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Parliamentary questions
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12 January 2017
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-008204/2016

According to the Commission's data base, the profession of osteopathy is not regulated in most Member States, including Spain. The directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications(1) does also not foresee that certain profession have to be regulated. Instead, Member States which regulate a given profession must recognise education, training and work experience in other Member States under the relevant procedures.

As there is no harmonisation on the profession of osteopathy in Europe, the Member States are free to determine which activities they foresee for this profession. Thus, the training requirements and the reserved activities for this profession may differ from country to country. As a consequence, Spain can, for example, reserve some activities that osteopaths do in other Member States for other professions on its territory. This is in line with EC law, as long as it meets the requirements of the principle of proportionality and non-discrimination.

(1)Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications, OJ L 255, 30.9.2005, p. 22.

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