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Finland – Information

Suomen Jalkojenhoitaja- ja Jalkaterapeuttiliitto ry 


Address: P.O. Box 150, FI-00060 They, Finland
Tel/Fax:: : (+358) 400 536 109

President: Pia Kallio


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Education Process- Currently two polytechnics.
- Podiatrists are educated in polytechnics (also called University of AppliedSciences).
- It does not include any surgical procedures.
- The podiatrist in Finland is more like a therapist, having competency in skin and nail care, biomechanics, insoles, massage, gait analysis, wound care and patient education.

Years/Hours:- 3,5 years
- 210 ECT credits

Degree:- Bachelor
- Bachelor of Health Care
- Podiatrist (higher education degree)

Continuous education mandatory:- No
Name of regulated profession:- Jalkaterapeutti
- Fotterapeut
Schools:Find a school: or here:


Governemental recognition:- Title of podiatrist is included in the list of protected occupational titles as defined in the Decree on Health Care professionals. Professionals entitled to use a protected occupational title will be entered into the central register of health care professionals maintained by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.
Allowing foreign podiatrists- We follow the rules of the National Authority for Welfare and Health ( called Valvira.
- The Valvira supervises every health professional in Finland.
- The Valvira grants, upon application, the right to practice as a licensed or authorized professional.
- Professionals educated outside Finland will go through the same procedure.
Applicable legislation- Act on Health Care Professionals (559/1994) (Finlex)
- Decree on Health Care Professionals (564/1994) (Finlex)

What you need to know about podiatry in Finland:

Is there free access for patients?
- No free access for patients. Only by referral.
Does the podiatrist have prescription rights?
- None
Is the podiatrist is allowed to perform surgery?
- No
Can the podiatrist make and prescribe orthotics?
- Manufactures orthotics
Can the podiatrist use anaesthetics?
- None
Is the podiatry profession regulated? Is there a law protecting the title of podiatrist and describing the competences?
- Podiatry profession is regulated and protected by law. However, the law does not describe the competences.
How many podiatrists are active in Finland?
- 380
Is the FIP-IFP member association recognized by the government as a professional association?
- Yes
Is there a code of conduct/deontology?
- Ethical codes since 2012