Podiatry in The Netherlands

Education

Title of degree:Education process:Number of years/hours/ECTS:Degree:Continuous education mandatory:Name of regulated profession:
– Full time – 4 years
– No specific podiatry master level available
– No PhD available
– 240 ECTs (60 each year))
– Clinical placement bachelor:
First year: 40 hours, second year: 160 hours, third year: 160 hours and fourth year: 960 hours
– Clinical practice bachelor: 160 hours
(more information)
Bachelor Degree in Podiatry Within our quality register you need to reach 160 points on different aspects in a period of 5 years. This is mandatory for being allowed to deliver diabetic footcare and necessary to be a member of the Dutch podiatry association.Podotherapeut

Recognition

Is podiatry recognised:Governmental recognition:Is there a board that regulates the profession (cfr HCPC – AHPRA – Ordre des Podologues):Is there automatic recognition of degree (with or without exam)? With competences based on your training?:Hours of mandatory CPD/CME yearly?:Link to local applicable legislation:

– Yes, for obtaining the title “podotherapeut”
– The title is protected by law
www.podotherapie.nl

Foreign podiatrists in The Netherlands

If you have followed the training programme for podiatrist abroad, you will unfortunately not be able to start work as a podiatrist in the Netherlands straight away. To obtain the title you will need to go through a recognition commission. It is important that you first have your training programme assessed by the Commissie Buitenlands Gediplomeerden Volksgezondheid (CBVG). This has the task of advising the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport on the recognition of the diplomas of foreign professionals wishing to work in the Dutch healthcare sector. The CBVG is part of the CIBG (part of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport).

Address details of the CIBG:
Visiting address
Rijnstraat 50
2515 XP The Hague

Postal address
P.O. Box 20350
2500 EJ The Hague

Telephone during office hours on 070 – 3405487

Application procedure with the Dutch Association of Podotherapists
If the MEB has recognised the training you have followed, you must first register with the Paramedics Quality Register (Kwaliteitsregister Paramedici, KP).
Paramedics Quality Register
P.O. Box 19207
3501 DE Utrecht
T 030 23 18 225
E info@kwaliteitsregisterparamedici.nl

The date of graduation in Belgium is used by the KP as a starting point when determining your registration period within the KP.
After registration with the Quality Register, you can register with the Dutch Association of Podotherapists. We will then inform you further about the membership and the Professional Leadership programme (two day modules and four evening modules) that you still need to follow.

Source: https://www.podotherapie.nl/professional/opleidingen/buitenlands-gediplomeerd/

Q&A – What to know about podiatry in this country

Is there free access for patients?All patients
Does the podiatrist have prescription rights?No
Is the podiatrist allowed to perform surgery?No surgery
Can the podiatrist make and prescribe orthotics?– Prescribes orthotics
– Manufactures orthotics
Can the podiatrist use anaesthetics?No
Is the podiatry profession regulated? Is there a law protecting the title of podiatrist and describing the competences?Yes, within article 34 of the BIG-law (Wet-BIG)
How many podiatrists are active in this country?950 are active in the Netherlands and recognized.
Is the FIP-IFP member association recognized by the government as a professional association?Yes
Is there a code of conduct/deontology?Yes, self-regulated within the association

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