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Directive 2005/36 on the recognition of professional qualifications

Are you a national of a Member State of the European Union or of a country which has ratified the directive on the recognition of professional qualifications (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)? In this case, Directive 2005/36 will make it easier for you to have your professional qualifications recognised in Belgium, if you attended training or acquired experience in an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

You wish to:

  • establish yourself in Belgium;
  • provide services in Belgium on a regular basis without being established there.

In that case you need to provide evidence of your professional qualifications to the competent authority. You may also want to rely on a Point of Single Contact (List of enterprise counters) in order to assist you in this process. You can also directly contact the competent authority. The competent authority can be found in the lists of regulated professions in Belgium.

You can prove your professional qualifications by the following means: your titles (diplomas, degrees, attestation of professional competence, ...), documents attesting to professional experience, an EC Certificate or a European professional card issued in your country of origin under the provisions of directive 2005/36.

You wish to provide services in Belgium on a temporary and occasional basis.

The temporary and occasional nature of the services provided is assessed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account, among others, their duration, frequency, regularity and continuity.

You are not required to provide evidence of professional qualifications, except for the professions mentioned in list III and those which may require prior declaration (see the explanation regarding your profession).

However, you have to meet the conditions laid down in article 5 of Directive 2005/36 on the recognition of professional qualifications. You have to be able to show:

  • that you are legally established in another Member State of the European Union or in one of the countries having ratified the directive on recognition of professional qualifications (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) in order to exercise the same profession and
  • that you have acquired professional experience of at least one year over the past ten years in the profession or that you comply with the requirements for access to that profession in your country of origin, if it is regulated there.

If you come to Belgium, you will be subjected to:

  • the rules of professional conduct, regulations and administrative provisions directly related to your professional qualifications in matters such as the definition of the profession, the use of professional titles and serious professional misconduct with an immediate and specific effect on consumer protection and safety;
  • the disciplinary rules which are applicable in Belgium to professionals carrying out the same profession.

For further information, please contact the Assistance centre.

Assistance centre
FPS Economy, S.M.E.s, Self-employed and Energy
Direction générale Politique des P.M.E. - Service Professions intellectuelles et Législation
North Gate- 4e étage
Bd du Roi Albert II, 16
1000 Bruxelles
Tél.: +32 (0)2 277 93 91
Email: BE_ASSIST@economie.fgov.be