In Austria physiotherapy is regulated by “Bundesgesetz über die Regelung der gehobenen medizinisch-technischen Dienste (MTD-Gesetz)“ BGB1. Nr. 460/1992(3). The title “Physiotherapeutin”,“Physiotherapeut”(EN) and the professional activity is protected by the state. The rules of professional conduct are determined directly by the state through national legislation. The physiotherapist must obtain a licence to practise.
Austria has a code of ethics for physiotherapists. The national authority responsible for legislation concerning the physiotherapy profession in Austria is the "Bundesministerium für Gesundheit" (35). Physiotherapist is a directly related regulated profession with title “Physiotherapeutin/ Physiotherapeut(AT)” recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC(5), ID 617. General system of recognition – primary application. Qualification level: PS3 – Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years), Art.11 d(7).
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