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15.01.2016

Simplification of recognition procedures and more information in the portal for the start of the year

Improvements will be in place in the area of professional recognition from 18 January 2016 onwards. Full electronic application and processing through a single point of contact will be made possible for qualifications in regulated occupations from countries of the European Union or the European Economic Area. A range of new information will be added to the recognition portal.

Overview of innovations

Legal adaptations
The revision of the EU Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications in November 2013 stated that the procedure for the mutual recognition of professional qualifications in the EU must be modernised and simplified. The aim of this was to increase the mobility of those with professional qualifications. In order to implement this directive, the law amending the Federal Professional Qualifications Assessment Act (BQFG-ÄndG) entered into force on 18 January 2016 (Draft Law) and made the necessary changes to the Federal Professional Qualifications Assessment Act (BQFG) and to the Industrial Code. Further changes to the Federal Government and Länder occupational laws and to the Professional Qualifications Assessment Act will follow. The full current legal text of the Federal Professional Qualifications Assessment Act is available here in abbreviated form.

Electronic application for recognition of professional qualifications
In addition to the recognition application, it is now also possible to send the necessary documents (examination certificates, certificates, etc.) electronically for certain regulated occupations if these have been obtained within the European Union or the European Economic Area. This means that the entire application may be submitted electronically for these occupations. This can also be done through the single point of contact for the Land in which the occupation is to be practised. This point of contact then forwards the documents to the competent authority responsible for completing the recognition procedure. Further information about this is available here.

The application with the necessary documentation can of course still be sent by post to the competent authority. These can be searched for in the recognition finder.

Information pages extended in the recognition finder
The Federal Government's central information portal for professional recognition www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de has been extended further with new information about language skills needed for professional recognition, the anticipated costs of the recognition procedure and about appeals which may be brought. For many Länder occupations, the regulations for each individual Land are now also displayed. Information is also available via the recognition finder if you only provide services on a temporary or occasional basis in Germany.

Advice centre as per article 57b of the EU Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications
Information regarding an internal matter. The Federal Government information and service centre for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications which is responsible for the “Recognition in Germany” portal, will also become the national advice centre under article 57b of the EU Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications. This also includes the task of providing both EU citizens and advice centres in other member states with information regarding the recognition of foreign professional qualifications in Germany.

Please email us, if you cannot find the information you are looking for in the Information portal (contact form).