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Evidence of qualifications - Portugal

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

Medical regulatory authority in Portugal

Ministério da Saude
Avenida Miguel Bombarda 6
1000 Lisbon
Portugal

Ordem dos Médicos
Avenida Almirante Gago Coutinho 151
1700 Lisbon
Portugal
Tel: +351 847 0654
Fax: +351 1847 0467

Below is information about:

Provisional registration with a licence to practise

You need to send us:

A Carta De Curso de licenciatura em medicina OR a Certificado de mestrado integrado em medicina awarded by a Portuguese University.

Full registration with a licence to practise

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

A certificate confirming the completion of internship. This must confirm that you have completed 24 months internship and are eligible for full registration in Portugal.

Please note that we do not accept diplomas issued by Portuguese hospitals as evidence of completion of general internship training.
To apply for full registration with a licence to practise if you have previously held provisional registration and completed your internship in the UK we need to see:

A Certificate of Experience form completed a designated representative. Your Certificate of Experience will be sent to us directly from your Foundation School. Please see our contact points for completing Certificates of Experience.

 

If you have not previously held provisional registration the documents you need to send us depend on the date you began 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 Carta De Curso licenciatura em medicina OR a Certificado de mestrado integrado em meicina

    AND
  • A certificate confirming the completion of internship. This must confirm that you have completed 24 months internship and are eligible for full registration in Portugal.

    We don’t accept diplomas issued by Portuguese hospitals as evidence of completion of internship training.

Portuguese University



Ordem dos Médicos
You began your basic medical training before 1 January 1986
  • A Carta De Curso licenciatura em medicina

    AND
  • A certificate confirming the completion of internship. This must confirm that you have completed 24 months internship and are eligible for full registration in Portugal.

    AND 
  • A document which confirms that the training leading to the award of your primary medical qualification meets the standards detailed in Article 24 of The Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications (the Directive).

    OR
  • 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).

Portuguese University





Ordem dos Médicos









Ordem dos Médicos, 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 specialist)

 

OR

  • A Grau Assistente (Degree of Assistant)

 

Ordem dos Medicos

Ministerio de Saude

You began your specialist training before 1 January 1986
  • A Título de Especialista (professional qualification of specialist)

OR

  • A Grau de Assistente (Degree of Assistant)
AND

 

 

Ordem dos Medicos

 

Ministerio de Saude

 

  • 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
Ordem dos Medicos
  • 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)
Ordem dos Medicos, 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 Título de especialista em medicina geral e familiar (certificate of specific training for general medical practice)
Ministerio da Saude OR Ordem dos Medicos
You began your GP training before 31 December 1994
  • A Título de especialista em medicina geral e familiar (certificate of specific training for general medical practice)

  • AND
Ministerio da Saude OR Ordem dos Medicos
  • 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
Ordem dos Medicos
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.
Ordem dos Medicos

 

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.