Application and Assesment of Qualifications

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

Is your education more than 6 years old?

Please note that if you completed your primary medical qualifications more than six years prior to submitting a fully documented application to the Danish Patient Safety Authority, your application will be rejected. However, you can submit an application accompanied by a document proving at least 12 months of professional experience as a medical doctor within the six years preceding your application.

How to apply

The first step you must take is to fill out our online application form. This step is crucial and should be completed before submitting the EPIC reports mentioned below.

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

  • Submit your application and the necessary documentation via the application form and pay the fee.
  • Fulfill all documentation requirements. We will only process your application once we have received all the documents from you.

Application fee

A fee of DKK 3.508,- must be paid when applying for Danish authorization and permission to work independently. You will be asked to pay the fee when filling out the application form.

In order to be able to work in Denmark as a medical doctor, you must have obtained Danish authorization. The title is protected and you may only use the designation medical doctor, if Danish authorization has been issued to you.

Special information about clinical hours

If your foreign education is equivalent to the corresponding Danish basic education in content, levels and duration - except for lack of clinical teaching hours - we can take this into account in the duration of the employment for adaptation and training purposes which you must complete in the authorization process. This means that you will have to compensate for the missing hours in connection with the employment.

Required Documentation

In order for us to process your application for Danish authorization, you must meet all documentary requirements. Here you can see what attachments you must upload when you apply.

Note: If you applied before July 1, 2024 and therefore did not upload the necessary documentation with your application, you must send all the necessary documentation to us now.

In order for us to process your application, you have to upload the following documents, when you fill out the application form:

  1. Proof of your identity which must be relevant pages from your passport showing your passport number/ID-number, name, date of birth, citizenship, your photo and your signature. Your information must match the information you have entered in your application. Please note this is not relevant if you have Danish MitID.

  2. Name change certificate, if applicable. Documentation of your name if you have changed your name after you have completed your education (e.g. name change certificate or marriage certificate). Please note this is not relevant if you have Danish MitID.

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

  4. Documentation of at least 12 months of work experience within your profession if you have completed your basis education more than 6 years prior your application for Danish authorization.

  5. Supplementary documentation/formalized postgraduate education equivalent to a Danish Diploma program (one year/60 ECTS-points) or Master’s degree (two years/120 ECTS-points), if any.

  6. Supplementary documentation or additional information, if any, that is pertinent to the assessing of your formal qualifications.
  7. Supplementary documentation or additional information, if any, that is pertinent to the assessing of your formal qualifications.

  8. You must submit a power of attorney, if another person is handling your application. Use power of attorney

Your documentation must be uploaded in colour and good quality, and the documents have to be fully visible and readable.

You must upload all documentation in the original language. If your documents are not in English, Norwegian or Swedish, you must also upload a translation into Danish, English, Norwegian or Swedish in same file.
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 logo/stamp(s) is not in Danish or English, it should be translated by the translator. 

Please note that the translated version of your documentation must be uploaded in the same file as the original document.

You must submit a power of attorney, if another person is handling your application.

Use power of attorney

You must further with your application ensure that we receive the required 3 EPIC reports.

The Danish Patient Safety Authority has partnered with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®), a member of Intealth in the USA, to verify the medical education credentials of medical doctors seeking registration or licensure in Denmark. If you graduated from a medical school located outside of the European Economic Community (EEC) or you are a citizen of a country outside the EEC, you must have certain medical education credentials verified through ECFMG's Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) service. Please note that you are responsible for covering the costs of the primary-source verification process.

For additional information and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about using EPIC to support your application to the DPSA, please visit the EPIC website's special instructions and FAQs section for applying to the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

If you have any questions regarding EPIC and the verification process, please contact EPIC directly.

The EPIC website

To have your credentials primary-source verified through ECFMG in support of your DPSA application, please follow these steps:

Step 1 - Establish an EPIC Account

For complete instructions, visit the EPIC website's "Getting Started" section. Once your request has been processed and your EPIC Account has been established, you will receive login information via email to access your account.

Getting Started

Step 2 - Confirm your identity with EPIC

Detailed information on confirming your identity with EPIC can be found in the "Confirming Your Identity with EPIC" section on the EPIC website. This step requires you to submit an EPIC Identification Form (EIF). After ECFMG accepts your form, you will be able to upload the credentials required by the Danish Patient Safety Authority for primary-source verification.

