In which countries is NEBOSH recognized

Recognition of qualifications

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The following text describes a special case in connection with the EU eastward expansion. If you are interested in the current EU rules for the recognition of diplomas, you will find the relevant texts here:

Archive: Recognition of diplomas in connection with the EU's eastward expansion

When it comes to the recognition of qualifications, a distinction must be made between academic recognition and recognition of professional qualifications. Because there are no European rules for the academic recognition of university degrees; national legal provisions apply here. The universities decide autonomously on the content of their courses. Therefore there is no Europe-wide diploma. Some time ago, the European Commission introduced the NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centers) network in order to increase the availability of information on equivalences of qualifications.

When it comes to the recognition of professional qualifications, this only applies to regulated professions, i.e. professions to which access is regulated by law. Unregulated professions are only subject to the laws of the labor market, i.e. the employer decides whether he considers the applicant's qualifications to be sufficient. For professions that require a title or a specific qualification as access, there are a number of European directives that apply in the new Member States from the date of accession.

But even if these recognition guidelines are implemented, they are not yet automatically recognized. Mutual recognition according to Community law takes place automatically for the professional activity of craftsmen, traders and farmers if they have acquired the required professional experience in their home country. Mutual recognition also takes place automatically in the so-called sector guidelines, i.e. for doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, veterinarians, pharmacists and architects. Here the minimum training requirements have already been coordinated by the member states. However, this applies to a limited extent to qualifications that were acquired before the directive came into force. Here it must be checked whether the training meets minimum criteria under Community law and whether additional qualifications can be submitted. Lawyers are also automatically recognized if they practice under their original professional title on the basis of approval from their home country.

However, there is no guarantee of recognition for lawyers who want to practice under the professional title of the host country, engineers, physiotherapists and other medical auxiliary professions, auditors, tax consultants, designers and town planners. And for all professions according to the guideline for the general recognition of professional qualifications. If the examination reveals differences in qualifications or professional experience, a compensatory measure (aptitude test or adaptation course) can be requested.

There is also a special feature for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic, as these countries used to be on the territory of another country. The qualifications obtained at that time must be equivalent to the current national qualifications and the profession must have been practiced for three consecutive years in the applicant country - in the period of five years before the application for recognition.

The NARIC system can be used to find out which German qualifications are equivalent to qualifications obtained abroad. This also allows conclusions to be drawn about mutual recognition. But they are not recognition bodies. The "Anabin" database of the Conference of Ministers of Education also only provides information about the equivalences. You have to find out for yourself which body is responsible for which recognition for the respective country. In Germany, for example, there are uniformly the medical associations for doctors, for non-medical health professions but the district governments for Bavaria and Lower Saxony, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania the state examination office for medical professions and in North Rhine-Westphalia the health authorities.

additional Information

Information on NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centers)

Database Anabin