Non-EU countries

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.

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

1. Application and Qualification Approval

Before applying for Danish authorization to the Danish Patient Safety Authority, you must first establish an EPIC Account at the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) in the USA to primary-source verify your medical education credentials. Before you upload your medical credentials to the ECFMG, please fill out our online application form, which you find on the section for Application and Approval of Qualifications, and submit it electronically. After receiving all three EPIC reports, you must also send your application with all the required documentation of your formal qualifications by mail to the Danish Patient Safety Authority. For more information, please refer to the "Application and Approval of Qualifications" section.

Application and Approval of Qualifications

2. Language Test

Before registering for the medical tests and the course in Danish Health Legislation, you need to pass the language test known as Prøve i dansk 3 (Danish 3 Exam). The language test is held 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 documentation of formal qualifications. However, you must have passed the exam within the past 12 months of applying for registration, unless you can prove that you have stayed continuously in Denmark after passing the language test. For more information, please see the "Language Test" section.

Language Test

3. Medical Tests

To register for the medical tests, we must approve evidence of your passed language test. The medical tests consist of a written test and an oral test, which are held twice a year. The written test takes place in March and September, while the oral test is scheduled for May and November. For more information, please see the "Medical Tests" section.

Medical Tests

4. Course in Danish Health Legislation

To register for the course in Danish health legislation, we first need to approve your evidence of passing the language test. This is a 3-day course that includes 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, please refer to the "Course in Danish Health Legislation" section.

Course in Danish Health Legislation

5. Employment for Adaptation and Training Purposes

After passing the medical tests and the course in Danish health legislation, you must take up employment for adaptation and training purposes (evalueringsansættelse). The duration of this employment depends on whether you hold specialist qualifications or not. You must start this position no later than 12 months after passing the last medical test or the course in Danish health legislation, and you are responsible for finding a vacant position yourself. Your salary and work conditions are subject to general employment terms. Before starting your employment, you need to obtain an evalueringsautorisation (only in Danish). For more information, please see the "Employment for Adaptation and Training Purposes" section.

Employment for Adaptation and Training Purposes

6. Permission to Work Independently

During the last month of your employment (evalueringsansættelse), you can apply for Danish authorization and permission to work independently as a medical doctor. Please note that there is a fee for obtaining permission to work independently. For more information, please see the "Permission to Work Independently" section.

Permission to Work Independently

7. Specialist

Once you have obtained authorization and permission to work independently as a medical doctor, you can begin specialty training. If you hold specialist qualifications, you can apply for an assessment of your completed specialist training to determine if additional training is necessary. This assessment is conducted by one of the three Regional Councils for Postgraduate Medical Training (Regionale Råd for Lægers Videreuddannelse). You can apply for the assessment once you have completed the employment for adaptation and training purposes and have obtained authorization and permission to work independently. For more information, please refer to the "Specialist" section.

Specialist