Application and Approval of Qualifications

To obtain approval for your foreign primary dental qualifications, you must submit an application to the Danish Patient Safety Authority and include the necessary documentation.

The 6-Year Rule

Please note that dentists who completed their primary dental qualifications more than six years prior to submitting a fully documented application to the Danish Patient Safety Authority will have their applications rejected. However, an exception can be made if the application is accompanied by a document proving at least 12 months of professional experience as a dentist within the six years preceding the application date (known as the 6-Year Rule).

Dental Educational Programs with a Duration of Less Than Five Years

Before submitting your application, it's important to consider that in most cases, primary dental educational programs lasting less than five years are typically deemed unsuitable for testing. This is because dental education programs with a duration of less than five years usually do not meet the requirements of closely resembling Danish dental education. However, we always assess each application individually, taking into account our national guidelines stated in §2, paragraph 1, number 1 of Executive Order no. 97 of February 9, 2011, regarding the authorization of dentists from countries outside the EU/EEA, along with subsequent amendments.

Danish Dental Education
In Denmark, dental education consists of five years of study followed by 12 months of clinical training.

Application Process

To apply, you need to complete the application form electronically and then print a copy. We recommend filling in and submitting the form when you have access to a printer.

Here's the step-by-step process:

  • Fill out the application form. Find the form here: 
    Application form
  • Submit the form electronically.
  • Print the form and sign it.
  • Send the application form and all required documentation to the Danish Patient Safety Authority by post.

Alternatively, you can hand in your application and documents at the reception desk of the Danish Patient Safety Authority. Please refer to the contact information and opening hours listed under the "Contact" section. Remember to include the application form with your name and address when submitting your documentation.

Required Documentation

Please ensure that each document is numbered as per the list below. For instance, assign number 1 to the documentation pertaining to 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. Translation of the name change certificate, if it is not issued in English.

  4. Curriculum vitae (CV) that lists your qualifications and work experience in chronological order.

  5. Diploma for completed primary education as a dentist.

  6. Translation of the diploma into Danish or English, if it is not issued in English.

  7. Completed form or certificate from your educational institution. The educational institution must directly send the certificate/form to the Danish Patient Safety Authority, clearly indicating on the envelope/plastic courier pack that it has been sent by the educational institution. If the certificate is not in English, we will assess it specifically and send it to you, allowing you to consult a certified translator for translation. Please note that if you send the certificate yourself, it will not be accepted by the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

    Filled in form

  8. Transcript of the study program from the educational institution, which should include the following information:

    • Duration of the basic program

    • Theoretical education: subjects and lecture hours for each subject

    • Clinical education: subjects and clinical hours for each subject

    • Number of weeks per semester

Please refer to our supplement information document for more details on the subjects that must be clearly mentioned on your transcript. If any subjects are missing from your transcript, you will likely be required to provide additional documentation of these subjects when we commence processing your dental education application.

Supplement Information Document

  1. Translation of the transcript of the study program into Danish or English, if it is not issued in English.

  2. Completed form or certificate from the competent health authorities in your most recent country of work or residence (Certificate of Current Professional Status/certificate of good standing). This certificate should confirm your legal entitlement to practice your profession, affirming that you have not been involved in any misconduct or deemed unfit to practice, and that no cautions or conditions have been applied to your registration. If the certificate is not in English, we will assess it specifically and send it to you, allowing you to arrange for translation. The relevant health authority must directly send the certificate/form to the Danish Patient Safety Authority, clearly indicating on the envelope/plastic courier pack that it has been sent by the relevant health authority. The certificate/form must have been issued within the three months prior to the Danish Patient Safety Authority receiving all the documentation. Please note that if you send the certificate yourself, it will not be accepted by the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

    Filled in form

  3. Documentation of at least 12 months of dental work experience (only applicable if you completed your training more than 6 years before this application - the 6-year rule). This documentation must confirm full-time employment and provide detailed information about your daily professional tasks. Documented part-time employment equivalent to a period of 12 months of full-time employment can also fulfill the requirement for 12 months of work experience, provided that the work experience was gained within the last 6 years prior to the date of application submission.

