Last Update on 14/01/2021

Practising as a Podiatrist

General Information

In order to practice as a Podiatrist in the Republic of Cyprus, one must be entered in the Register of Registered Podiatrists by the Podiatrists’ Registration Council and must acquire a licence to practice the profession in accordance with the provisions of the Registration of Podiatrists and Related Matters Law of 2013 (75(Ι)/2013), as periodically amended.

The term ‘podiatry’ means the professional health sector to which identification and evaluation and, where possible, therapeutic intervention at the foot end, with regard to various anatomical dysfunctions, injuries or symptoms due to dysfunction of the whole system of the human body, in the lower extremities, in order to achieve an improvement in the quality of life of man, keeping him moving and ease the pain with regard to problems concerning the lower extremities.

Any natural person shall be entitled to register as a podiatrist, provided that the Podiatrists’ Registration Council is satisfied that the following criteria are met:

(a)is a citizen of the Republic or a Member State or is a spouse or child of a citizen of the Republic or a Member State and is habitually resident in Cyprus;

(b) is at least 21 years old;

(c) holds a health certificate from a member of the Cyprus Medical Association;

(d) has not been convicted of an offence which involves moral obscenity or lack of honesty;

(e) holds a university degree of at least three years’ study or an equivalent degree in podiatry which :

(i) is recognised in the Member State of acquisition in which the profession of the podiatrist is regulated; or

(ii) is recognised by the Cyprus Council of the Recognition of Higher Education Qualificatons (KY.S.A.T.S), if acquired in a third country or in a Member State in which the profession of the podiatrist is not regulated.


Applications for registration in the Register of Registered Podiatrists’ shall be submitted to the Registrar of the Council accompanied by the necessary documents:

Registrar of Podiatrists’ Registration Council
Ministry of Health
1 Prodromou and 17 Chilonos Str,
1448 Nicosia
Tel: +357-22605739
Fax: +357-22605623


  1. The application for registration to the Register of Registered Podiatrists’ must be accompanied by the following documents:

    • Copy of Birth Certificate or other proof of nationality (Copy of Identity Card or Passport for citizens from other Member State of the EU or Wedding Certificate for non-EU citizens who are married to an EU Member State Citizen);
    • Certified copy of University Degree in Podiatry;
    • Certified copy of Official Transcript;
    • Original or Certified copy of Certificate of Recognition of the professional qualification by the Competent Authority of the Member State of establishment or Certificate of Compatibility of the degree according to Directive 2005/36/EC from the competent authority of their country or Certificate of Recognition (for equivalence and correspondence) from the Cyprus Council of Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (KY.S.A.T.S) of the Republic of Cyprus;
    • Original health certificate by a member of the Cyprus Medical Association;
    • Original or Certified Copy of the Certificate of “Good Character” or “Current Professional Status”, issued by the Competent Authorities of the member state or member states in which you have worked in the past;
    • Original Certificate of Clear Criminal Record or Certified copy of the Certificate of “Good Character” or “Current Professional Status”, issued by the Competent Authorities of the member state or member states in which the applicant has worked in the past;
    • Copies of attendance certificates for continuous training;
    • For the purposes of practising podiatry in Cyprus, in accordance with the European Directive 2005/36/EC, it is necessary to have an elementary knowledge of the Greek language (for applicants/citizens from other Member States ). The Council may invite applicants to a personal interview to assess this.

The fees have not been defined as yet.

The Council shall examine and decide on the application submitted to it within three (3) months of its submission.

In the event of a delay in the Council’s examination of the application for reasons of unforeseen circumstances or other justified situations, the applicant shall be informed accordingly, but shall not be deemed to acquire from that delay the right to be automatically registered in the Register.

If the application is rejected, the Council shall draw up a reasoned decision and deliver it to the person concerned, who shall be entitled to request a review of his/her application, by submitting his representations to the Council within fifteen (15) days of the date of notification of the rejection decision to him/her.

It is understood that the Council shall adopt its reasoned decision as soon as possible within one (1) month of the date of submission of the representations.

The Certificate of Registration does not need to be renewed.

The annual practising licence expires on 31/12 of the year of issue. The Council may extend the annual licence up to one (1) month after the 31st  of December of each year.

Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision

A person who is not satisfied by a Council decision may, within twenty (20) days of the date on which the Council’s decision is notified to him/her, challenge that decision by written Administrative Action to the Minister of Health; this provision is regulated in the Health Professionals Registration Councils (Exercise of Hierarchical Administrative Action) Law of 2017.

Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative Court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.

Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.

The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:

I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action

After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.

Appeal Information

An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such a decision was given.

At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated.

However, such a revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.