Non-EU countries

Follow this procedure if:

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

On 24 January 2024, a political agreement was reached on how the opportunities for recruitment of foreign health professionals from third countries could be improved.

Read the agreement (in danish)

The agreement includes a number of initiatives which are carried out by, among other things, by amending the Authorisation Act and decrees on the authorisation of healthcare professionals who are nationals of and/or trained in countries outside the EU/EEA.

What does it mean to you?

When the agreement enters into force, it may have an impact on the authorisation process for you, who are healthcare professionals outside the EU/EEA.

It is also expected that the current authorisation fee will be changed from an issuance fee to an application fee. This means that the fee will have to be paid for processing an application, and not for getting an authorisation issued.

The rules have not yet changed. This means that the current rules still apply. It is the current rules that appear on our website.

When will the change take effect?

We expect that the changes to the authorisation process will come into force on 1 July 2024. When the rules have been changed, this will be shown on our website, and we will continuously provide information of importance to current and future applicants for Danish authorisation.

Stay updated

It is important to stay updated on any changes to the registration procedure and be aware of the special deadlines you must meet.

Authorization Process

To obtain Danish authorization and work independently as a dentist, you need to follow the steps outlined below. The duration of the authorization process depends on how quickly you learn Danish, pass the dental tests, and fulfill other requirements. Please note that obtaining Danish authorization and permission to work independently as a dentist may take several years.

1. Application and Qualification of Approval

To apply for Danish authorization, complete an application form and submit it electronically to the Danish Patient Safety Authority. Additionally, print and sign the application form and send it, along with the necessary documentation of your qualifications, via regular mail. Send two copies of the required documentation, either as certified true copies or original documents and regular copies. For detailed information, please see the "Application and Qualification Approval" section.

Application and Approval of Qualifications

2. Language Test

Before you can register for the dental tests and the course on Danish Health Legislation, you must pass the Danish 3 Exam (Prøve i dansk 3). The language test is conducted twice a year, in May/June and November/December, and you can take the exam at various language centers in Denmark. You can take the language test before submitting your application and qualification documentation. However, the exam must have been passed within the 12 months preceding your registration application, unless you can provide evidence of continuous stay in Denmark after passing the language test. For further information, please refer to the "Language Test" section.

Language Test

3. Dental Tests

To register for the dental tests, we require proof of passing the language test. The dental tests consist of a written test and an oral test, both held twice a year. The written test takes place in September, while the oral tests are conducted in May and November. Detailed information can be found in the "Dental Tests" section.

Dental Tests

4. Course on Danish Health Legislation

Before you can register for the course on Danish Health Legislation, we need to approve your proof of passing the language test. The course is a three-day program that includes three modules of group teaching and group work. At the end of the course, a written test is administered. Typically, the course is offered four to five times a year. Visit the "Course on Danish Health Legislation" section for more information.

Course on Danish Health Legislation

5. Employment for Adaptation and Training Purposes

Once you have passed the dental tests and completed the course on Danish Health Legislation, you are required to secure employment for adaptation and training purposes (evalueringsansættelse). You must assume this position no later than 12 months after passing the last dental test or completing the course on Danish Health Legislation. It is your responsibility to find an available position, and your salary and work terms will be governed by standard employment conditions. Before commencing your employment, you need to obtain a temporary authorization known as "evalueringsautorisation." Additional details can be found in the "Employment for Adaptation and Training Purposes" section.

Employment for Adaptation and Training Purposes

6. Permission to Work Independently

You may apply for Danish authorization and permission to work independently as a dentist at least 14 days before successfully completing your employment for adaptation and training purposes (evalueringsansættelse). A fee is required for obtaining permission to work independently as a dentist. More information is available in the "Permission to Work Independently" section.

Permission to Work Independently

7. Specialist Training

Once you have obtained authorization and permission to work independently as a dentist in Denmark, you can begin specialist training. If you have completed specialist training outside of Denmark, you can apply to the Danish Patient Safety Authority for an assessment of your training after obtaining Danish authorization and permission to work independently as a dentist. Refer to the "Specialist" section for further information.

Specialist