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Parliamentary questions
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18 November 2015
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-011409/2015

The regulation of professions or professional activities is, in principle, up to Member States. Every Member State can decide, within the limits of non-discrimination and proportionality, whether or not to regulate a profession or a professional activity and how to regulate it (including the level and content of the training required for access to exercise the profession and possible measures to promote job creation). There are exceptions to this principle for a limited number of professions(1) for which minimum training requirements have been harmonised at the EU level by Directive 2005/36/EC(2) on the recognition of professional qualifications. The complementary and alternative medicine professionals are not among those seven professions.

Directive 2005/36/EC also foresees the possibility to introduce so called Common Training Principles for professions fulfilling the criteria of the directive which include for instance the condition that the profession or the education and training leading to the profession should be regulated in at least 1/3 of the Member States.

According to the information of the Commission the complementary and alternative medicine professionals do not fulfil the required conditions and as a consequence, the Commission does not intend to take action to ensure the development of Common Training Principles for these professions.

(1)Doctors, midwives, nurses responsible for general care, dental practitioners, pharmacists, veterinary surgeons and architects.

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