Physiotherapy is a regulated profession in Spain with the title “Fisioterapeuta” The title and the professional activity is protected by the state through national legislation. The physiotherapist must be state registered and obtain a licence to practise.
Spain has established a code of ethics for physiotherapists. The national authority responsible for the physiotherapy profession in Spain is “Ministerio de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte” (266).
Physiotherapy is registered in the EU regulated professions database as follows:
Physiotherapist is a directly related regulated profession with title “Fisioterapeuta” recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC (5), ID 460. General system of recognition- primary application. All regions. Qualification level: PS3- Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years), Art.11d (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.
266. Asociacion Española de Fisioterapeutas (A.E.F.). Physiotherapy in Spain. The World
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