France: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by French Federation of Physiotherapists and to the extent possible are a true reflection of the situation in the country, however not all figures are authoritative and should be interpreted accordingly. For questions or feedback please contact countryprofile@wcpt.org

Reference year: 2018

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Summary report for France
Summary report
Professional name
English name:
Masseur - Physical therapist  (Protected by law)
National language names:
  • Masseur - Kinésithérapeute Réeducateur  (Protected by law)
  • Masseur - Kinésitherapeute ostéopathe  (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
3,853
Female%
Not available
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by an independent organisation
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
86,459    (Authoritative*)
Female%:
50%
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
No
Note: *this data has come from a registration authority, a government source or statistical agency.
Publications
Journals:
Events
CPD Events:
*1  Institut National de KinésIthérapie
*2  Agence nationale du Développement et Professional Continu
Special interest groups recognised by France
Recognised special interest groups:
Private practitioners
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
Association of Research and Evaluation in physiotherapy (AFREK)
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Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
1
Starting education level (minimum):
Secondary
Finishing education level (minimum):
Diploma
Equivalent fulltime years:
5
 
Other entry level programmes
No
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 1997 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional degree programmes:
None
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by France
Recognised specialisation:
None
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
Ministry of Health or another government department
Standards of practice:
Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
Code of conduct:
Yes, the code of conduct of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
 
Education for autonomous practice:
No
Limitations:
N/A
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
No
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
Yes
Will this be reimbursed:
In part
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
No
Limitations:
No
* Direct access - a person can refer themselves to a physical therapist without referral from another health professional
Regulation
Registration required to practice:
Yes
CPD* required for re-registration:
Yes
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country:
Registration in the Council of Order http://www.ordremk.fr/ National social security http://www.ameli.fr/l-assurance-maladie/connaitre-l-assurance-maladie/getting-informed-about-health-insurance/health-insurance/introduction-of-cnamts.php Regional register http://www.has-sante.fr/portail/
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2017