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Evidence of qualifications - Netherlands

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

Medical regulatory authority in the Netherlands

BIG-register
Postbus 3052
HB Kerkrade
6460

Netherlands
Tel: +31 70 3406600
Fax: +31 30 282 3375/26
Email: info@bigregister.nl

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 20 December 1976 or later
  • A Getuigschrift van met goed gevolg afgelegd artsexamen (university certificate of doctor)
Faculteit Geneeskunde (Faculty of Medicine)
You began your basic medical training before 20 December 1976
  • A Getuigschrift van met goed gevolg afgelegd artsexamen (university certificate of doctor)

AND EITHER

Faculteit Geneeskunde (Faculty of Medicine)

OR

BIG-register
  • 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)
BIG-register 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 20 December 1976 or later
  • A Bewijis van inschrijving in een Specialistenregister (certificate of recognition and registration/certificate of entry in the Specialist Register)
  • Or

  • A Diploma geneeskundig specialist awarded by Registratiecommissie Geneeskundig Specialisten

Medisch Specialisten Registratie Commissie (MRSC) or

Sociaal-Geneeskundigen Registratie Comissie

Registratiecommissie Geneeskundig Specialisten (RGS)

You began your specialist training before 20 December 1976
  • A Bewijis van inschrijving in een Specialistenregister (certificate of recognition and registration/certificate of entry in the Specialist Register)
  • Or

  • A Diploma geneeskundig specialist awarded by Registratiecommissie Geneeskundig Specialisten

AND EITHER

Medisch Specialisten Registratie Commissie (MRSC) or

Sociaal-Geneeskundigen Registratie Comissie

Registratiecommissie Geneeskundig Specialisten (RGS) 

  • 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

Registratiecommissie Geneeskundig Specialisten (RGS).
  • 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)
Registratiecommissie Geneeskundig Specialisten (RGS) 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
  • A Certificaat van inschrijving in een specialistenregister van huisartsen
  • Or

  • A Diploma geneeskundig specialist
  • Huisarts en Verpleeghuisarts Registratie Comissie (HVRC)
  • Registratiecommissie Geneeskundig Specialisten (RGS)
You began your GP training before 31 December 1994
  • A Certificaat van inschrijving in een specialistenregister van huisartsen
  • Or

  • A Diploma geneeskundig specialist

    AND

  • Huisarts en Verpleeghuisarts Registratie Comissie (HVRC)
  • Registratiecommissie Geneeskundig Specialisten (RGS)
  • 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

Either of these organisations:

  1. Huisarts en Verpleeghuisarts Registratie Comissie (HVRC)
  2. Registratiecommissie Geneeskundig Specialisten (RGS)

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 the Directive.

Either of these organisations:

  1. Huisarts en Verpleeghuisarts Registratie Comissie (HVRC)
  2. Registratiecommissie Geneeskundig Specialisten (RGS)

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.