Working in Finland
Authorization of the profession
Radiographers in Finland are highly professional statutorily regulated health care practitioners. Radiographers train as diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers. The profession is one of the 17 health care professions in the Finland regulated by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (VALVIRA).
Under Finnish law, licensing is granted to the following professions: physician, dentist, pharmacist, psychologist, speech therapist, dietician, dispenser, nurse, midwife, public health nurse, physiotherapist, medical laboratory technologist, radiographer, dental hygienist, occupational therapist, optician, and dental technician (17 titles in total). The practice of these professions is restricted to licenced professionals only. VALVIRA grants on the grounds of the application right to practice healthcare profession for both healthcare professionals educated in Finland and abroad. In this section we have gathered general information about professional practice rights in healthcare.
If you are qualified in EU/EEA Member State radiographer, the average processing time for applications is 3 – 4 months and it begins to run once VALVIRA has received all necessary documents. Professional practice rights decisions are subject to a fee, and the fee will be charged also from the rejected decisions. Half of the application processing fee will be charged for the cancelled application.
If you are qualified outside the EU/EEA Member State (includes UK) the average processing time for applications is at least 4 months and it begins to run once VALVIRA has received all necessary documents. Professional practice rights decisions are subject to a fee, and the fee will be charged also from the rejected decisions. Half of the application processing fee will be charged for the cancelled application.
The application can be made in Finnish, Swedish or English.
Diagnostic radiographers provide and deliver fast and reliable images of traumatic injuries, acute and chronic illnesses, and other illnesses and monitor of disease progression. Diagnostic radiographers also deliver reliable diagnosis and curative care for patients in nuclear medicine. Therapeutic radiographers deliver curative and palliative care for cancer patients.
Requirements of the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (VALVIRA)
To work as a radiographer in the Finland you must be on the VALVIRA register as a radiographer, in the field of diagnostics and in therapy. Radiographers in the Finland take responsibility for leading complete procedures within medical imaging or radiotherapy, working with other members of the multi-professional team.
You will find more information at VALVIRA (opens in a new window, you will be forwarded to another service)pages.
The Society of Radiographers in Finland is the professional body for radiographers in Finland. It is not mandatory to join but many radiographers like to take advantage of the membership benefits, which include professional indemnity cover, newsletters, and peer-reviewed publications, CPD resources, professional support.