Panama - Country Commercial Guide
Licensing Requirements for Professional Services

Includes license requirements for key professional services that are open to U.S. service providers.

Last published date: 2021-10-13

According to Panamanian regulations, several professional services, such as engineering, medical, legal, and accounting, are reserved for Panamanian nationals. In some cases, some foreign professionals are required to validate their university degrees by attending local universities and completing specific courses.  The U.S-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement leaves the door open for bilateral recognition of professions and professional license issuance. Some of the existing restrictions can be overcome by hiring local professionals or creating alliances with local firms.

Resources

Ministry of Commerce and Industry, for trade regulations, and standards: (MICI)

National Customs Authority: http://www.ana.gob.pa

Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA)

Ministry of Health (MINSA)

USTR:  https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/panama-tpa