Regulating doctors, ensuring good medical practice

Evidence of qualifications - Bulgaria

This page is to explain what evidence of qualifications doctors who qualified in Bulgaria need to supply to support their application.

Medical regulatory authorities in Bulgaria

Ministry of Health
National Health Policy Division

Contact details:
Dr Angel Moskov
Head of Health Education and Qualification section
5 place Sveta Nedelia
1000 Sofia
Bulgaria

Below is information about:

Full registration with a licence to practise

The documents you need to send us depend on the date you started your basic medical training. Please see the table below.

Important dates Documents required Documents must be issued by:
You began your basic medical training on 1 January 2007 or later
  • A diploma of higher education for the degree of educational qualification of “Master in Medicine” and the professional qualification of “Master physician” (“Диплома за висше образование на образователно-квалификационна степен “магистър” по “Медицина” и професионална квалификация “Магистър-лекар”)
Университет (University)
You began your basic medical training before 1 January 2007
  • A diploma of higher education for the degree of educational qualification of “Master in Medicine” and the professional qualification of “Master physician” (“Диплома за висше образование на образователно-квалификационна степен “магистър” по “Медицина” и професионална квалификация “Магистър-лекар”)

AND EITHER

Университет (University)
  • A document confirming the training leading to the award of your primary qualification meets the standards detailed in Article 24 of Directive 2005/36/EC

OR

Bulgarian Ministry of Health
  • A document confirming you have effectively and lawfully been engaged in actual medical practice for at least three consecutive years during the five years preceding the award of the certificate (as detailed in Article 23.1 of Directive 2005/36/EC)
Bulgarian Ministry of Health, or the competent authority of the EEA Member State or Switzerland where you are now working

Applying for entry onto the Specialist Register

You must hold full registration with the GMC before being eligible for entry onto the Specialist Register.

Direct entry

Your specialty must be listed in Annex V of Directive 2005/36/EC by the country that awarded it and have a corresponding entry for the United Kingdom. If you are eligible for direct entry onto the Specialist Register, as set out below, and you do not already hold full registration, you should apply for full registration with a licence to practise and entry onto the Specialist Register at the same time.

The documents you need to send us for entry onto the Specialist Register depend on the date you started your specialist training:

Important dates Documents required Documents must be issued by:
You began your specialist training on 1 January 2007 or later
  • Свидетелство за призната Специалност (evidence of recognised specialty)

OR

Университет (University)
You began your specialist training before 1 January 2007

 

  • Свидетелство за призната Специалност (evidence of recognised specialty)

AND EITHER

Университет (University)
  • A document confirming that the training leading to the award of your specialist certificate meets the standards detailed in Articles 25, 26 and 27 as appropriate of Directive 2005/36/EC

OR

Bulgarian Ministry of Health
  • If your specialist training does not meet those standards we will need a document confirming that you have been practising in the specialty in which your specialist certificate was awarded for at least three consecutive years during the five years preceding the award of the certificate (as detailed in Article 23.1 of Directive 2005/36/EC)
Bulgarian Ministry of Health, or the competent authority of the EEA Member State or Switzerland where you are now working

Equivalence

If you do not fulfil the above criteria you should complete an application for full registration first and tell us what specialist qualifications you do have. We will assess your application for full registration and review your specialist qualifications.

If you are not eligible for direct entry onto the Specialist Register we will refer you to our Specialist Applications Team once your full registration has been granted.

The team will tell you whether you are eligible to apply for entry onto the Specialist Register through specialty equivalence and advise you on what to do next.

See more guidance on specialty equivalence.

Applying for entry onto the GP Register

To be entered onto the GP Register you must also hold full registration.

Direct entry

If you are eligible for direct entry onto the GP Register, as set out below, and you do not already hold full registration, you should apply for full registration with a licence to practise and entry onto the GP Register at the same time.

The documents you need to send us for entry onto the GP Register depend on the date you started your GP training:

 

Important dates Documents required Documents must be issued by:
You began your GP training on 1 January 2007 or later
  • A Свидетелство за призната специалност по Обща медицина (certificate recognised specialty in General Medicine)
Университет (University)
You began your GP training before 1 January 2007
  • A Свидетелство за призната специалност по Обща медицина

AND

Университет (University)
  • A document confirming that the training leading to the award of your GP certificate meets the standards detailed in Article 28 of Directive 2005/36/EC

OR

Bulgarian Ministry of Health

If you are eligible for entry onto the GP register, on the basis of acquired rights specific to general practitioners, you will need to send to us:

  • A certificate of acquired rights for general medical practice. The certificate must state that it was awarded to you in accordance with Article 30(1) of Directive 2005/36/EC.
Bulgarian Ministry of Health

Equivalence

If you do not fulfil the above criteria you should complete an application for full registration first and tell us what general practice qualifications you do have. We will assess your application for full registration and review your general practice qualifications.

If you are not eligible for direct entry onto the GP Register we will refer you to our Specialist Applications Team once your full registration has been granted.

The team will tell you whether you are eligible to apply for entry onto the GP Register through specialty equivalence and advise you on what to do next.

See more guidance on specialty equivalence.