Useful Links

UK Point of Single Contact:

The Points of Single Contact (PSCs) are e-government portals for entrepreneurs active in the service sector. If you want to expand your business into another EU country or explore new business opportunities, you should use the Point of Single Contact to find out information concerning the rules, regulations and formalities relating to service activities, including information on the relevant administrative procedures such as licenses, notifications and permits. For the contact details for the network of PSCs, visit:

Disclosure and Barring Service:

For certain jobs or voluntary work (such as working with children or vulnerable adults, or in healthcare) employers and licensing bodies can request a Disclosure and Barring Service check. If you need a DBS check, your employer will ask you to fill in an application and provide identity documents, which will then be submitted to the DBS. Once complete, you will be sent a certificate, which you can show your employer. Applications for people living or applying for work in England and Wales should be made through For Scotland, please refer to and Northern Ireland

European Professional Card:

Directive 2013/55/EU has introduced the European Professional Card for five professions across the EEA – pharmacist, physiotherapist, general care nurse, mountain guide and real estate agent. If you are an EU / EEA citizen and wish to practise one of the five professions in another Member State, you can apply online for a European Professional Card. To do so, you may need to create an account via the European Commission Authentication Service:

EU Single Market Regulated Professions Database:

The Regulated Professions Database provides information on regulated professions across the EU, EEA and Switzerland, including information on the relevant regulating authority, statistics on migrating professionals, national authorities and contact points.

Policy Development News:

This website will enable you to keep up to date with developments in the recognition of professional qualifications in the EU.

UK Statutory Instrument:

Directive 2013/55/EU has been transposed into UK national legislation. You can view the full text online.


SOLVIT can help if you are facing difficulties as an EU citizen or business in another EU country, if a public authority is not meeting their obligations under EU law. You can submit a problem to SOLVIT online.

Directive 2005/36/EC:

Directive 2005/36/EC provides the conditions for the recognition of professional qualifications for the purpose of the free moment of professionals within the EU on an established or temporary and occasional basis. It came into force in 2007.

You can read the full text of the Directive online at:


UK NARIC is the designated United Kingdom national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills. It performs this official function on behalf of the UK Government. For further information on the services provided by UK NARIC, please visit our website.


This website provides practical advice and information on public sector services, setting up a business, and general citizen information for the UK.

Your Europe Advice:

This website provides information and signposting for EU citizens, as well as citizens of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, on working and travelling in the EU.

Europe Direct:

This website is the EU citizen information portal answering questions about the EU.


This website houses the European job mobility portal.

Code of Conduct:

The Code of Conduct is official information on acceptable administrative formalities for the recognition of qualifications.

User Guide:

This document contains 66 questions and answers from the European Commission on Directive 2005/36/EC.