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Evidence of qualifications - Switzerland

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

Medical regulatory authority in Switzerland

Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
Office fédéral de la santé publique
Bundesamt für Gesundheit
Ufficio federale della sanità pubblica
Sägestrasse 65
CH-3003 Bern
Tel: 0011 41 31 322 9483
Fax: 001141 31 323 0009
E-Mail: info@bag.admin.ch
URL: www.admin.ch

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 June 2002 or later
  • A Diplôme fédéral de médecin/Eidgenössisches Arztdiplom/Diploma federale di medico (federal diploma of doctor)
Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA)
You began your basic medical training before 1 June 2002
  • A Diplôme fédéral de médecin/Eidgenössisches Arztdiplom/Diploma federale di medico (federal diploma of doctor)

AND EITHER

Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA)

OR

Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA)
  • 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 
Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA), 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 June 2002 or later
  • A Diplôme de médecin spécialiste/Diplom als Facharzt/ Diploma di medico specialista (specialist qualification)
Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA)
You began your specialist training before 1 June 2002
  • A Diplôme de médecin spécialiste/Diplom als Facharzt/ Diploma di medico specialista (specialist qualification)

AND EITHER

Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA)
  • 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

Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA)
  • 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)
Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA), 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.

Important dates Documents required Documents must be issued by:
You began your specialist training on 1 June 2002 or later
  • A Diplôme de médecin practicién/Diplom als praktischer/ Diploma di medico generico
Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA)
You began your specialist training before 1 June 2002
  • A Diplôme de médecin practicién/Diplom als praktischer/ Diploma di medico generico

AND EITHER

Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA)
  • A document confirming that the training leading to the award of your GP certificate meets the standards detailed in Article 28 as appropriate of the Directive 
Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA)

If you are eligible for entry onto the GP register, on the basis of acquired rights specific to general practitioners, you need to send us:

  • A certificate of acquired rights for general medical practice awarded by the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA). The certificate must state that it was issued to you in accordance with Article 30(1) 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 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.