Assistance Centre for Professional Qualifications
Every country in the EU has an Assistance Centre that can help you if you'd like to work in a regulated profession. The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) is the responsible authority for the Assistance Centre in Sweden.
The Assistance Centre can answer questions on a number of topics related to regulated professions, including:
- what professions are regulated in different countries
- if authorisation is required to work in the profession
- what documents should be submitted when applying for authorisation
- any language requirements
- the European Professional Card.
The Assistance Centre can even answer questions from public authorities and professional organisations, for example questions about Swedish education or what is required in order to employ people with a foreign education.
Certification for Swedish qualifications
The Assistance Centre in Sweden can also issue a certificate for Swedish qualifications for work in another country. In the certificate, we provide information that helps public authorities in other countries understand Swedish education with an application to practice a regulated profession.
Assistance Centre for Regulated Professions
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: +46 (0)10-470 03 00
The Assistance Centre generally has short processing times. It takes approximately two to three weeks to receive a response. Sometimes, we may need to contact another public authority in order to check the authenticity of a qualification. In this case, the processing time can be a bit longer.
Information regarding Brexit
In short, the following applies from 1 January 2021 for recognition of professional qualifications for work cross-border between the EU and the UK in a regulated profession:
- An earlier decision regarding recognition of professional qualifications still applies even after the day of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
- Applications submitted by 31 December 2020 for recognition of permanent professional practice to and from the UK will be processed according to EU regulations.
- Applications submitted after 31 December 2020 for recognition of professional qualifications for access to a regulated profession to and from the UK are no longer covered by EU regulations.
Under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement now concluded between the EU and the UK, it will be possible for the various professional categories to merge and apply for negotiations to begin to establish agreements with the UK on the recognition of professional qualifications by professional category.
You’re welcome to give us feedback on this information page (Assistance Centre for Professional Qualifications). The link leads to feedback questions provided by the European Commission.