Physiotherapy is a regulated profession in Sweden with the title “Registered Physical Therapist”. The title is protected by the state, but the professional activity is not. The rules of professional conduct are determined directly by the state through national legislation.
The physical therapist must be state-registered and obtain a licence to practise. The Swedish physiotherapy association has established a code of ethics for physical therapists.
The national authority responsible for the physiotherapy profession in Sweden is “The National Board of Health and Welfare”(273).
Physiotherapy is registered in the EU regulated professions database as follows:
“Physiotherapist” is a directly related regulated profession with title “Sjukgymnast” recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC (5), ID 2492. General system of recognition- primary application. 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.
273. Swedish Association of Registered Physical Therapists. Physiotherapy in Sweden. The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) 2012 [cited 2012 March 18]; Available from: http://www.physio-europe.org/index.php?action=15#s.