Competent Authorities inside Europe
updated Sep 2018
Most of the 37 EFPA Member Associations have legal recognition of the title psychologist, and many countries also have legal protection of the profession.
This means that the legal authority has defined requirements which entitle the person to use the title psychologist. The legal entity with the powers to define and legislate over the title and the entitlement to work as a psychologist is called the ‘competent authority'. This is usually either a government Ministry or a professional organisation with legal powers and responsibilities. Competent authorities are responsible to take a decision when a professional from another member state wants to practise this regulated profession. In case of provision of service, the declaration must be sent to this authority prior to the provisioning of services. (source: EU Single Market - Regulated professions database)
Below you find the list of the actual 22 countries that are delivering the EuroPsy Certificate and the legal situation for psychologists.
For more information in other countries you can consult the European Commission Regulated Professions Database in the EU member states + Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland available on the website of the European Commission.
|Country||Recognition of title||Competent Authority|
'Psychologist' is a legally recognised and protected
|For work & organisational psychologists there is recognition of the title 'psychologist' in the Psychologist Act § 4.|
|Croatia||'Psychologist' is a legally recognized and protected title for all areas of practice|
|Cyprus||'Psychologist' is not a legally recognized and protected title||Info: Council of Registered Professional Psychologists|
'Psychologist' is a legally recognized and protected title for the health sector (“registered clinical psychologist”), the education sector (“school counseling”), the traffic area ("traffic psychologist"), private practice in area of "Diagnostic and Counseling Psychology",
|Denmark||The title psychologist is a protected title.
Only persons who hold the degree Cand.psych.or its equivalent are entitled to use the title.
The title ‘authorised psychologist’ is also
a protected title. Authorisation is not mandatory
for the practice of psychology in Denmark,
but it is requested within certain areas of work.
Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice
'Psychologist' is a legally recognized title for some areas of practice.
|Council of Health Care and Social Work of Estonian Chamber of Professions|
|Finland||'Psychologist' is a legally recognized and protected title for all areas of practice through the
Act on Health Care Professionals (559/1994) (Finlex) and the Decree on Health Care Professionals (564/1994) (Finlex)
|Valvira - National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health|
|France||'Psychologist' is a legally recognized and protected title for all areas of practice
by Law 85-772 of 25 (July 1985) and specifically Article 44 in force Amended by Ordinance n ° 2016-1809 of 22 (December 2016) - Article 12.
|CIEP - Ministère de l'éducation national|
|Germany||The professional title ‘psychologist’ is not legally recognised but has been protected by a case decision of the federal Court of Germany (1985). There is no requirement for a license to practise.||No competent authority Information: Bundesministerium für Gesundheit|
'Psychologist' is a legally recognized and protected title for all areas of practice
|Regional Health Departments|
|Hungary||'Psychologist' is not a legally recognized and protected title||Állami Egészségügyi Ellátó Központ/National Healthcare Service Center|
|Italy||'Psychologist' is a legally recognized and protected title for all areas of practice||Ministero della Salute/Ministry of Health|
|Latvia||'Psychologist' is not a legally recognized and protected title|
'Psychologist' is a legally recognized and protected title for some areas of practice.
Psychologists working in the health system are licensed under the Ministry of Health
|Lietuvos Respublikos švietimo ir mokslo ministerija/Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania|
'Psychologist' is not a legally recognized and protected title
However, requirements for the Health Care psychologists are defined by the Dutch government through the Health Care Professionals Act (Wet Beroepen in de Gezondheidszorg or BIG) which administers the BIG Register on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
The NIP (national professional organization for psychologists) determines the requirements for Youth and Child Psychologists and Work and Organisation psychologists through its 'Registerpsycholoog' programs and administers the NIP Register
|Norway||'Psychologist' is a legally recognised and protected title for all areas of practice||Helsedirektoratet/The Norwegian Directorate of Health|
|Portugal||'Psychologist' is a legally recognised and protected title for all areas of practice||Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses/The Order of Portuguese Psychologists|
'Psychologist' is not a legally recognized and protected title.
However W&O psychologists working in the state education and health systems are regulated by the ministries of Health and Social development and Science and Education.
'Psychologist' is not legally protected.
|Spain||'Psychologist' is a legally recognized and protected title for some areas of practice like e.g. General Health Psychologist (Psicologo general sanitario)||
Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad (Subdirección General de Ordenación Profesional) -
Information: Consejo General Colegio Oficial de Psicologos
|Turkey||'Psychologist' is a legally recognized and protected title for some areas of practice.
The title of clinical psychologist is regulated by the Ministry of Health through the so-called “bag law” (Omnibus Bill no. 6770 of 2017)
In the UK, nine professional titles are legally regulated and protected. These are:
The single title ‘Psychologist’ is not legally regulated or protected.
|HCPC - Health & Care professions council|