Registering the protected occupational title of a chiropractor (trained in EU/EEA)
- Professional qualification
- Public service
In Finland, chiropractor is a protected occupational title. Professions with protected occupational titles may also be practised by those who possess the required training, experience and professional skills and knowledge. However, they are not entitled to use the protected occupational title. Valvira will enter professionals entitled to use a protected occupational title into the central register of health care professionals (Terhikki).
Do the following
An application is made to Valvira for the right to practise the profession as a health care professional with a protected occupational title. The application process varies according to the applicant's nationality and country of training.
Applicants trained in EU/EEA member states:
The applicant completes an application form accompanied by an attested copy of his or her passport or other document indicating his or her nationality.
- an attested copy of your degree certificate or diploma and required annexes (e.g. list of subjects studied, grades, etc.)
- original certificate, or an attested copy of it, indicating a valid right to practise the profession in the EU country of origin
- original certificate, or an attested copy of it, stating that the training complies with the requirements of the EU Directive
- Translations of the above documents made by a translator authorised in Finland. The documents must be translated into Finnish or Swedish. The translations may be provided as originals or as attested copies.
You cannot apply for a European Professional Card.
To whom and on what terms
- Completed chiropractic's qualification
The following preconditions only apply to persons who are not nationals of an EU/EEA country
- Adequate language skills; a certificate to show that the applicant has passed the State Administration Language Examination or the National Language Proficiency Test. The required level for the State Administration Language Examination is the satisfactory level, and for the National Language Proficiency Test, the intermediate level (levels 3 and 4).
An applicant without a Finnish personal identity number at the time of application must inform Valvira as soon as one is granted.
Applicants should check the websites of Valvira and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health at www.valvira.fi and www.stm.fi and familiarise themselves with the guides prepared by the Ministry on the preparation and storage of patient records and on safe medication.
If an entrepreneur is established in another country within the European Economic Area and provides services in Finland on a temporary basis, the entrepreneur must clarify with the competent authority whether he or she is subject to licensing, notification or registering.
A fee is charged for the service.
You cannot apply for a European Professional Card.Licensing decision, EUR 400 + postage. Any other expenses: • Provisional licensing decision, EUR 400, if unlimited licensing cannot be granted straight away. • A statement requested from a university or educational institution in order to assess the level of training provided abroad, EUR 350 (the statement is never requested without the applicant's approval)
3 - 4 months from the receipt of the application. Incomplete applications cause delays in the handling process.
Period of validity
The licence is valid until further notice.
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Decree on Valvira services which are liable to charges
Act on Health Care Professionals
Decree on Health Care Professionals
Decree on Amending the Decree on Health Care Professionals