Physiotherapy is a regulated profession in Latvia, with the professional title Physiotherapist (Bachelor degree). Legal protection of the title and activity of physiotherapists has been established and they have founded rules of professional conduct for physiotherapists.
Whether physiotherapist members must be registered and obtain a licence to practise physiotherapy has not been specified by the Latvian association. Latvia has established a code of ethics for physiotherapists. The “Welfare Ministry” is responsible for the physiotherapy profession in Latvia (184).
Physiotherapy in Latvia is registered in the EU regulated professions database as follows: “Physiotherapist” is a directly related regulated profession with title “Fizioterapeits” recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC (109), ID 12365. General system of recognitionprimary application. Qualification level: PS3 – Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years), Art. 11 d.(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).
184. Latvian Physiotherapists Association. Physiotherapy in Latvia. The World Confederation for Physical Therapy 2012 [cited 2012 March 22]; Available from: http://www.physioeurope.org/index.php?action=15#l.