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The exercise of the medical profession is the practice of medicine under the professional title 'doctor' or 'doctor'. According to § 2 of the Federal Medical Code (BÄO), anyone who wants to practice medicine within the scope of this law requires a license...

The exercise of the medical profession is the practice of medicine under the professional title 'doctor' or 'doctor'.
According to § 2 of the Federal Medical Code (BÄO), anyone who wants to practice medicine within the scope of this law requires a license to practice medicine.

A temporary exercise of the medical profession or one that is limited to certain activities within the scope of this law is also permitted on the basis of a permit in accordance with § 10 BÄO.

Important notes

Prerequisites

Education within the EU
As a rule, automatic recognition is possible for applicants who have completed the training within the EU, provided that proof of the right to unrestricted practice of the medical profession in the home country, issued by the competent authorities there (e.g. diploma) in accordance with Annex V No. 5.1.1 of Directive 2005/36/EC evidence of basic medical training is submitted.

Education outside the EU
It is checked whether equivalence between the submitted foreign training and the local training can be recognized. This requires the submission of the documents listed below. If necessary, these must be submitted as a certified copy and translated. The content of the training presented is then compared with the training in Hamburg. If this results in significant differences or deficits, a knowledge test must be carried out by the Medical Association, otherwise the equivalence will be recognized.

For the verification of equivalence and the processing of an application for the granting of a license to practice medicine, see 'Documents' (original or certified copy and translated if necessary)

Documents required

1. Application with declaration of pending criminal and investigative proceedings
2. Short, complete CV with date and signature (including a list of professional career)
3. Birth certificate,
For married people, the marriage certificate or an extract from the family register
4. Proof of identity
e.g. identity card, passport, travel document
5. Official certificate of good conduct of type 0(only upon request, must not be older than three months at the time of granting of approval)
6. Medical certificate(only upon request, must not be older than three months at the time of granting of approval)
7. Proof of training(s)
Proof of the right to practice medicine without restrictions in the home country, issued by the competent authorities there (e.g. diploma).
8. Overview of subjects and hours(per semester)
which shows the subjects and hours actually taught, as well as the hours of practical training completed (e.g. boarding school, internship, ordinature) and the contents of the state final examination. (Only required for training outside the EU.)
9. Professional qualification certificates(if applicable)
other countries (worldwide). (only required for training outside the EU)
10. Professional licenses granted to date(if applicable).
in the Federal Republic of Germany, if applicable, proof of successfully passing the aptitude/knowledge test. (Only required for training outside the EU.)
11. Certificate of Current Professional Status / Certificate of Good Standing from the competent authority(ies) of the country(ies) in which the medical practitioner was last practised.
12. Proof of knowledge of German(according to the Common European Framework of Reference of the Council of Europe CEFR)

  • Proof of German language skills (passed exam at level B2 or proof of dispensability (native speaker, training in German, 10 years of German schooling)
  • Specialist language test: Proof of passing the specialist language test at level GER – C1 (at the latest before the license is granted) or proof of dispensability (see above)

13. Proof of employment / letter of intent
14. Proof of previous professional activity
(only required for training outside the EU)
15. Proof of further professional training(only required for training outside the EU)

Please note

Foreign certificates must be submitted with certified translations by state-sworn translators. For training that was completed outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland, official documents must be confirmed by an apostille or legalization. Information on this at: http://www.konsularinfo.diplo.de"

Deadlines

§ 2 para. 2 sentence 8 BÄO: Four months to determine significant differences and order the knowledge test from the completeness of the documents

Procedure & