Expiration of the right to practice independently at the age of 75

(The 75-year rule)

According to § 14 of the Danish Authorization Act (Consolidated Act No. 1356 of 23 October 2016), the authorization to practice independently as a medical doctor, dentist, chiropractor, and other related professions expires at the age of 75.

However, the right to continue using the professional title, such as medical doctor or dentist, is still maintained. This also applies to medical and dental specialists who can continue using their specialist titles after reaching the age of 75.

Furthermore, medical doctors and dentists are allowed to prescribe medicine for their personal use and for their close relatives, as long as it is not for commercial purposes.

Who Does the Rule Apply to?

The rule applies to all registered health professionals who reach the age of 75 after January 1, 2007. If you fall into this category, it is important to familiarize yourself with the requirements outlined in this rule.

Exemption from the 75-Year Rule

The Danish Patient Safety Authority has the authority to grant exemptions from the 75-year rule. These exemptions can be granted either fully or partially.

To apply for an exemption, individuals must submit their applications to the regional public health medical officer. Along with other factors, the officer will consider the applicant's health condition, professional capabilities, and employment status. The exemption may be limited in duration or specific to certain healthcare services.