• Application for Recognition of Foreign Professional Qualifications(under general procedure) is submitted to

Recognition of qualifications in healthcare and education

(Note: scanned application and other documents should be attached to the e-mail.)


Costs of the procedure: HRK 1,500.00

Fee: HRK 70.00

Online payment details:

Account holder: Croatian Council of Physiotherapists

Account No.: HR6224020061100594086

Erste&Steiermarkische Bank d.d.


Model: HR00

Reference number: PIN(of the Payer) – 5555

Purpose of payment: costs of recognition of foreign professional qualifications

Competent authority and regulations

Croatian Council of Physiotherapists

Donje Svetice 46c/IV

10 000 Zagreb


Act on Regulated Professions and Recognition of Foreign Professional Qualifications (Official Gazette 82/15, 70/19, 47/20);

Ordinance on the Criteria for the Recognition of Foreign Professional Qualifications (Official Gazette 89/13);

General Administrative Procedure Act (Official Gazette 47/09).


Decision on Recognition of Foreign Professional Qualifications.

Time limit for obtainment: up to 90 days.

If the requirements for recognition of foreign professional qualifications are not met, that is, if there are significant differences between the professional qualifications of the applicant and professional qualifications prescribed for physiotherapeutic profession in the Republic of Croatia, and all the required documents are duly submitted, the Croatian Council of Physiotherapists will send a conclusion to the applicant, requesting them to provide, within 8 days, a written response regarding the choice between one of the following compensation measures: a) adaptation period of up to three years, or b) competency test (examination).

Croatian Council of Physiotherapists shall, within 60 days from the day of receipt of the applicant’s response regarding the chosen compensation measure, render a provisional decision determining the applicant’s compensation measure. The applicant will be invited to take the competency examination within 6 months from the day of rendering of the provisional decision.

The costs for implementing the compensation measure shall be borne by the applicant prior to the commencement thereof, i.e. prior to taking of the examination. The fee for implementing the compensation measure of competency examination within the procedure of recognition of foreign professional qualifications amounts to HRK 1,900.00.

Legal remedies and appeals

Appealsto be submitted within 15 days

The applicant may lodge an appeal against the Decision on Recognition of Professional Foreign Qualifications to the Ministry competent for healthcare by submitting the appeal to the Croatian Council of Physiotherapists withing 15 days from the receipt of the Decision.

The applicant may not appeal against the Decision of the Ministry competent for healthcare, but he/she may initiate administrative proceedings before the competent administrative court.

Updated on: 12 October 2020

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