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Massage in Austria

The Act “Medizinischer Masseur- und Heilmasseurgesetz – MMHmG”- BGBl. I Nr. 169/2002, regulates massage professions in Austria (24). Different massage titles are registered in the national register for registered professions as well as in the EU regulated professionals database.

Masseur/Massage therapist/Spa therapist/Masseur-Aesthetician is a directly related
regulated profession with title “Masseur” recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC(5), ID 654.

General system of recognition – primary application. National legislaton: Gewerbeordnung 1994. Qualification level: DSE – Diploma (post-secondary education), including Annex II (ex 92/51, Annex C,D). Art.11 c(7). Useful link: nihil.

“Physiotherapy assistant” (formerly ‘Heilbademeister/in und Heimmasseur/in)’(EN) is a
directly related regulated profession with title “Medizinischer/r Masseur/in (AT)” under
Directive 2005/36/EC(5), ID 631. General system of recognition- primary application. Qualification level: SEC-Certificate attesting the completion of a secondary course, Art. 11b (7). Useful link:

Physiotherapy assistant is a directly related regulated profession with title
“Heilmasseurin/Heilmasseur (AT)” (formerly Heilbadenmeister/in und Heilmasseur/in (EN) recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC(5), ID 3795. General system of recognition – primary application. Qualification level: SEC – Certificate attesting the completion of a secondary course Art. 11 b.(7). 

The commercial masseur (“gewerblicher Masseur”) is a regulated trade BGB1. Nr. 194/1994, 1994a (25).


5. DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications (Text with EEA relevance) (OJ L 255, 30.9.2005, p. 22) Amended up to March 2011, (2005).

7. The European Commission. Regulated professions database. Brussels: EUROPA; 2011 [cited 2012 February 10, ]; Available from:

25. Wilfling E. Survey, Systematisation and Comparison of Professional, Advanced and Continuing Training Programs for Osteopathy available in Austria in the Winter Term 2006/2007. Wien: Donau Universität Krems; 2007.

A useful link would be to this PDF of Healthcare Professions in Austria (2017), from the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection.

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