The Commission has published an assessment of stakeholders’ experience with the EPC and the alert mechanism procedures. Launched in January 2016, the card has been available for five very mobile professions (nurses responsible for general care, pharmacists, physiotherapists, mountain guides and real estate agents) who want to work in another member state.
The alert mechanism requires EU countries to warn each other through the IMI about professionals working in the fields of health or education of minors who have been prohibited or restricted from practice in one EU country. The assessment shows that the EPC and the alert mechanism have further enhanced safe professional mobility and provided added value compared to traditional recognition processes. Stakeholder feedback also confirmed that the alert mechanism strengthens cooperation and trust among national authorities for safe mobility of professionals.