Last update 11.01.2022
The exercise of certain professions in Luxembourg (known as regulated professions) is subject to first receiving an authorisation to practise by the competent ministry.
In some cases, the recognition of professional qualifications is a prerequisite for obtaining an authorisation to practise. The Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche - MESR) is responsible for the recognition of foreign higher education diplomas for access to regulated professions.
Recognition of professional qualifications is exclusively aimed at access to a regulated profession. It does not confer the right to use an academic title and does not indicate the level of the Luxembourg Qualifications Framework (cadre luxembourgeois des qualifications - CLQ). Further information on registration in the register of certificates and the related recognition criteria is available in our information page on 'Academic recognition'.
Furthermore, access to the regulated profession of lawyer via the Cours complémentaires en droit luxembourgeois (CCDL) still requires the completion of procedure for the approval of law degrees.
The professions concerned which are under the regulatory competence of the Ministry of Health are the following:
The professions concerned which are under the regulatory competence of the General Directorate for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at the Ministry of the Economy are the following:
Persons practising one of these medical professions (physician, dentist, veterinary surgeon and pharmacist) must first apply to the Ministry of Health for an authorisation to practise.
Persons exercising a liberal profession listed above that is under the authority of the General Directorate for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises of the Ministry of the Economy must first submit an application for an authorisation of establishment to said General Directorate.
All applications for recognition of professional qualifications are subject to the prior payment of a fee of EUR 75 per recognition and profession.
The fee is to be paid into the following account:
IBAN: LU80 0019 5955 4435 5000
Name of the beneficiary: Administration de l’enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA
Communication: Taxe reconnaissance des diplômes, MESR, surname of the applicant, date of the application
Applicants can submit their application for recognition online using MyGuichet.lu. The online application does not require the use of a LuxTrust product or an electronic identity card (eID).
After the application is submitted, all subsequent messages, including notifications of changes in the application's processing status, will be sent by email.
Applicants can also submit their application by post. The application form and required supporting documents must be sent to the following address:
Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
18-20, montée de la Pétrusse
The application form can be downloaded under 'Forms / Online services' below.
Applicants must include the following supporting documents with their application:
Documents must be accompanied by a translation into English, French, German or Luxembourgish if one or more of these documents is in a language other than one of these 4 languages.
After the application for recognition has been examined, the decision is sent to the applicant by post. This may be:
In the case of a decision on direct recognition, the applicant must apply for an authorisation to practise the profession and/or for a right of establishment to the competent ministry.
The decision to grant compensatory measures (aptitude test or adaptation period) is based on the finding of substantial differences between:
In the event of a decision granting compensatory measures, recognition of professional qualifications is conditional on the successful completion of an aptitude test and/or an adaptation period. The purpose of these measures is to bridge the existing differences between the applicant's qualifications and the professional profile required in Luxembourg.
Information on the details of the adaptation period and the aptitude test is given in the letter notifying the decision to grant compensatory measures.
After obtaining recognition of professional qualifications following the successful completion of the compensatory measures, the authorisation to exercise the profession / authorisation of establishment must be applied for to the competent ministry.
If the application for recognition of professional qualifications is refused, the applicant may contest the administrative decision, against which the usual means of appeal (non-contentious appeal, judicial appeal) can be exercised, provided that the legal time limits are respected.
Claims may also be filed with the Ombudsman.
A copy of the decision can be obtained against payment of a EUR 10 fee. Applications for duplicate copies must be made by post or email to the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche) and must contain:
Demande de reconnaissance des qualifications professionnelles afférentes à la profession de psychothérapeute