|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.
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.
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|