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Applying for a licence to practise medicine for dentists from third countries

Description

The profession of dentist is regulated in Germany. This means that in order for you to be able to work as a dentist in Germany without restrictions, you need the license to practice medicine. The license to practice medicine is the state approval for the profession. This means that you are not allowed to work independently as a dentist without a license to practice medicine. Even with a professional qualification from a so-called third country, you can obtain the license to practice medicine in Germany. Third countries are all states that do not belong to the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

In order to obtain the license to practice medicine, you must have your foreign professional qualification recognised. In the recognition procedure, the competent body compares your professional qualification with the German professional qualification and checks the equivalence. The equivalence of the professional qualification is an important prerequisite for the granting of the license to practice medicine.

In addition to the equivalence of the professional qualification, you must meet other requirements for the granting of the permit. Further requirements are, for example, sufficient German language skills and health suitability.

If your professional qualification comes from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, other regulations apply.
You can also apply for the procedure from abroad.

Application

You submit an application for a licence to practise dentistry with the competent authority.
You can submit the application with the documents to the competent authority or send it by post. Do not send originals. Sometimes you can also send the application electronically. The competent authority will inform you.
The competent authority will then check whether your training corresponds to the German training and whether all other requirements are met. The license to practice medicine can only be granted if your training from a third country is equivalent to the German training.


Equivalence assessment

The competent authority compares your professional qualification with the German professional qualification. The competent authority will check 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, your foreign professional qualification will be recognised. The authority can confirm the result to you in writing. You still have to meet the other requirements and prove your language skills. Then you will be granted the license to practice dentist.

Are there any significant differences between your professional qualification and the German professional qualification? Perhaps you can compensate for the differences through your professional practice, other knowledge or skills (lifelong learning). You must prove your professional experience. Knowledge and skills must be certified by an authority of the state in which you acquired the knowledge or skills.

However, it may be that the essential differences cannot be compensated by this knowledge. The competent authority will tell you the main differences and why you cannot compensate for the essential differences through your professional practice.
The notification of the competent authority also states what level of your training has and what level is necessary in Germany. You will then not be allowed to work as a dentist in Germany.
 

Knowledge test

If your professional qualification is not equivalent and you cannot compensate for the differences, you can take a knowledge test. The knowledge test is based on the final examination as a dentist in Germany. The proficiency test consists of a written, an oral and a practical section.
If you pass the knowledge test and meet all other requirements, you will receive your license to practice dentistry.

If you want to work as a dentist in Saxony-Anhalt, please contact the State Administration Office in Halle (Saale).

  • You have a professional qualification as a dentist from a third country.
  • You want to work as a dentist in Germany.
  • Personal suitability: You are reliable for working as a dentist and have no criminal record.
  • Health suitability: You can work mentally and physically as a dentist.
  • You have German language skills at the required language level. These are usually general language skills at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and technical language skills at level C1.

The competent authority will inform you which documents you need to submit. Important documents are in general:

  • Proof of identity (for example, passport or identity card)
  • Marriage certificate (if your name has changed due to marriage)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of your professional qualification
    (e.g. certificates, professional certificate)
  • Proof of the content and duration of your training (e.g. Diploma Supplement, Transcript of Records)
  • Proof of your relevant professional experience as a dentist (e.g. employment references)
  • Information as to whether you have already applied for a licence to practise medicine in Germany
  • You must prove that you are allowed to work in the profession in your country of training.
  • Do you not yet live or work in the EU, EEA or Switzerland? Then you have to prove that you want to work in the profession in Germany. Proof can be: applications for a job, proof of your application for an entry visa for gainful employment or personal declaration
     

You usually hand in these documents later. The competent authority will inform you when to hand in the documents:

  • Proof of your personal suitability: extract from the criminal record or certificate of good conduct from your country of origin. The proof must not be more than 3 months old at the time of application.
  • Proof of your medical fitness: Medical certificate. The proof must not be more than 3 months old at the time of application.
  • Proof of your German language skills: Language certificate.
    Prerequisite for the license to practice medicine is general German language skills at level B2. You can also submit the required proof of language proficiency during the licensing procedure. In addition, you must take a medical language test at level C1 during the licensing procedure.


The competent authority will inform you which documents you must submit as a simple copy, as a certified copy or in the original.

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.

The competent authority will inform you about the costs. The costs generally depend on the effort for processing.

In addition, additional costs may arise (for example, for translations or certifications). These costs vary from person to person.

There is no deadline.

Sometimes documents are still missing in the procedure. The competent authority will then inform you by when you must submit the documents. This may prolong the procedure.

  • Forms: Forms can be obtained from the competent authority.
  • Online procedure possible: Ask the competent authority whether you can submit the application online.
  • Personal appearance required: no

Temporary professional permit

With the so-called temporary professional permit, you can work for a limited period of time without a license to practice medicine. The temporary professional permit allows you to work under the supervision of a person with a license to practice medicine. Perhaps you may then only carry out activities in a certain area of work. You must meet the following requirements for a temporary professional permit:

  • Proof of your professional qualification
  • Health suitability
  • Personal suitability
  • Knowledge of German: You must prove the knowledge of German that is necessary for the exercise of the profession within the framework of the temporary professional permit.

You can apply for a professional permit at the competent authority.


Equivalence Notice

In the licensing procedure, the equivalence of your training (recognition procedure) can also be examined. You can apply for a separate notification for the result of the examination.
 

Procedure for ethnic German repatriates

As a Spätaussiedler, you can go through the recognition procedure either according to the laws mentioned here or according to the Federal Expellees Act. You can decide for yourself. The competent body will advise you on which procedure suits you.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

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