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Evidence of qualifications - Belgium

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

Medical regulatory authorities in Belgium

FOD Volksgezondheid, Veiligheid van de Voedselketen en Leefmilieu
R.A.C. Esplanadegebouw
Oratoriënberg 20 bus 3
B-1010 Brussels
Belgium
Website: http://www.health.fgov.be

PF Santé publique, sécurité de la chaîne alimentaire et environnement
C.A.E. Bâtiment esplanade
Rue montagne de l'oratoire 20 boîte 3
B-1010 Brussels
Belgium
Website: http://www.health.fgov.be

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
  • Diplôme de médicin/Master in de geneeskunde

OR

  • Diploma van arts/ Diplôme de docteur en medicine

 

Belgian university or Le Jury compétent d’enseignement de la Communauté francaise or De bevoegde Examencommisse van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
You began your basic medical training before 20 December 1976
  • Diplôme de médicin/Master in de geneeskunde

AND EITHER

Belgian university or Le Jury compétent d’enseignement de la Communauté francaise or De bevoegde Examencommisse van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap

OR

Belgian Ministry of Public Health or Communaute Francaise De Belgique
  • 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)
Belgian Ministry of Public Health, or Communaute Francaise De Belgique 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 Bijzondere beroepstitel van geneesheerspecialist/Titre professionnel particuier de médecin spécialiste (formal evidence of having qualified as a medical specialist)

OR

Minister bevoegd voor Volksgezoondheid/Ministre de la Santé Publique (Ministry of Public Health)
You began your specialist training before 20 December 1976
  • A Bijzondere beroepstitel van geneesheerspecialist/Titre professionnel particuier de médecin spécialiste (formal evidence of having qualified as a medical specialist)

AND EITHER

Minister bevoegd voor Volksgezoondheid/Ministre de la Santé Publique (Ministry of Public Health) for documents issued before 1 July 2014

OR

Vlaamse gemeenschap (Agentschap Zorg en Gezondheid - Vlaamse Minister van Welzijn, Volksgezondheid en Gezin); Flemish Community (Agency for Care and Health - Flemish Minister of Welfare, Health and Family Affairs) for documents issued after 1 July 2014

  • 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

Belgian Ministry of Public Health or Communaute Francaise De Belgique
  • 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)
Belgian Ministry of Public Health, or Communaute Francaise De Belgique 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 Bijzondere beroepstitel van huisarts / Titre professionel particulier de médecin généraliste (certificate of specific training for general medical practice)
Belgian Ministry of Public Health
You began your GP training before 31 December 1994
  • A Bijzondere beroepstitel van huisarts / Titre professionel particulier de médecin généraliste (certificate of specific training for general medical practice)

AND

Belgian Ministry of Public 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

Belgian Ministry of Public Health or Communaute Francaise De Belgique

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.
Belgian Ministry of Public Health or Communaute Francaise De Belgique

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.