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The Netherlands – Information

Nederlandse Vereniging van Podotherapeuten  (NVvP)


Noordse Bosje 17,
1211 BG Hilversum,
The Netherlands
(+31) 35 624 63 88 – (+31) 35 628 67 16


NVvP President: Marnix Van Romph


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Education Process- Full time - 4 years
- No specific podiatry master level available
- No PhD available
Years/Hours:- 240 ECTs (60 each year))
- Clinical placement bachelor:
First year: 40 hours, second year: 160 hours, third year: 160 hours and fourth year: 960 hours
- Clinical practice bachelor: 160 hours
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Degree:- Bachelor Degree in Podiatry
Continuous education mandatory:- Within our quality register you need to reach 160 points on different aspects in a period of 5 years. This is mandatory for being allowed to deliver diabetic footcare and necessary to be a member of the Dutch podiatry association.
Name of regulated profession:- Podotherapeut
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Governemental recognition:- Yes, for obtaining the title “podotherapeut”
- The title is protected by law
Allowing foreign podiatrists- Yes, for obtaining the title through a recognition commission
Applicable legislation- ·

What you need to know about podiatry in The Netherlands:


Is there free access for patients?
- All patients
Does the podiatrist have prescription rights?
- No
Is the podiatrist is allowed to perform surgery?
- No surgery
Can the podiatrist make and prescribe orthotics?
- Prescribes orthotics
- Manufactures orthotics
Can the podiatrist use anaesthetics?
- No
Is the podiatry profession regulated? Is there a law protecting the title of podiatrist and describing the competences?
- Yes, within article 34 of the BIG-law (Wet-BIG)
How many podiatrists are active in The Netherlands?
- 950 are active in the Netherlands and recognized.
Is the FIP-IFP member association recognized by the government as a professional association?
- Yes
Is there a code of conduct/deontology?
- Yes, self-regulated within the association