Approval Grant Of doctor from third countries

In order to be able to work as a doctor in Germany, you need the approval. The approval is the state admission to the profession. Approval is necessary because the profession in Germany is regulated by precise regulations. This means that you cannot work independently as a doctor without approval. Even with a professional qualification from a so-called third country, you can obtain the approval in Germany. Third countries are all countries that do not belong to the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. The approval is granted to you by the LAVG if your medical training is equivalent to the German training. Equivalence is reviewed in the recognition procedure. If your professional qualification comes from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, different rules apply. You can also apply for the procedure from abroad.

Section 39 (1) ÄApprO Short CV birth certificate, in the case of married persons also the marriage certificate Proof official certificate of leadership not older than 1 month Explanation of whether a judicial or public prosecutor's investigation is pending medical certificate not older than 1 month Certificate of medical examination Section 3 (6) BÄO Proof tabular list of the completed training courses and of the activities carried out officially certified copy of the qualifications or the proof of training necessary for the commencement of the corresponding and, where applicable, a certificate of the professional experience you have acquired. in the case of paragraph 3 (third country): a certificate of the Eligibility to practise your profession in the country of origin and documents, which are appropriate to set out in the Practising the medical profession at home to want Certificate of leadership from the country of origin or training not older than 3 months medical certificate not older than 3 months certificate issued by the competent authorities of the home Member State from which the evidence of the required Training requirements meet the evidence required by the Directive in cases of paragraph 2 (no automatic recognition) or paragraph 3 (third country) to determine whether the Training has significant differences from the training regulated by this Law and the ÄApprO pursuant to No. 7 of Section 3 (6) of the BÄO: Documents on this, whether the training course in the institution concerned by the Training institution of the issuing Member State has been officially certified, whether the exhibited Proof of training to the equivalent to which it was awarded if the training course is completely in the Issuing Member State would have been completed, and whether the proof of training in the territory of the issuing Member State the same professional rights. The LAVG will tell you which documents you need to submit in the original or as a copy. If your documents are not available in German, you must submit German translations of your documents. The translations must be made by translators who are publicly appointed or authorised. Please ask the LASV if you need to submit further documents.


Form: Application for approval and a permit for the temporary exercise of the profession with training in a third country Online procedure possible: no Written form required: yes Personal appearance necessary: no

Preconditions
You have a professional qualification as a doctor or a doctor from a third country. They are suitable for health as a doctor or doctor. They are reliable and worthy of work as a doctor and have no criminal record. You have the necessary knowledge of German for the job. These are general language skills at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and Medical Language Skills at level C1.

Hints
Proof of language skills The prerequisite for approval is general German language skills at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (GER). You can also submit the required proof of language during the approval process. In addition, you must take a medical language test at c1 (GER) level during the approval procedure. No approval or professional licence is issued without proof of technical language knowledge at level C1 (GER). Professional permit In exceptional cases, you can also apply for a temporary professional permit. With your professional license, you can work for a maximum of 2 years as a doctor without a certificate. To do this, you must demonstrate language skills at level B2 (GER) and take a specialist language test at level C1 (GER). You may not be allowed to work to a limited extent. The professional licence is not an approval.
Section 3 et seq. of the Federal Medical Regulations (BÄO) Section 37 et seq. Approval Regulations for Doctors (ÄApprO)

Information on the recognition of foreign professional qualifications on "Recognition in Germany" There are numerous counselling services. These can be found on recognition in Germany . Information on the recognition of foreign professional qualifications on the BQ portal Financial assistance in the recognition process Publicly appointed translators in Germany Information on German skills in academic medical professions

You can apply in writing with the form available for obtaining an approval as a doctor with a degree from a third country: Download and print the form online. Fill in the form and add the necessary evidence. Submit the application documents to the LAVG. The LAVG then checks whether you meet all requirements. The LAVG can only grant the approval if your training from a third country is equivalent to the German training. Examination of equivalence The LAVG compares your professional qualification from a third country 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 recognises your foreign professional qualification. The LAVG can confirm the result in writing. You have to meet the other requirements and prove your language skills. Then you will receive the approval as a doctor. If the LAVG finds significant differences, you can make up for the differences through your professional practice and other knowledge and skills (lifelong learning). You must prove your professional practice. Knowledge and skills must be certified by an authority of your country of origin. However, this knowledge may not be sufficient. You cannot then compensate for the main differences. Your foreign professional qualification will not be recognised. The LAVG gives you the main differences in writing and why you cannot compensate for the essential differences with your professional practice. The decision also states what level your training has and what level is necessary in Germany. You may not work as a doctor. However, the LAVG offers them to take a knowledge check. If you pass the knowledge test successfully (and meet all other requirements), you will receive the approval. Knowledge check If your professional qualification is not equivalent and you cannot make up for the differences, you must take a knowledge test. The knowledge examination is based on the final examination as a doctor in Germany. The examination 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 a certificate as a doctor. You must also meet the additional 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
02.10.2019