Today, the Commission opens a public survey to gather views on the first year of operation of the European Professional Card (EPC) and the accompanying 'Alert Mechanism'.
The EPC, an electronic procedure rather than a 'physical' card, has been available from 18 January 2016 for general care nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, real estate agents and mountain guides. It is the first EU-wide, fully digital procedure for the recognition of professional qualifications
To ensure that EU patients and consumers are adequately protected, an Alert Mechanism was also introduced to quickly warn the national authorities in case of irregularities concerning professionals who work in the health and education of minors.
After more than one year, the Commission wishes to gather views on the first experiences of both initiatives.
A public survey is launched today in English, French and German.
From 22 March the survey will be available in all official EU languages.
The survey will close on the 3 May 2017 (6 weeks after its publication in all EU languages).
Professional organisations representing any of the 5 EPC professions and public authorities involved in the national implementation of the 2 initiatives are invited to participate in, and promote the survey.
The results will be a fundamental part of the evaluation of the initiatives and a base for potential actions that the Commission may wish to take in the future.