The European Professional Qualifications directive guarantees free movement and automatic recognition of different professions in Europe. According to this Directive “For a limited number of professions the Directive allows for automatic recognition of qualifications. Professionals including doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, veterinary surgeons, and architects are granted automatic recognition of their qualifications based on EU-wide agreed minimum training requirements throughout the EU. For example, a Dutch veterinarian qualified in The Netherlands must be recognised as a veterinarian in all other Member States.”
The EBVS aims to obtain this status for EBVS-recognized veterinary specialists. In December of 2016, the EBVS submitted an application for a Common Training Framework for Veterinary Specialization in Europe. This application was the result of many months of hard work and intense communication and exchange among members of the EBVS Executive Committee, Board members, college Boards and national representatives, which was coordinated by EBVS CEO Dimitris Raptopoulos.
The complete dossier, including memorandums of agreement from 13 European countries that automatically recognize EBVS specialists and many letters of support from major stakeholders in countries not recognizing the title, is currently being reviewed by the Policy Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate, with lead responsibility for the common training framework element of the EU Professional Qualifications Directive.
Following review by the policy officer, the application will be discussed among the members of the Group of Coordinators, who are appointed by the EU member states’ national authorities and whose job it is to assist the European Commission that ultimately decides on the application.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed while awaiting the final decision!