Physiotherapy is regulated in Irish legislation S.I No 135 of 1996, Regulation 19, part 1,
professions and professional activities regulated by law. There is no legal protection of the title of physiotherapist; membership of the Irish Society confers the right to use the term Chartered Physiotherapist (161).
There is no legal protection of activity of physiotherapists but nor is there any legal limitation of activity (161). The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists is acting with the approval of the Minister for Health. Professions and professional activities are regulated by professional bodies which are recognized in a special form by the State.
Physiotherapist is organized in MISCP (The Irish Society of Chartered
Physiotherapists)(162). Ireland has a code of ethics for physiotherapists and The Irish Society has adopted the European Core Standards of Physiotherapy Practice (161).
Physiotherapy is registered in the EU regulated professions database as follows:
Physiotherapy is a directly related regulated profession with title “chartered physiotherapist” recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC (5), ID 100. General system of recognition- primary application. National legislation: S.I. Number 135 of 1996. All regions. Qualification level: PS3 – Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years), Art. 11 d (7).
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: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/qualifications/regprof/index.cfm?fuseaction=regProf.index.
161. Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP). Physiotherapy in Ireland. The World Confederation for Physical Therapy 2012 [cited 2012 21 April]; Available from: http://www.physioeurope.org/index.php?action=15&subaction=details&member=30.
162. Niamh Bhreathnach Minister for Education. S.I. No. 135/1996 — Regulations Entitled European Communities (Second General System For The Recognition of Professional Education and Training) Regulations, 1996.: Ministry of Education; 1996 [cited 2012 January 26,]; Available from: http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1996/en/si/0135.html.