National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) grants, upon application, the right to practice as a licenced or authorised professional and authorises the use of the occupational title of healthcare professional.
Valvira applications and issues decisions on the above matters, also in cases where training has been undertaken outside of Finland.
Professional practice rights decisions are subject to a fee, and the fee will be charged also fromthe negative decisions. Half of the application processing fee will be charged for the cancelled application.
A person practicing as a healthcare professional in Finland without a licence may be sentenced to a fine or imprisonment.
Health care professionals
Under Finnish law, licensing is granted to the following professions: physician, dentist, pharmacist, psychologist, speech therapist, dietician, dispenser, nurse, midwife, public health nurse, physiotherapist, medical laboratory technologist, radiographer, dental hygienist, occupational therapist, optician and dental technician (17 titles in total).
The practice of these professions is restricted to licenced professionals only.
Licensing is granted, upon application, by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.
National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health may grant an authorisation to practice to nationals of countries outside the EU/EEA and who have obtained their qualifications in a country outside of the EU/EEA.
The authorisation is valid for a fixed period of time and may be restricted to a specific place of employment.
Protected occupational titles
The protected occupational titles as defined in the Decree on Health Care professionals are: orthopaedic technician, podiatrist, trained masseur, chiropractor, naprapath, osteopath, practical nurse for social and health care, psychotherapist, hospital physicist, hospital geneticist, hospital chemist, hospital microbiologist and hospital cell biologist (13 titles).
The 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.
Professionals entitled to use a protected occupational title will be entered into the central register of health care professionals maintained by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.