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Evidence of qualifications - Iceland

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

Medical regulatory authority in Iceland

The Directorate of Health
Barónsstígur 47
101 Reykhavik
Iceland
Tel: +354 510 1900
Email: postur@landlaeknir.is

Below is information about:

Provisional registration with a licence to practise

You need to send us:

An Embættispróf í laeknisfraeði, candi-datus medicinae (cand.med.) (diploma from the University of Iceland).

Full registration with a licence to practise

If you have previously held provisional registration you need to send us:

Vottorð um viðbótarnám (kandidatsár) útgefið af viðurkenndri heilbrigðisstofnun (the health institute/hospital where the internship took place)

To apply for full registration with a licence to practise if you have previously held provisional registration and completed your internship in the UK we need to see:

A Certificate of Experience form completed a designated representative. Your Certificate of Experience will be sent to us directly from your Foundation School. Please see our contact points for completing Certificates of Experience.

If you have not previously held provisional registration the documents you need to send us depend on the date you started training. Please see the table below.

Important dates Documents required Documents must be issued by:
You began your basic medical training on 1 January 1994 or later
  • An Embættispróf í laeknisfraeði, candi-datus medicinae (cand.med.)

AND

  • Vottorð um viðbótarnám (kandidatsár) útgefið af viðurkenndri heilbrigðisstofnun

University of Iceland

 

The health institute/ hospital where the internship took place

You began your basic medical training before 1 January 1994
  • An Embættispróf í laeknisfraeði, candi-datus medicinae (cand.med.)

AND

  • Vottorð um viðbótarnám (kandidatsár) útgefið af viðurkenndri heilbrigðisstofnun

AND EITHER

University of Iceland

 

The health institute/hospital where the internship took place

OR

The Directorate 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 the Directive)
The Directorate 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 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 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 1994 or later
  • A Sérfræðileyfi (certificate of specialist in medicine)
The Directorate of Health
You began your specialist training before 1 January 1994
  • A Sérfræðileyfi (certificate of specialist in medicine)

AND EITHER

The Directorate of Health
  • 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 Directorate 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 the Directive)
The Directorate 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 31 December 1994 or later
  • An Almennt heimilislækningaleyfi (Evrópulækningaleyfi) (certificate of specific training for general practice)
The Directorate of Health
You began your GP training before 31 December 1994
  • An Almennt heimilislækningaleyfi (Evrópulækningaleyfi) (certificate of specific training for general practice)

AND

The Directorate of Health
  • A document confirming that the training leading to the award of your GP certificate meets the standards detailed in Article 28 of the Directive 

OR

Chief Medical Doctor of the Ministry of Health and Social Security of Iceland

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 36(4) of the Directive.
The Directorate 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.