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Brexit and the recognition of qualifications

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As of 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom is no longer covered by EU rules on the recognition of professional qualifications. This affects the recognition of professional qualifications.
A Brexit puzzle

The Finnish National Agency for Education makes decisions on the recognition of professional qualifications and comparability of foreign higher education degrees and studies. 

The Professional Qualifications Act (1384/2015) is applied in the decision-making if the applicant is an EU or EEA citizen and has gained a professional qualification in such fields as teacher training, early childhood education and care, or fire and rescue services in another EU or EEA member state. This Act is based on the EU's Professional Qualifications Directive. 

The Act on eligibility for public posts provided by higher education studies completed abroad (1385/2015) is applied in the decision-making provided that

  • the application concerns eligibility for a position for which the statutory requirement is a higher education degree, or a higher education degree of a certain level; or
  • the application concerns eligibility for a post or a position for which the statutory requirement is completing a certain degree or study module, and the Act on the recognition of professional qualifications cannot be applied.

Impacts of Brexit

As of 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom is no longer covered by Union rules on the recognition of professional qualifications.

If a British citizen or a person who has acquired a professional qualification in the UK applies for a recognition on eligibility for a profession that is regulated in Finland after 31 December 2020, the law applied in the decision-making is usually the Act on eligibility for public posts provided by higher education studies completed abroad. The principles and laws applied are further described on the profession-specific websites of the Finnish National Agency for Education.

For a person who has received a decision on the recognition of professional qualifications, the decision provides the same rights even after Brexit.

Further information 

email: recognition [at] oph.fi