Nurses have to be registered in the National Professional Nursing Register, which is an obligation of the Bulgarian Association of health professionals in nursing ( BAHPN ), according the Bulgarian health legislation.
It is the Bulgarian’s association of health professional in nursing obligation to organize, coordinate and register the CPD of the nurses and the other allied health professionals. Membership in BAHPN is obligatory in order to work in the health care system, no matter public or private.
In 2007 it was stated in the European health commission, that the Ministry of Health is the competent authority for the regulation of the nurses' profession and the professional recognition of diplomas to comply with the Directive 36/2005.
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