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Recognition of training certificates from third countries

A medical activity in Germany (assistant doctor activity in further education or specialist medical activity) can only be carried out with a valid license to practice medicine (or professional license).

The bodies responsible for access to the profession are the licensing authorities in the respective federal states. A list of contact persons and addresses can be found here.

The legal bases relevant for access to the medical profession - Federal Doctors' Regulations and Licensing Regulations - can be viewed here:

http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/bundesrecht/b_o/otal.pdf

https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/_appro_2002/BJNR240500002.html

On April 1, 2012, the Act to Improve the Identification and Recognition of Professional Qualifications Acquired Abroad (“Recognition Act”) came into force. Since then, the license to practice medicine can be applied for regardless of nationality.

The licensing authorities check the equivalence of training certificates obtained in a third country. If, in the course of the equivalence test, significant differences are found between training from a third country and training in Germany and no relevant professional experience is available to compensate for this, the applicants must prove by means of the knowledge test that they have the necessary knowledge and skills. If they have passed the knowledge test, the level of training is equivalent.

The knowledge test relates to the subjects of internal medicine and surgery with questions about the additional aspects of emergency medicine, imaging procedures, clinical pharmacology, radiation protection and legal issues relating to the medical profession. In addition, the competent authority can determine a subject or cross-sectional area as relevant for the examination in advance of the examination in which it has determined significant differences between the medical training in Germany and the training of the applicant.
The knowledge test is an oral-practical test with a patient presentation and lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

The aptitude test in accordance with Section 3 (2) sentence 7 of the Federal Doctors' Ordinance refers to the significant differences found in medical training that was completed in another member state of the European Union or another signatory to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Switzerland.

The aptitude test is an oral-practical test with a patient presentation that takes place on one day.

If the holder of a training certificate issued in a third country has at least three years of professional experience in the territory of an EU member state that has already recognized this training certificate and that certifies the professional experience, the training certificate is equivalent to a training certificate from the EU, so that a Aptitude test takes place
As a rule, when applying for a license to practice medicine and a professional license, evidence of sufficient language skills is required (e.g. general language examination certificate level B2 intermediate level, European Framework of Reference). You can find information on this on the websites of the licensing authorities.
Since 2014, in addition to general language skills, specialist language exams have also been taken (as a rule, this corresponds to level C1 in the medical field), which are carried out by the state medical associations in the majority of the federal states. You can find information on this on the websites of the regional medical associations.

Further information on language skills can be found here: https://www.gmkonline.de/documents/TOP73BerichtP_Oeffentl_Bereich.pdf

In the case of detailed questions (internal authority check of equivalence, any knowledge test or aptitude test to be completed, new legal situation due to the "Recognition Act", documents to be submitted, etc.), we recommend that you contact the responsible authorities directly.

Information on the "Recognition Act" can be found at the following link (in German, English, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Polish, Turkish, Greek, Arabic)
https://www.anzeichnung-in-deutschland.de/

Information on the branch can be found on the websites of the statutory health insurance associations in the respective federal states.

Further education certificates from countries outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are not automatically taken into account in the EU. The respective diplomas do not fall under the recognition system of Directive 2005/36 / EC (Professional Recognition Directive).

The state medical associations, as corporations under public law, are responsible for the examination and possible crediting of further training periods as well as specialist medical degrees from abroad. In the case of training certificates or diplomas from third countries, the further training department of your responsible regional medical association compares the content and duration of the further training completed with the requirements of the further training regulations applicable to the regional medical association.

As a working group of the state medical associations, the Federal Medical Association does not exercise any supervisory function and has no regulatory authority in cases of recognition of foreign further training courses, since the state medical associations are legally independent as corporations under public law.

As a rule, when examining whether third-country diplomas can be credited, Section 19 of the further training regulations of the relevant regional medical association are decisive. You can view these online on the websites of the State Medical Associations, menu item "Further Education".

As a rule, when examining whether third-country diplomas can be credited, Section 19 of the further training regulations of the relevant regional medical association are decisive. You can view these online on the websites of the State Medical Associations, menu item "Further Education".

The (sample) training regulations are not legally binding for doctors. These are compulsory members in one of the state medical associations when exercising their medical activities. For every doctor, only the further training regulations of the state medical association of which he / she is a member are legally binding. The same applies to the (sample) guidelines, the (sample) course books and the (sample) log books.

You can find § 19 of the (sample) training regulations in German and English here:
http://www.bundesaerztekammer.de/fileadmin/user_upload/downloads/pdf-Ordner/Weiterbildung/MWBO.pdf
http://www.bundesaerztekammer.de/fileadmin/user_upload/downloads/pdf-Ordner/Weiterbildung/MWBO_Englisch.pdf