Professional Qualifications Directive

On 9 October the European Parliament passed the trilogue agreement on the Professional Qualifications Directive, including the amendments on the Common Training Framework that enable the tool to be used for cross-border recognition of Chapter III specialties (e.g. pharmacy, nursing, veterinary medicine).

The vote was passed with 592 votes in favour, 29 against and 30 abstentions.

A more consolidated text of the agreed changes is available here:
Commission statement here:

The next stage is for the text of the new Directive to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This is due in a number of weeks. Then Member States have two years to ratify the Directive including making any necessary legal changes in their own country.

Work on developing the professional card is already taking place. As this process develops we will endeavour to keep you up to date. Through our constant advocacy we have achieved at least the approval of recognition of specialties in the nursing profession. Of course all of this has to be ratified by the member states so it is not finished yet.

Please engage at your national level with your professional nursing organisation to ensure an eventual satisfactory outcome.