Application and Approval of Qualifications

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

Please note that applications from nurses who completed their primary qualifications more than 6 years prior to submitting a fully documented application to the Danish Patient Safety Authority will be rejected. However, if your application is accompanied by a document stating at least 12 months of professional experience as a nurse within the 6 years preceding the submission, you may still be considered under the 6-year rule.

Application Process

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to apply:

1. Fill out the online application form and submit it electronically.
2. Print out the application form, sign it, and send it by regular mail along with the documentation of your qualifications.

Please ensure you follow these instructions:

  • Complete the application form. You can find the form here: 
    Application form
  • Submit the form electronically.
  • Print and sign the application form.
  • Send the signed application form and all supporting qualification documents to the following address: Danish Patient Safety Authority, Registration & Health Insurance, Islands Brygge 67, 2300 Copenhagen S.

Alternatively, you can hand-deliver your application and documentation to the reception desk at the Danish Patient Safety Authority. Please refer to the "Contact" section for information on opening hours. Make sure to include a cover letter with your name, address, and signature (or a filled-in application form) along with your documentation.

Required Documentation

The required documentation should be numbered according to the list below:

  1. Documentation of your 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 (CV) listing your qualifications and work experience in chronological order.
  4. Diploma or certificate.
  5. Detailed transcript of your study program from the educational institution, including:
    • Admission requirements.
    • Total length of the education.
    • Theoretical education: subjects and lecture hours for each subject.
    • Clinical education: subjects and duration in hours.
    • Clinical education: departments and number of weeks in each department.
  6. Documentation of at least 12 months of work experience as a nurse (only required if you completed your training more than 6 years before this application under the 6-year rule). The documentation should confirm full-time employment and provide detailed information about your daily professional tasks. 
  7. A filled-in form or certificate from your educational institution. The certificate/form must be sent directly to the Danish Patient Safety Authority by the educational institution. The envelope or cover 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, allowing you to arrange for a certified translator to translate the document. Please note that the certificate will not be accepted if you send it yourself to the Danish Patient Safety Authority.
     
    Filled in form

  8. A filled-in 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). The certificate should confirm that you are legally authorized to practice your profession, without any misconduct or fitness to practice issues. It should also indicate that no cautions or conditions have been applied to your registration. If the certificate is not in English, we will send it to you after a specific assessment, allowing you to arrange for a translator to translate the document. The relevant health authority must send the certificate/form directly to the Danish Patient Safety Authority, clearly stating that it has been sent by the relevant health authority. The certificate/form should have been issued no more than 3 months before the Danish Patient Safety Authority receives all the documentation. Please note that the certificate will not be accepted if you send it yourself to the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

    Filled in form

  9. Supplementary documentation or additional information that is important for assessing your formal qualifications.
  10. Power of attorney if another person, such as job centers or municipalities, is handling your application.
    Use of power of attorney

Certificate of Non-registration

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

Please be aware that we are unable to assist applicants in contacting foreign authorities or universities to obtain documentation. For the certificate from your educational institution and certificate of good standing, please refer to our website where we officially request this documentation. (You can find the relevant links in points 7 and 8).

When submitting the above documentation, please send two copies by mail:

Copy 1: Original documentation or certified true copies (black and white).
Copy 2: Ordinary black and white copies of copy 1 in A4 format without any paper clips, folders, etc.

Certificate of Non-registration.

Certified True Copies

If you prefer to send copies instead of the original documents, the copies must be certified as true copies by an embassy/consulate, notary public, police, or the issuing authority. The certified copy should bear 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. Certified copies cannot be made by private individuals, employees of employment agencies, etc.

Original Documents

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

Translation into Danish or English

If your documents are not in English, you may include translations into Danish or English (translations into Norwegian or Swedish are also accepted). Alternatively, you can wait until we have processed your application and determined which documents need to be translated. However, please note that if you do not enclose translated documents, the assessment process may take longer.

Translations must be conducted 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 indicated on the translation. If the stamp is not in Danish or English, it should be translated by the translator. The translated document must be securely attached to the document in the original language using a band, seal, or similar method.

Assessment

Upon receiving your application and documentation by post, we will promptly send you an email to confirm receipt of your application. Please check your junk mail folder, as our emails sometimes end up there. However, no confirmation will be sent for any additional documentation you provide.

We conduct an individual assessment of your primary qualifications to determine your eligibility for testing. In some cases, we may request additional documentation regarding your study program.

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 nurse. Please note that this letter does not serve as your authorization.

Application processing time

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

Currently we are processing applications received in November 2023.

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 cannot address questions related to Danish CPR numbers. For more information, visit: 

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