Professional recognition

Professional recognition is the authorization by a competent authority (Ministry, Ordem, Professional Association, etc.), to exercise a particular profession or a regulated professional activity.

It is regulated by Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, amended by Directive 2013/55/EU.

Through this Directive a Member State recognizes, for access to a regulated profession and for its exercise, the professional qualifications obtained in one other or more Member States that allow the holder of these qualifications to pursue the same profession.


Regulated professions and their competent authorities

You can find the list of regulated professions and their competent authorities in the European Commission regulated professions database.


National Coordinator for Directive 2005/36/CE

Direção-Geral do Emprego e Relações de Trabalho
Praça de Londres, n.º 2 – 5 º andar
1949-056 LISBOA
Telephone: +351 21 844 14 71