Confirming Your Identity

Step 3 - Upload the Required Medical Education Credentials for Primary-source Verification through EPIC

Log in to your EPIC Account and upload the following credentials to EPIC for primary-source verification:

  • Final Medical Diploma (completed primary medical qualifications)
  • Final Medical School Transcript (of primary medical qualifications which must give information of all relevant medical subjects, including such subjects as neurology, neurosurgery and dermatology etc.)
  • License to Practice Medicine issued by the competent health authorities in the most recent country of work as a medical doctor.

No further EPIC reports are required. 

Once uploaded, you can check on the status of your credentials at any time by logging in to your EPIC Account. See Using EPIC on the EPIC website for more information.

Using EPIC

Certificate of Non-registration 

If you are not yet registered with a license to work as a medical doctor in any country and for that reason is unable to upload your license to practice medicine to EPIC for primary-source verification, please read this information before you upload the other two documents to EPIC for primary-source verification.

Certificate of Non-registration

Step 4 - Send Reports on your Verified Credentials to us

Did you beforehand fill in our online application form? If not, then please fill out the form now and pay the fee. Please note that there is no contact information of you in the reports.

ECFMG will notify you by email as each credential is verified. Once your three credentials have been verified, go to the "My Reports" tab in your EPIC Account and request that the EPIC Reports for each verified credential be provided to the DPSA. For more information on EPIC Reports, see the EPIC Reports section of the Using EPIC page on the EPIC website.

Reports on EPIC website

Upon receipt of the three mentioned EPIC reports, we will send you a receipt by email as soon as possible (please, however, expect at least 7-14 days) to the email address stated in the online application form that you have sent electronically to us. Your application will be processed only after receipt of the three EPIC reports.  

What should you pay attention to?

When we have received your application with all the necessary documentation, the report issuing date on the EPIC report regarding primary-source verification of your license to practice medicine or the like most not be more than 3 months old. If the report issuing date in the mentioned EPIC report is more than 3 months old we might find it necessary to ask you to submit a new and updated verification of your license through EPIC.

Assessment Process 

When we have received your online application for Danish authorization and necessary documentation, we will send you an email to confirm receipt of your application. 

We will also send you an email to confirm receipt of your 3 EPIC reports.

Please remember to check your junk mail folder, as our emails sometimes end up there. 

We will either use the World Directory of Medical Schools or conduct an individual assessment of your primary medical qualifications to determine whether your education in content, levels and duration is equivalent to the corresponding Danish primary medical education. In the case of an individual assessment, we may request additional documentation regarding the study program, including information on theoretical and clinical teaching hours for each relevant medical subject.

The World Directory of Medical Schools

In some cases, we may also request additional documentation regarding your study program - including formalized postgraduate education, if any.

We assess whether you have achieved an overall level of education abroad which is equivalent to the Danish primary medical doctor education or whether you only lack clinical teaching hours in order for your education to be assessed equal to the Danish education. In case that your medical doctor education lacks clinical teaching hours this must be compensated for in the authorization process that you must complete to obtain Danish authorization.

We make an individual assessment of your medical doctor education, to assess whether your education is equivalent to the Danish primary medical doctor education. We can in our assessment include formalized postgraduate education equivalent to a Danish Diploma program (one year/60 ECTS-points) or Master’s degree (two years/120 ECTS-points).

Once we have completed the assessment of your application, we will notify you via email if further documentation is required. Alternatively, we will send you a letter containing your documentation.

If your formal qualifications are approved, the letter will provide information about the requirements for obtaining Danish authorization as a medical doctor. Please note that this letter does not serve as your authorization.

Our letter, along with your documentation, will be sent to the address you provided in the application form by regular or registered post. If you change your address, please inform us by email or letter. If you reside abroad, ensure that you provide your full address in the application form and can receive letters by post, as we do not use couriers like GLS/TNT.

Application processing time

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

Currently we are processing applications received in April 2024. An assessment of an application begins when the fee is paid.

We expect that your application to be processed within approx. 6 months from receipt of your physical application provided that we have received your payment of the fee in advance. 

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 the necessary EPIC rapports have been uploaded and 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 questions regarding the Danish CPR number. For more information, go to Life in Denmark.dk.