Amendments to the law regulating paramedical professions were approved on Tuesday by the Knesset Labor, Social Affairs and Health Committee for a second and third reading in the plenum, which was due to be held later in the evening.The bill will add clinical criminology, podiatry, surgical podiatry and chiropractic to the list of recognized health professions. In addition, changes were made in the existing recognized health professions of occupational therapy, physical therapy, clinical communications specialists and clinical dietitians.Those who graduated in these disciplines from Israeli academicinstitutions before January 30, 2009 and meet the criteria of the lawwill be exempt from having to take a licensing test. Those whograduated from foreign institutions will also be exempt if they workedin their field in Israel for at least a year during the past fiveyears, under a supervisor who had a recognized license in theprofession.Those who did not can register for the test or workfor at least one year. Those who studied abroad can get a temporarylicense, in effect until January 30, 2013. A foreign graduate whoworked in Israel for at least five years in the field will be exemptfrom an exam. The amendments were initiated by the Health Ministry.