Application and Approval of Qualifications

To have your foreign education approved, you must submit an application to the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

Please note that applications from chiropodists who completed their primary qualifications more than 6 years prior to the receipt of a fully documented application at the Danish Patient Safety Authority will be rejected, unless the application is accompanied by a document stating professional experience as a chiropodist for at least 12 months during the 6 years preceding the date when we receive an application (referred to as the 6-year rule).

Application

To begin the process, you need to fill out the online application form and submit it electronically. After that, you should print and sign the application form and mail it along with the required documentation of your qualifications.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Fill in the application form.
    Application form
  2. Send the form electronically.
  3. Print the application form, sign it, and send it along with the documentation of your qualifications to the following address: Danish Patient Safety Authority, Authorization Office, Islands Brygge 67, 2300 Copenhagen S.
  4. Alternatively, you can also hand-deliver your application and documentation at the reception desk of the Danish Patient Safety Authority. For contact information and opening hours, please visit our website under the Contact section. Make sure to enclose a cover letter with your name, address, and signature (or fill in the application form) when submitting your documentation.

Required Documentation

Each document must be numbered according to the list provided below. For example, number 2 should be assigned to the documentation of your name, date of birth, and nationality.

  1. Documentation of name, date of birth, and nationality (e.g., a certified copy of the relevant page in your passport).
  2. Name change certificate, if applicable.
  3. Curriculum vitae, detailing your qualifications and work experience in chronological order.
  4. Diploma/Certificate.
  5. Detailed transcript of the study program from the educational institution, including the following information:
    • Admission requirements.
    • Total length of education.
    • Theoretical education: subjects and lecture hours for each subject.
    • Clinical education: subjects and duration in hours.
    • Clinical education: departments and number of weeks spent in each department.
  6. Documentation of at least 12 months' work experience as a chiropodist (only required if you completed your training more than 6 years ago, as per the 6-year rule). The documentation must confirm full-time employment and provide detailed information about your daily professional tasks.
    • Note: Part-time employment documented for a period equivalent to 12 months of full-time work can also fulfill the 12-month work experience requirement, as long as it was acquired within the last 6 years prior to the application submission date.
  7. Filled-in form or certificate from your educational institution. The educational institution must send the certificate/form directly to the Danish Patient Safety Authority. The envelope (or similar packaging) should clearly indicate that it has been sent by the educational institution. If the certificate is not in English, we will send it to you, after a specific assessment, so that you can have it translated by a certified translator. The Danish Patient Safety Authority will not accept the certificate if it is sent directly by the applicant.

    Filled in form

  8. Filled-in form or certificate from the competent health authorities in your most recent country of work or country of residence (Certificate of Current Professional Status/certificate of good standing). The certificate must confirm that you are legally authorized to practice your profession and that there have been no findings of misconduct or unfitness to practice, with no cautions or conditions applied to your registration. If the certificate is not in English, we will send it to you, after a specific assessment, so that you can have it translated by a translator. The relevant health authority must send the certificate/form directly to the Danish Patient Safety Authority. The envelope (or similar packaging) should clearly indicate that it has been sent by the relevant health authority. The certificate/form must have been issued no more than 3 months before the Danish Patient Safety Authority receives all the documentation. The Danish Patient Safety Authority will not accept the certificate if it is sent directly by the applicant.

    Filled in form

  9. Supplementary documentation or additional information, if applicable, that is relevant to the assessment of your formal qualifications.
  10. Power of attorney, if someone else, such as job centers or municipalities, is handling your application.

Certificate of Non-registration

If you are not yet registered within your profession and therefore cannot provide a certificate of good standing, you must instead submit a certificate of non-registration directly from the competent authority to the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

Please note that the Danish Patient Safety Authority cannot assist applicants in contacting foreign authorities or universities to obtain documentation. Regarding the certificate from your educational institution and the certificate of good standing, please refer to our website where we officially request this documentation (links provided in points 7 and 8).

When submitting your documentation, please send two copies:

Copy 1: Original documentation or certified true copies (black/white).

Copy 2: Ordinary copies of Copy 1 (black/white, A4 format, without paper clips, folders, etc.).

Certificate of Non-registration

Certified True Copies

If you prefer not to send the original documents and instead send copies, the copies must be certified as true copies by an embassy/consulate, notary public, police, or the authority that issued the document. The certified copy should bear a stamp and signature in English or Danish, confirming that it is a true copy of the original document. The authority or signatory must be easily identifiable. Certified copies made by private individuals or employees of employment agencies are not acceptable.

Original Documents

There may be instances where we request you to present your original documents. Translations must always be submitted in their original form. Original documentation will be returned to you by registered post.

Translation into Danish or English

If your documents are not in English, you may include translations into Danish or English for the enclosed documentation (we also accept translations into Norwegian or Swedish). Alternatively, you can wait until we have processed your application and assessed which documents need to be translated. However, please be aware that choosing not to enclose translated documents may result in a longer assessment time.

Translations must be done by one of the following:

  1. The university or authority that issued the document.
  2. A translator. The translator's name and stamp must be clearly visible on the translation. If the stamp is not in Danish or English, it must be translated by the translator. The translator should attach the translated document to the original document using a band, seal, or similar method.

Assessment

Upon receiving your application and documentation by post, you will receive a confirmation email (please check your junk email folder, as our emails sometimes end up there). The assessment process may take up to 6 months from the date when the Danish Patient Safety Authority has received all the required documentation. During this time, we will assess whether your application is complete or if additional documentation is needed. Please note that no confirmation will be sent if you submit additional documentation.

We conduct an individual assessment of your primary qualifications to determine your eligibility for testing. Additional documentation of the study program may be requested.

Once we have completed the assessment of your application, we will notify you by email if we require further documentation. Alternatively, we will send you a letter containing your documentation. If your formal qualifications are approved, the letter will outline the requirements for obtaining Danish authorization as a chiropodist. Please be aware that this letter does not serve as your authorization.