Podiatry in Germany

Education

Title of degree:Education process:Number of years/hours/ECTS:Degree:Continuous education mandatory:Name of regulated profession:
BScBachelor degree 1000 hours practical at hospital, medical practice or podiatry practice, 2,000 hours practical and theoretical at school. 120 to 180 ECTS.Podiatry training is currently offered at around 50 vocational schools. The training usually takes two years full-time and a maximum of four years part-time. Since the introduction of the podiatry law on January 2, 2002, the professional title “podiatrist” or “medical foot care practitioner” is protected through a BSc degree.A point system is used. One training point (FP) corresponds to a 45-minute teaching unit. The obligation for further training comprises 48 FP in a period of four years (period under consideration).Podologe/Podologin

Recognition

Is podiatry recognised:Governmental recognition:Allowing foreign podiatrists:Link to local applicable legislation:
Only those who have completed the described training with final examination at a state-approved vocational school are allowed to use the title “Podiatrist” or “medical foot care practitioner”.Podiatry Actyes, there is a recognition procedure to follow (see below)Podiatry Act
Law on the profession of podiatrist
Date of issue: 04.12.2001
Full quote:
“Podologengesetz vom 4. Dezember 2001 (BGBl. I S. 3320), which was last amended by Article 32 of the law of 2 December 2007 (BGBl. I S. 2686)

Foreign podiatrists in Germany

Permission to use the professional title of podiatrist – if you have completed your training abroad.
Granting a licence to use the professional title of podiatrist to persons who have completed their training abroad.

Requirements
An education completed abroad in the above-mentioned health profession, which is equivalent to a German education or an equivalent level of knowledge.
The equivalence of the level of knowledge is to be proven by an examination or an adaptation course, if necessary.
Health suitability
Proof of reliability and appreciation for the exercise of the health profession
Adequate knowledge of German at level B 2
Proof of competence

More information

Link to the recognition procedure

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

Is there free access for patients?yes
Does the podiatrist have prescription rights?no
Is the podiatrist allowed to perform surgery?no
Can the podiatrist make and prescribe orthotics?yes
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
How many podiatrists are active in this country?not available
Is there a code of conduct/deontology?yes

According to § 3 PodG (Podiatry Act), the training should in particular enable the participants to independently carry out general and special podiatry measures by applying suitable procedures in accordance with the recognized rules of hygiene, to recognize pathological changes or symptoms of diseases of the foot that require medical clarification, to carry out medically indicated podiatric treatments under medical supervision or on medical orders and thus to participate in the prevention, therapy and rehabilitation of foot diseases.
The profession of the podiatrist thus belongs to the health professions.

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