Application and Approval of Qualifications

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

Please note that if you completed your primary qualifications as a physiotherapist more than 6 years ago, your application will be rejected unless you provide documentation of at least 12 months of professional experience as a physiotherapist within the 6 years preceding the date of application (referred to as the "6-year rule").

Application

  1. Fill out the online application form and submit it electronically.
    Application form
  2. Print and sign the application form.
  3. Send the signed application form and the required documentation by regular mail to the Danish Patient Safety Authority, Authorization Office, Islands Brygge 67, 2300 Copenhagen S.

Alternatively, you can submit your application and documents in person at the reception desk of the Danish Patient Safety Authority. For contact information and opening hours, please refer to the "Contact" page. Make sure to enclose a cover letter with your name, address, and signature (or fill in the application form) along with your documentation.

Required Documentation

Please number each document according to the list below. For example, label the documentation of your name, date of birth, and nationality as number 2.

  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/marriage certificate (if applicable).
  3. Curriculum vitae detailing your qualifications and work experience in chronological order.
  4. Diploma/Certificate.
  5. Detailed transcript of your study program from the educational institution, including the following information:
    • Admission requirements
    • Total length of education
    • Theoretical education: subjects and lecture hours for each subject
    • Clinical education: subjects and duration in hours
    • Clinical education: departments and number of weeks spent in each department
  6. Documentation of at least 12 months' work experience as a physiotherapist (only if you completed your training more than 6 years ago, in accordance with the 6-year rule). The documentation should confirm full-time employment and provide detailed information about your daily professional tasks.
    • Note: Part-time employment for a period equivalent to 12 months of full-time employment within the last 6 years prior to the date of application can also fulfill this requirement.
  7. Filled-in form or certificate from your educational institution. The educational institution must send the certificate/form directly to the Danish Patient Safety Authority. Clearly indicate on the envelope or accompanying document that it has been sent by the educational institution. If the certificate is not in English, we will provide it to you for translation by a certified translator. Certificates sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

    Filled in form

  8. 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 must confirm your legal entitlement to practice your profession and indicate the absence of misconduct, lack of fitness to practice, cautions, or conditions on your registration. If the certificate is not in English, we will provide it to you for translation by a translator. The relevant health authority must send the certificate/form directly to the Danish Patient Safety Authority, clearly indicating it was sent by them. The certificate/form must be issued no more than 3 months before the Danish Patient Safety Authority receives all the documentation. Certificates sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

    Filled in form

  9. Supplementary documentation or additional information that is relevant to the assessment of 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 provide a certificate of good standing, you must submit a certificate of non-registration directly from the competent authority to the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

Please note that the Danish Patient Safety Authority cannot assist you in contacting foreign authorities or universities to obtain documentation. For the certificate from your educational institution and the certificate of good standing, please visit our website where we officially request these documents (see links in points 7 and 8).

When submitting your documentation, please send two copies:

Copy 1: Original documentation or certified true copies (black and white).

Copy 2: Ordinary copies of copy 1 (black and white, A4 format, without paper clips, folders, etc.).

Certificate of Non-registration

Certified True Copies

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

Original Documents

We may request that you present your original documents. Translations must always be submitted in their original form. Original documentation will be returned to you by registered post.

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). You can also wait until we have processed your application and assess which documents need to be translated. However, please note that not including translated documents may result in a longer assessment time.

Translations must be done by one of the following:

  1. The university or authority that issued the document.
  2. A translator. The translator's name and stamp must be clearly visible on the translation. If the stamp is not in Danish or English, it must be translated by the translator. The translator should securely attach the translated document to the document in the original language.

Assessment

Once we receive your application and documentation by mail, you will receive a confirmation email (please check your junk email folder as our emails may be delivered there). The assessment process may take up to 6 months from the date the Danish Patient Safety Authority receives all the required documentation to determine if your application is complete or if additional documentation is needed. You will not receive a confirmation for additional documentation sent separately.

We will conduct an individual assessment of your primary qualifications to determine your eligibility for testing. Additional documentation of your study program may be requested.

Once the assessment of your application is complete, we will notify you by email if further documentation is required. If your formal qualifications are approved, the letter you receive will outline the requirements for obtaining Danish authorization as a physiotherapist. Please note that this letter does not serve as your authorization.