Recognition of Professional Qualifications for nationals of EU Member States, EEA countries and Switzerland
This web site contains information for nationals of the EU Member States, the Czech Republic, the European Economic Area countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland who wish to practise a regulated profession or professional activity in the Czech Republic.
Recognition of Professional Qualifications is regulated by Act No 18 /2004 Coll., on the recognition of professional qualifications and other competencies of nationals of Member States of the European Union and on the amendment of some acts" (Act on Recognition of Professional Qualifications) which resulted from transposition of three EU directives on the "general system for the recognition of professional qualifications" into Czech legislation. The directives are as follows: Council Directive 89/48/EEC on a general system for the recognition of higher-education diplomas awarded on completion of professional education and training of at least three years` duration; Council Directive 92/51/EEC on a second general system for the recognition of professional education and training to supplement Directive 89/48/EEC; Directive 1999/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a mechanism for the recognition of qualifications in respect of the professional activities covered by the Directives on liberalisation and transitional measures and supplementing the general systems for the recognition of qualifications.
A regulated profession or activity is a profession/activity which is subject to legislative requirements (qualification requirements and, in some cases, requirements concerning integrity, physical fitness etc.) which, if not met, do not allow the person to pursue the given profession/activity in the Czech Republic.
Each Member State is free to choose which professions and activities wants to regulate. As a result each Member State regulates different amounts of professions and activities; has a different scope of its regulation; and requirements on each profession and activity also differ.