Services and Qualifications
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You can read comments made on this sub-category below.
The practice of, and access to, certain professions is often subject to having qualifications. Training requirements for obtaining such professional qualifications can differ from country to country. Not long ago, a person who was a fully qualified professional in one EU country would not necessarily have met the requirements to practise in another EU country unless he/she had completed an entire training course in the latter (host Member State). European rules on mutual recognition of qualifications were introduced to overcome this difficulty. However, some business professions are still subject to UK Government regulation and we want to know whether or not these requirements are hindering growth in the business services sector.
Tell us what you think should happen to these regulations and why, being specific where possible:
- Should we scrap them altogether?
- Could their purpose be achieved in a non-regulatory way (e.g. through a voluntary code?) How?
- Could they be reformed, simplified or merged? How?
- Can we reduce their bureaucracy through better implementation? How?
- Can we make their enforcement less burdensome? How?
- Should they be left as they are?
You can view the regulations relating to this part of the theme from the scroll box below the menu on the left hand side of this page.
The Services Regulations 2009
These regulations implement the EU Services Directive which makes it easier for businesses to set up or sell their services anywhere in Europe.
The European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2007
These regulations implement EU law governing the recognition of professional qualifications when a professional moves between EU states.