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Evidence of qualifications - Germany

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

Medical regulatory authority in Germany

Bundesärztekammer
Herbert-Lewin Platz 1
10623 Berlin
Germany
Tel: +49 30 40 04 560
Fax: +49 30 40 04 56 388
Email: info@baek.de

Please note that the Bundesärztekammer is the umbrella organization for the German medical regulatory authorities. You should in the first instance contact your local state medical association. See separate list of German medical regulatory authorities for issuing compliancy letters.

Below is information about:

Full registration with a licence to practise

The documents you will need to send to 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 20 December 1976 or later in the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany)
  • A Zeugnis über die Ärztliche Prüfung (the State examination certificate in medicine)

 

OR

 

  • A Zeugnis über die Ärztliche Staatsprüfung und Zeugnis über die Vorbereitungszeit als Medizinalassistent (certificate stating the preparatory period as medical assistant has been completed)
A medical regulatory authority of a Bundesland

 

You began your basic medical training before 20 December 1976

OR

You completed any part of your training in the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (German Democratic Republic)

  • A Zeugnis über die Ärztliche Prüfung (the State examination certificate in medicine)

 

OR

  • A Zeugnis über die Ärztliche Staatsprüfung und Zeugnis über die Vorbereitungszeit als Medizinalassistent (certificate stating the preparatory period as medical assistant has been completed)

 

AND EITHER

 

A medical regulatory authority of a Bundesland

 

OR

 

Bundesministerium für Gesundheit (Federal Ministry for Health)
  • A document confirming that you are entitled to practise medicine in Germany on the same basis as doctors with qualifications awarded by medical schools in the former West Germany, and that 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 articles 23.1 and 23.2 of the Directive)
The medical regulatory authority of a Bundesland

 

Applying for entry onto the Specialist Register

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

Direct entry

Your specialty must be listed in Annex V of the Directive 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 will need to send to us for entry onto the Specialist Register depend on the date on which you started your specialist training:

Important dates Documents required Documents must be issued by:
You began your specialist training on 20 December 1976 or later
  • A Fachärztliche Anerkennung (recognised certificate of medical specialist)
The Landesärztekammer
You began your specialist training before 20 December 1976
  • A Fachärztliche Anerkennung (recognised certificate of medical specialist)

 

AND EITHER

 

The Landesärztekammer
  • 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 the Directive

 

OR

 

The Landesärztekammer
  • If your specialist training does not meet those standards you will need a document which confirms 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 the Directive).
The Landesärztekammer, or the competent authority of the EEA Member State or Switzerland where you are now working
You undertook any of your specialist training in former East Germany before 3 April 1992
  • 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 the Directive, and that your specialist certificate is treated by Germany as a Fachärztliche Anerkennung in the relevant speciality as detailed for Germany in Annex V of the Directive

 

OR

  • A document confirming that your German specialist certificate entitles you to practise in your speciality throughout Germany on the same conditions as the holder of a German specialist certificate listed in Annex V of the Directive; and that you have practised in your speciality in Germany for at least three consecutive years during the five years preceding the award of the certificate (as detailed in Article 23.1 of the Directive)
The Landesärztekammer

 

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

Important dates Documents required Documents must be issued by:
You began your GP training on 31 December 1994 or later
  • A Zeugnis über die spezifische Ausbildung in der Allgemeinmedizin (certificate of specialist training in general medicine)
The Landesärztekammer
You began your GP training before 31 December 1994
  • A Zeugnis über die spezifische Ausbildung in der Allgemeinmedizin (certificate of specialist training in general medicine)

 

AND EITHER

The Landesärztekammer
  • A certificate confirming that the training leading to the award of your GP certificate meets the standards laid down by Article 28 of the Directive

 

OR

 

The Landesärztekammer

 

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 issued to you in accordance with Article 30(1) of the Directive.
The Landesärztekammer

 

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 GP equivalence.