Podiatry in Finland



Title of degree:Education process:Number of years/hours/ECTS:Degree:Continuous education mandatory:Name of regulated profession:
Currently two polytechnics.
Podiatrists are educated in polytechnics (also called University of AppliedSciences).
It does not include any surgical procedures.
The podiatrist in Finland is more like a therapist, having competency in skin and nail care, biomechanics, insoles, massage, gait analysis, wound care and patient education.
3,5 years
210 ECT credits
Bachelor of Health Care
Podiatrist (higher education degree)


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?:Allowing foreign podiatrists:Link to local applicable legislation:
Title of podiatrist is included in the list of protected occupational titles as defined in the Decree on Health Care professionals. Professionals entitled to use a protected occupational title will be entered into the central register of health care professionals maintained by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.– We follow the rules of the National Authority for Welfare and Health (www.valvira.fi) called Valvira.
– The Valvira supervises every health professional in Finland.
The Valvira grants, upon application, the right to practice as a licensed or authorized professional.
– Professionals educated outside Finland will go through the same procedure.
– Act on Health Care Professionals (559/1994) (Finlex)
– Decree on Health Care Professionals (564/1994) (Finlex)

Foreign podiatrists in Finland

If you wish to work in Finland in a regulated profession or in a post that requires a higher education degree of a certain level, you will need a decision on recognition of your qualification made by Finnish National Agency for Education or another competent authority.

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

Is there free access for patients?No free access for patients. Only by referral.
Does the podiatrist have prescription rights?None
Is the podiatrist allowed to perform surgery?No
Can the podiatrist make and prescribe orthotics?Manufactures orthotics
Can the podiatrist use anaesthetics?None
Is the podiatry profession regulated? Is there a law protecting the title of podiatrist and describing the competences?Podiatry profession is regulated and protected by law. However, the law does not describe the competences.
How many podiatrists are active in this country?380
Is the FIP-IFP member association recognized by the government as a professional association?Yes
Is there a code of conduct/deontology?Ethical codes since 2012

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