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Evidence of qualifications - Spain

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

Medical regulatory authority in Spain

Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo
C/ Paseo del Prado 18-20
E-28071 Madrid
Spain
Tel: +91 596 1089/90/91
Fax: +91 596 4315

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 1986 or later
  • A Título de Licenciado en Medicina y Cirugía 
  • Or

  • A Título de Graduado/a en Medicina

If you have not yet been awarded your Título de Licenciado en Medicina y Cirugía/Título de Graduado/a en Medicina, you will need to hold a temporary degree certificate.

The Ministerio de Educacion y Cultura (Ministry of Education and Culture)

The rector of your university

 

You began your basic medical training before 1 January 1986
  • A Título de Licenciado en Medicina y Cirugía
  • Or

  • A Título de Graduado/a en Medicina

AND EITHER

The Ministerio de Educacion y Cultura (Ministry of Education and Culture)

The rector of your university

OR

Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture
  • 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 Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture, 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 1986 or later
  • A Título de Especialista (professional qualification of a specialist)
The Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture
You began your specialist training before 1 January 1986
  • A Título de Especialista (professional qualification of a specialist)

AND EITHER

The Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture
  • 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 Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture
  • 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 Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture, or the competent authority of the EEA Member State or Switzerland where you are now working
  • A specialist qualification

AND

  • A document from the Spanish Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs or the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture which confirms that you have passed the test of professional competence organised in the context of the special regularisation measures contained in Royal Decree 1497/99 with the aim of verifying that you have a level of knowledge and competence comparable to that of doctors holding a Título de Especialista in the relevant specialty listed in Annex V of the Directive.

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 Título de especialista en medicina familiar y comunitaria (specialist certificate in family and community medicine)
The Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture
You began your GP training before 31 December 1994
  • A Título de especialista en medicina familiar y comunitaria (specialist certificate in family and community medicine)

AND

The Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture
  • 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

The Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture

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.
The Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture

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.