Evidence of qualifications - Poland

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

Medical regulatory authority in Poland

Naczelna Izba Lekarska
Ul Jana Sobrieskiego 110
00-764 Warsaw
Poland
Tel: +48 22 851 5115
Fax: +48 22 851 7136
Email: secretariat@hipokrates.org

Please note that you should in the first instance contact your local regional medical chamber rather than the Naczelna Izba Lekarska (supreme medical chamber). See separate list of Polish medical regulatory authorities for issuing compliancy letters.

Below is information about:

Provisional registration with a licence to practise

You need to send to us:

A dyplom ukonczenia studiow wyzszych na kierunku lekarskim z tytulem “Lekarza” (Higher Education Medical Diploma with the title “Lekarza”) issued by the universities.

Full registration with a licence to practise

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

A certificate confirming you have successfully passed the National Medical Exam (Lekarski Egzamin Końcowy).

OR
If you have previously held provisional registration and completed your internship in the UK you will need to send to us:

A Certificate of Experience form completed by your designated signatory. We will send you a blank Certificate of Experience that you will need to pass to your designated signatory to complete. Please see our contact points for completing Certificates of Experience.

If you have not previously held provisional registration, the documents you will need to send to us depend on the date you began 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 May 2004 or later
  • A Dyplom ukonczenia studiów wyzszych na kierunku lekarskim z tytulem "Lekarza" (higher education medical diploma with the title "Lekarza")

    AND
Polish university
  •  Your certificate confirming you have successfully passed the National Medical Exam (Lekarski Egzamin Końcowy). If you completed your basic medical training before 1 May 2004 you may not hold this certificate.
Centrum Egzaminow Medycznych
You began your basic medical training before 1 May 2004
  • Both of the above certificates.

    If you do not hold a certificate confirming you have successfully passed the National Medical Exam (Lekarski Egzamin Końcowy), the document from the regional medical chamber must also confirm that your practical training meets the standards detailed in Article 24 of Directive 2005/36/EC .

    AND EITHER
Polish university
  • A document confirming that the training leading to the award of your primary medical qualification  meets the standards detailed in Article 24 of Directive 2005/36/EC

    OR
The regional medical chamber with which you are registered
  • A document confirming 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 Article 23.1 of Directive 2005/36/EC
The regional medical chamber, or the competent authority of the EEA Member State or Switzerland where you are now working

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 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 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 1 May 2004 or later
  • A dyplom uzyskania tytulu specjalisty (Specialist Diploma)
Centrum Egzaminow Medycznych
You began your specialist training before 1 May 2004
  • A dyplom uzyskania tytulu specjalisty (Specialist Diploma)

    AND EITHER
Centrum Egzaminow Medycznych
  • A document confirming that the training leading to the award of the specialist certificate meets the standards detailed in Articles 25, 26 and 27 as appropriate of Directive 2005/36/EC

    OR
Polish Medical Chamber
  • If the training does not meet those standards you will need to hold 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
Polish Medical Chamber, or the competent authority in 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 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 1 May 2004 or later
  • A Dyplom uzyskania tytulu specjalisty w dziedzinie medycyny rodzinnej (specialist in family medicine)
Centrum Egzaminow Medycznych
You began your GP training before 1 May 2004
  • A Dyplom uzyskania tytulu specjalisty w dziedzinie medycyny rodzinnej (specialist in family medicine)

    AND EITHER
Centrum Egzaminow Medycznych
  • 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
Polish Medical Chamber
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.
Polish Medical Chamber

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.