Licence to practise medicine for degrees from abroad

Anyone who wants to practice the profession as a doctor in Germany needs a separate professional qualification - the license to practice medicine or the temporary permit to practice the medical profession (professional license). The approbation represents the higher quality professional license.

§ 39 Abs. 1 ÄApprO Short CV Birth certificate, for married couples also the marriage certificate proof of identity official certificate of good conduct not older than 1 month Declaration as to whether a judicial Criminal proceedings or a Public Prosecutor's Office Preliminary proceedings pending medical certificate not older than 1 month Certificate of medical examination § 3 Abs. 6 BÄO proof of identity tabular list of the completed training courses and of the gainful activities carried out officially certified copy of the Qualifications or the Evidence of formal qualifications Recording of the corresponding Professionally entitled as well as where applicable, a certificate about the professional experience you have acquired in the case of paragraph 3 (third country): a certificate of the Entitlement to practise a profession in the country of origin and documents, which are suitable to be presented in the Practice the medical profession in Germany to want Certificate of good conduct from the Country of origin or training not older than 3 months medical certificate not older than 3 months Certificate of the competent Authorities of the Home Member State, from which shows that the evidence on the required Training requirements of the Directive Evidence corresponds to in cases referred to in paragraph 2 (none automatic recognition) or paragraph 3 (third country) additional evidence; to be able to determine whether the Training essential Differences compared to the In this context, there is a high level of training in this area. Law and regulated in the ÄApprO is according to No. 7 of § 3 Abs. 6 BÄO: documents relating there there to it, whether the training course in the the body concerned by the Training institution of the Issuing Member State has been officially certified, whether the issued Proof of formal qualifications that has been awarded would be if the training course completely in the Issuing Member State and whether the evidence of formal qualifications is provided in the territory of the issuing Member State the same professional rights are granted.


Form: Application for a licence to practise medicine/a professional licence as a doctor with training in a member state of the EU Form: Application for a licence to practise and to practise the profession for a limited period of time with training in a third country Online procedure possible: no Written form required: yes Personal appearance required: no

Preconditions
You have completed medical training in medicine abroad. They are suitable for health. They are personally suitable. You have sufficient knowledge of the German language.

Hints
Proof of language skills A prerequisite for approbation is general German language skills at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You can also submit the required proof of language proficiency during the approbation procedure. In addition, you must take a medical language test at level C1 (CEFR) during the approbation procedure. Without proof of technical language skills at level C1 (CEFR), no license to practice medicine or a professional permit will be issued. Professional license In exceptional cases, you can also apply for a temporary professional permit. With the professional license, you may work as a doctor for a maximum of 2 years without a license to practice medicine. To do so, you must prove language skills at level B2 (CEFR) and take a technical language test at level C1 (CEFR). You may only be allowed to work to a limited extent. The professional license is not a license to practice medicine.
§§ 3 ff. Bundesärzteordnung (BÄO) Licensing Regulations for Physicians (ÄApprO)

Contact LAVG for granting of permits There are numerous advisory services. These can be found on Recognition in Germany .

You can apply for a licence to practise medicine with a degree from abroad in writing using the form provided: Download the form online and print it out. Fill in the form and add the necessary evidence. Submit the application documents to the LAVG. The LAVG then checks whether you meet all the requirements. Equivalence test Your training must be reviewed individually. The LAVG compares the content of your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification as a doctor. The LAVG checks whether your professional qualification is equivalent. The professional qualification is equivalent if there are no significant differences between your foreign professional qualification and the German professional qualification. Possible results of the test If your professional qualification is equivalent, the LAVG will recognise your foreign professional qualification. The LAVG can confirm the result in writing. You still have to meet the other requirements and prove your language skills. Then you will receive the license to practice medicine. If the LAVG detects significant differences, you can compensate for the differences through your professional practice and other knowledge and skills (lifelong learning). You must prove your professional experience. Knowledge and skills must be certified by an authority in your country of origin. However, it may be that this knowledge is not sufficient. You will then not be able to compensate for the essential differences. Your foreign professional qualification will then not be recognised. The LAVG will tell you in writing the essential differences and why you cannot compensate for the essential differences through your professional experience. You are then not allowed to work as a doctor. In this case, you must take a knowledge test to prove equivalent knowledge. If you successfully pass the knowledge test (and meet all other requirements), you will receive the approbation. Knowledge test If your professional qualification is not equivalent, you must take a knowledge test. The exam consists of an oral part and a practical part. The contents and the exact procedure of the examination are regulated by law. If you pass the knowledge test, you will be granted the license to practice medicine. You must also meet the other requirements and prove your language skills.

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Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family

Last update or date of publication
01.10.2019