Non-EU countries (third countries)

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Follow this procedure if:

  • You are a national of a non-EU/EEA country and have completed medical training in a non-EU/EEA country.
  • You are a national of a non-EU/EEA country and have completed medical training in an EU/EEA country (other than Denmark)
  • You are a national of an EU/EEA country and have completed medical training in a non-EU/EEA country. You can apply for registration under the special EU/EEA provisions if you have worked for at least three years in another EU/EEA country.

News and deadlines

It is important that you keep updated about any changes to the authorisation process and that you are aware of the special deadlines you have to meet. For more information, see News and deadlines.

Authorisation process

To obtain Danish authorisation and permission to work independently as a medical doctor, you need to follow the below steps. The duration of the authorisation process depends on how fast you learn Danish and pass the medical tests etc. Please note that it may take several years to obtain Danish autorisation and permission to work independently as a medical doctor.

1. Application and approval of qualifications

Before you send an application for Danish authorisation to the Danish Patient Safety Authority you must first establish an EPIC Account at the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®), USA to primary-source verify your medical education credentials. Once you have uploadet your medical credentials to the ECFMG you must fill in our application form, which is to be found on the website of the Danish Patient Safety Authority, and send it to us electronically. After receipt of all three EPIC reports you must furthermore send your application with all required documentation of your formal qualifications by post to the Danish Patient Safety Authority. For more information, see Application and approval of qualifications.

2. Language test

Before you can register for the medical tests and the course in Danish Health Legislation, you need to pass the language test Prøve i dansk 3 (Danish 3 Exam) and obtain the minimum scores of 10, 7, 7. The language test is held twice a year in May/June and in November/December, and you can take the exam from various language centres in Denmark. You can take the language test before you send your application and documentation of formal qualifications. However, you must have passed the exam less than 12 months before you apply for registration, unless you can prove that you have stayed continuously in Denmark in the period after you passed the language test. For more information, see Language test.

3. Medical tests

To register for the medical tests, we have to approve evidence of passed language test. The medical tests comprise a written test and an oral test and are held twice a year. The written test is held in the month of March and September and the oral test in the month of May and November. For more information, see Medical tests.

4. Course in Danish health legislation

To register for the course in Danish health legislation, we first have to approve your evidence of passed language test. This is a 3-day course including three modules of both group teaching and group work. There is a written test at the end of the course. The course is usually held 4-5 times a year. For more information, see Course in Danish health legislation.

5. Employment for adaptation and training purposes

When you have passed the medical tests and the course in Danish health legislation, you have to take up employment for adaptation and training purposes (evalueringsansættelse). The duration depends on whether you hold specialist qualifications or not. You must take up this position no later than 12 months after you passed the last medical test or the course in Danish health legislation, and you have to find a vacant position yourself. Your salary and work are under general employment terms. Before you start in your employment, you need to obtain an evalueringsautorisation (only in Danish). For more information, see Employment for adaptation and training purposes.

6. Permission to work independently

You can apply for Danish authorisation and permission to work independently as a medical doctor during the last month of your employment (evalueringsansættelse). You have to pay a fee for permission to work independently as a medical doctor. For more information, see Permission to work independently.

7. Specialist

When you have obtained authorisation and permission to work independently as a medical doctor you can start speciality training. You have to start the main speciality training within 5 years from the date when you obtained permission to work independently as a medical doctor. If you hold specialist qualifications, you can apply for an assessment of your completed specialist training with a view to additional training, if necessary, from one of the three Regionale Råd for Lægers Videreuddannelse (Regional Councils for Postgraduate Medical Training), when you have completed the employment for adaptation and training purposes and have obtained authorisation and permission to work independently. For more information, see Specialist.