Physiotherapy is a regulated profession in Italy with the title “Fisioterapista”. Legal
protection of the title and the professional activity of the physiotherapist profession havebeen established.
Professional ethics have been established, and disciplinary jurisdiction is established by the State. There is no requirement for the physiotherapist to be registered and/or have a license to practise.
The “Ministero della Salute” is responsible for the physiotherapy profession in Italy, and the “Ministero dell’Università” for the education (176).
Physiotherapy is registered in the EU regulated professions database with two professions: Physiotherapy is a directly related regulated profession with title “Terapista della riabilitazione” (Physiotherapist (EN)) recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC (109).
General system of recognition – primary application. Qualification level: PS3 – Diploma of postsecondary level (3-4 years), Art. 11 d (7).
Physiotherapy is a directly related regulated profession with title “Fisioterapista” (Physiotherapist (EN)) recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC(109). Since 2003 this profession corresponds only to terapista della riabilitazione) (EN)(7).
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.
109. DIRECTIVE 2006/123/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 12 December 2006 on services in the internal market, (2006).
176. Associazione Italiana Fisioterapisti (A.I.FI.). Physiotherapy in Italy. The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) 2012 [cited 2012 March 17]; Available from: http://www.physioeurope.org/index.php?action=15#i.