Podiatry in Switzerland

Education

Title of degree:Education process:Number of years/hours/ECTS:Degree:Continuous education mandatory:Name of regulated profession:
Tertiary level professional education is a Swiss speciality. Its education and training programmes and qualifications are less known abroad, in particular in countries which do not have a dual vocational and professional education and training system. Registered Podiatrist, Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education5400h obtain the Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher EducationTertiary level professional educationhttps://cips.ch/professions-sante/29/podologue
https://www.podologie.swiss/
Dipl. Podologin/e HF /
Podologue diplômé(e) ES / Podologa/o diplomata/o SSS

Recognition

Is podiatry recognised:Governmental recognition:Is there a board that regulates the profession (cfr HCPC – AHPRA – Ordre des Podologues):Allowing foreign podiatrists:Link to local applicable legislation:
The practice of the profession of podiatrists is reserved for holders of podiatry degree awarded by a Swiss or foreign school recognised by the competent federal authority.In order to ensure constant quality assurance in the Swiss health sector, Swiss professional titles and recognised foreign diplomas are registered with the Swiss Red Cross.
Since 1 January 2015, data on individuals, diplomas and licences to practice can be consulted online in the National Register of Health Professions NAREG.
NAREG, the Swiss register for healthcare professions, is a national database similar to MedReg, the Swiss register of medical professions.
Registered Podiatrist, Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education are listed in NAREG.
Persons who completed their training abroad and whose professional title has been recognised by the competent authorities are not allowed to use the protected Swiss title of “ES graduate”. They may, however, use the usual designation of the profession in Switzerland (e.g. podiatrist) or use the title as it was awarded to them in the country of issue (with indication of the country).https://www.redcross.ch/fr/theme/enregistrement-de-titres-de-formation

Foreign podiatrists in Switzerland

How do to start the recognition process?
The recognition procedure starts with a mandatory PreCheck. This preliminary examination of your documents is free of charge and takes place via the online portal www.precheck.ch. The free PreCheck procedure determines whether the SRC is competent to process your application for recognition.
You will need to contact the canton where you will exercise the profession regarding the autorisation (fe The Valais (Wallis in German): available in DE-FR only).

Persons who completed their training abroad and whose professional title has been recognised by the competent authorities may use the usual designation of the profession in Switzerland (e.g. podiatrist) or use the title as it was awarded to them in the country of issue (with indication of the country).

To access the information regarding the procedure (available in IT-DE-FR only)
Click here to access the information on the title (available in IT-DE-FR only)

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?3000
Is the FIP-IFP member association recognized by the government as a professional association?yes
Is there a code of conduct/deontology?yes

The STATE COUNCIL of the Republic and Canton of Geneva having regard to the Health Act of 7 April 2006 : Registered podiatrists have the right, within the limits of the competences attested by their diploma, to preserve, maintain and improve the locomotor function and the well-being of the patient:
a) by ensuring the integrity of the foot;
b) by treating, through their care, epidermal and nail conditions that interfere with physiological ambulation and painless footwear;
c) by palliating the complications of certain pathologies of systemic origin;
d) by making custom-made plantar and orthotic supports;
e) practising foot massage and gymnastics for comfort;
f) by providing the patient with the means for effective personal care.

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