Recognition Of Qualifications


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Professional qualifications held by nationals of Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area are recognised in accordance with the legal arrangements approved by Law No. 9/2009 of 4 March, as amended by Laws No. 41/2012 of 28 August and 25/2014 of 2 May, which transposed into Portuguese law Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications, as amended by Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013.


Nationals of Member States of the European Union or the European Economic Area, whose qualifications have been obtained in another Member State, access the activities under the same conditions as nationals, through the recognition of qualifications, in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 9/2009 of 4 March.


It is the responsibility of Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, S.A. (INCM), as the competent authority, to allow the following regulated professions to be accessed and exercised, pursuant to Article 9(2) of Directive no. 333-B/2017, of 3 November, and article 18(2) of Law no. 5/2015, of 15 January:


a) Valuer of articles of precious metals and gemological materials;
b) Melter-assayer of articles of precious metal technical manager;
c) Expert-classifier-valuer of rough diamonds.


The following documents must be submitted to the competent authorities for the purposes of the recognition request:

  • Declaration of competence or training certificate issued by a competent authority, which is required by another member state to access and exercise the same profession in its territory.
  • Proof of the applicant’s nationality;
  • Training certificate that gives access to the profession in question and, in cases where professional experience is relevant, a document proving such experience;
  • In the case of recognition of professional experience, a document certifying the nature and duration of the activity, issued by the competent authority in the Member State of origin;
  • If exercising the profession depends on an absence of reprehensible behaviour that could affect it, or absence of insolvency, or absence of serious professional misconduct or criminal offence, a document proving that any of these requirements are met, issued by a competent authority in the member state of origin or, in its absence, a document in which the applicant declares under oath that he/she meets the requirements in question or, where appropriate, a declaration made under oath to the competent entity in the member state of origin;
  • If exercising the profession is subject to the verification of requirements related to the applicant’s physical or mental health, a document certifying this requirement from the member state of origin or, in its absence, issued by a competent authority in that State;
  • If exercising the profession depends on a verification of the applicant’s financial capacity or civil liability insurance, a declaration issued by a banking institution or insurance company, respectively, of the other member state;
  • In the case of recognition on the basis of coordination of minimum training conditions, in addition to the training certificate the competent authority may ask the applicant to submit a certificate from the competent authority of the member state of origin confirming that the certificate corresponds to the provisions of section iii of this chapter.



The request for authorisation to exercise a regulated profession must be decided upon within 90 days.


If the certificate corresponds to training fully or partly received in a member state different to where it was issued, the competent authority may, if in doubt, contact the competent organisation of the member state where the certificate was issued to verify that the applicant may exercise, in the territory of the latter, the same profession that the applicant intents to exercise in national territory.