Podiatry in Spain

Education

Title of degree:Education process:Number of years/hours/ECTS:Degree:Continuous education mandatory:Name of regulated profession:
Graduado en Podologia– 4 years academic bachelor
– The graduates before the implementation of Bologna studied 3 years:
o They are not required to complete the remaining credits (ECTS) to equal the degree
o A system of equivalence to edequate the previous graduates to the current title of podiatry degree has been established
– It is not mandatory to study the Master to work
– The master is bnecessary to do the doctoral thesis and obtain the Doctoral Degree by the University
4 yearsDegree in podiatry
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Recognition

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:
– The title of Podiatrist is recognized by the government
– Listed in the LOPS (Health Care Organisation Law – ley 44/2003, de 21 de noviembre, de ordenación de las profesiones sanitarias)
– Recognized within the health profession category
– Podiatry studies can only be modified with the government approval
– Speak Spanish
– If you can’t speak Spanish you need to go to the University 1 year for surgical and exam or 3 years maximum depending on the country
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Foreign podiatrists in Spain

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

Is there free access for patients? All patients
Does the podiatrist have prescription rights?Medication
Is the podiatrist allowed to perform surgery?– Bone surgery
– Soft tissue surgery
Can the podiatrist make and prescribe orthotics?– Prescribes orthotics
– Manufactures orthotics
Can the podiatrist use anaesthetics?Local
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?7146
Is the FIP-IFP member association recognized by the government as a professional association?Yes
Is there a code of conduct/deontology?Yes, regulated by the government

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