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Physiotherapists - European Professional Card (EPC)
As of 18th January 2016 physiotherapists who are established in the EEA or Switzerland and wish to become established in a different European state may apply for recognition of their professional qualifications using the European Professional Card (EPC) mechanism.
The European Professional Card (EPC), which is an electronic file rather than a physical card, is evidence of the holder’s professional rights obtained in their home state and replaces the need of making a paper application for registration.
Using the EPC for the purpose of establishment is a two-stage process: if you wish to become established in your profession in the UK, and wish to use the EPC mechanism rather than making a paper application, you need to contact the competent authority in the country of your professional establishment (your ‘home State’). You will need to use the Your Europe website to start your EPC application with them – please click here for more information.
The EPC for the purpose of establishment is initiated by your home State, and then transferred to us electronically. We will inform you of the outcome of the recognition procedure within two months of receiving your file.
Please note, you must provide supporting documents (with certified translations into English where necessary) when submitting your application through the EPC mechanism; as you would with a paper application. To avoid your application being delayed, please make sure you read about our requirements in full on the Your Europe website.
As a minimum you must provide:
- evidence of your professional qualifications;
- information about the length and content of your training;
- a certificate of good standing;
- evidence of your professional experience if your profession in unregulated in your home State; and
- proof of your nationality / identity.
We also encourage you to provide evidence of any other training or professional experience relevant to practising your profession.
There are several possible outcomes to the application assessment process:
- Recognition of professional qualifications - recommendation to accept for admission to the Register;
- Requirement to complete a compensation measure – we may ask you to undertake an adaptation period(commonly referred to as period of adaptation or ‘POA’) in order to reach the standard required to be registered with us. As an alternative, you may request an Aptitude Test in place of the adaptation period. Two opportunities will be provided to take the test should the applicant decide to pursue this option.
The assessment process leads to decision on the recognition of your professional qualifications. In order to become registered, other checks, such as character and verification checks, must also be completed successfully.
There is a cost associated with processing of your EPC application – a scrutiny fee of £220. Once we accepted your file for processing we will contact you via e-mail and request this payment. Scrutiny payment is made online, by following a link and instructions sent in our e-mail.
Following acceptance for admission to the Register, a registration fee of £90 per year is payable. The amount covers a profession’s two year registration cycle with the HCPC and the certificate and registration number cannot be issued until payment is received in full.
Please note that the paper application form under the European Mutual Recognition (EMR) route is still available to physiotherapists with relevant rights. You can find more information here.