  4. Supplementary documentation or additional information, if any, that is pertinent to the assessment of your formal qualifications.

  5. Power of attorney, if another person, such as job centers, municipalities, etc., is handling your application.
    Use of power of attorney

Please ensure that you have all the required documentation ready before submitting your application.

Certificate of Non-Registration

If you have not yet registered within your profession and therefore cannot provide a certificate of good standing, you must instead submit a certificate of non-registration. This certificate must be sent directly to us from the competent authority.
 
Certificate of Non-registration

Please note that we are unable to assist you in contacting foreign authorities or universities to obtain the required documentation. For information regarding the certificate from your educational institution and the certificate of good standing, please visit our official website where we provide instructions on how to request these documents (see links in points 7 and 10).

To complete your application, please send the above-mentioned documentation by post in two copies:

  • Copy 1: Original documentation or certified true copies (black and white).
  • Copy 2: Ordinary copies of Copy 1 (the copies must be black and white, A4 format, without paper clips, folders, etc.).

Certified True Copies

If you prefer to send copies instead of the original documents, it is necessary for the copies to be certified as true copies by an embassy/consulate, notary public, the police, or the issuing authority. The certified copy must have a stamp and signature confirming in English or Danish that it is a true copy of the original document. The authority or signatory must be easily identifiable. Please note that certified copies cannot be made by private individuals or employees of employment agencies.

Original Documents

There may be instances where we request the presentation of your original documents. Translations and documents referred to in points 7 and 10 must always be submitted in their original form. Any original documents provided will be returned to you by registered post to the address you have specified in the application form. Kindly inform us promptly if there is any change in your address.

Translation into Danish or English

If your documents are not in English, you may include translations into Danish or English (we also accept translations into Norwegian or Swedish). Alternatively, you can wait until we have processed your application and determined which documents require translation. However, please be aware that if you do not include translated documents, it may result in a longer processing time for your application.

Translations must be completed by one of the following:

  • The university or authority that issued the document.
  • A certified translator.

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

Assessment

Upon receiving your application and documentation by post, we will promptly send you an email to acknowledge receipt (please remember to check your junk mail folder, as our emails may sometimes end up there).

Please note that you will not receive confirmation upon receipt of additional documentation.

We will conduct an individual assessment of your primary dental qualifications to determine your eligibility for testing.

Once we have completed the assessment of your application, we will notify you by email or digital post (e.g., e-Boks, the Danish online digital mailbox, if you have a Danish CPR number) if we require additional documentation. Alternatively, we will send you a letter containing your documentation. If your formal qualifications are approved, the letter will provide information on the requirements for obtaining Danish authorization and permission to work independently as a dentist. Please be aware that this letter does not serve as your authorization.

The letter, along with your documentation, will be sent to the address you have specified in the application form via regular or registered post. Please inform us immediately if there is any change in your address. If you reside abroad, please ensure that you have provided your full address in the application form and that you are able to receive letters by post, as we do not utilize courier services such as GLS.

Application processing time

We process applications in the order in which they are received.

  • Currently we are processing applications received in January 2024.
  • We expect your application to be processed within approx. 6 months from receipt of your physical application.

We prioritize those applicants who are closest to being able to contribute to the Danish healthcare system. This applies to all applications from healthcare professionals from countries outside the EU/EEA where we are aware that the applicant has a Danish CPR number and active residence in Denmark.

If the applicant meets these conditions, we expect to process the application within a few working days after the applicant has submitted the physical application incl. the necessary documentation.

If you are already registered in our system with a CPR number and live in Denmark, you do not have to contact us. We will automatically prioritize your application when you have submitted the physical application incl. the necessary documentation.

If you have a CPR number, but have not yet informed us about it, please contact us by phone +45 72 28 66 00 or send by secure email.

Please note that we are unable to answer inquiries regarding Danish CPR numbers. For more information about Danish CPR numbers, please visit:
Life in Denmark.dk.