scanned copies of the relevant documents and submit them to your home country authority. You can use the Simulator to check which relevant documents you need and fees to be paid.
Each supporting document should be scanned and then uploaded as a separate file.
In your profile you can update your contact details (e-mail address, telephone number) anytime. Once the first application is submitted, you can no longer update your personal data (ID or passport number, your last name or nationality - which will appear on the certificate) yourself, but will have to request an update to the authority handling your file.
For each application, both home country and host country authorities could charge you fees to examine your file. If they do, you will receive a separate invoice from each authority.
Authorities may also ask you to provide certified copies of your documents, if they can't verify the validity of your documents.
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