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Belgische Vereniging der Podologen – Association Belge des Podologues (BVP-ABP)


Neeravert 10,
1840 Londerzeel
(+32) 52 30 16 28

BVP-ABP President: Carine Haemels


Since 1959, the Belgian Association of Podiatrists (BVP-ABP) has been an official and representative professional association representing Belgian podiatrists at both national and international level.
The professional association consists of a Dutch-speaking and a French-speaking wing and attaches great importance to assisting the members with regard to private and public partners, organisations and government bodies. More information



Education Process- Bac +3 years
- No Master level available
Years/Hours:- 3 years full time (180 ECTS)
- 5400 hours
Degree:- Bachelor
Continuous education mandatory:- Yes
Name of regulated profession- Podologue (French)
- Podoloog (Dutch)
Schools:- Find a school:
or here:


Governemental recognition:- Belgium counts 679 podiatrists (dd 31/12/2017)
- Since April 1, 2016
Allowing foreign podiatrists- Since April 1, 2016 (You will find more information on the website:
- More information about foreign podiatrists: Dutch website, French website
Applicable legislation-

What you need to know about podiatry in Belgium:

Is there free access for patients?
- Only non risk patients
Does the podiatrist have prescription rights?
- No
Is the podiatrist is allowed to perform surgery?
- Microsurgery under the supervision of a doctor
Can the podiatrist make and prescribe orthotics?
- Prescribes orthotics and Manufactures orthotics
Can the podiatrist use anaesthetics?
- Only anesthetic cream
Is the podiatry profession regulated? Is there a law protecting the title of podiatrist and describing the competences?
- Yes, Royal decree from March 2016
How many podiatrists are active in Belgium?
- Recognised 679 (dd. 31/12/2017)
Is the FIP-IFP member association recognized by the government as a professional association?
- Yes
Is there a code of conduct/deontology?
- No