Podiatry is recognised as a health care profession in Belgium since 2016. Podiatrists are mostly active as private practitioners or group practices and they are recognised as part of the multidisciplinary diabetic foot teams.
|Title of degree:||Education process:||Number of years/hours/ECTS:||Degree:||Continuous education mandatory:||Name of regulated profession:|
|Bachelor in de podologie||BAC + 3|
No master level available
|3 years full time (180 ECTS|
|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, since April 1, 2016||There is a recognition since April 1, 2016|
Belgium counts approx. 679 podiatrists (dd 31/12/2017)
|15 hours per year||podologie.be|
If you want to settle permanently in Belgium and exercise a healthcare profession, you must first apply for recognition or have your diploma put on an equal footing.
Important: if you wish to practise podiatry in Belgium for a limited time or occasionally, you must apply for authorization to the Federal Public Service of Public Health. The request is made using a form available on the website of the Federal Public Service of Public Health and must be sent via email@example.com.
DUTCH PART OF BELGIUM:
What you need to do depends on whether your diploma comes from within or outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
|Your diploma||Your nationality||What to do?|
|of the European Economic Area (EEA)**||EEA*|
|Apply for recognition at Zorg en Gezondheid|
|outside the European Economic Area (EEA) **, but assimilated in an EEA country||EEA*||Apply for recognition at Zorg en Gezondheid|
|outside the European Economic Area (EEA)**||EEA|
|Ask for the equivalence of your diploma to NARIC and your visa with the Federal Public Health Service.|
Anyone who has the nationality of one of the 28 member states of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.
You are also counted as a national with a long-term residence permit for one of these countries or with a residence permit as a family member of a European national.
**The European Economic Area consists of the 28 Member States of the European Union and Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
FRENCH PART OF BELGIUM
• You are a citizen of a Member state of the European Economic Area (member state of the European Union and Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland), you have a qualification delivered in one of those countries and you are professionally fully qualified in one of those countries: Contacts for regulated professions
• You hold a qualification authorising you to practise a medical or paramedical profession issued in a member state of the European Economic Area, but you are not an EEE nationals and you wish to practise your profession in Belgium:
Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
DGENORS – Direction de l’agrément des prestataires de soins de santé
rue Adolphe Lavallée, 1 – 5ème étage
Q&A – What to know about podiatry in this country
|Is there free access for patients?||Only non risk patients|
|Does the podiatrist have prescription rights?||No|
|Is the podiatrist allowed to perform surgery?||Microsurgery under the supervision of a doctor|
|Can the podiatrist make and prescribe orthotics?||Prescribes orthotics and Manufactures orthotics|
|Can the podiatrist use anaesthetics?||Only anesthetic cream|
|Is the podiatry profession regulated? Is there a law protecting the title of podiatrist and describing the competences?||Yes, Royal decree from March 2016|
|How many podiatrists are active in your country?||Recognised 679 (dd. 31/12/2017)|
|Is the FIP-IFP member association recognized by the government as a professional association?||Yes|
|Is there a code of conduct/deontology?||No|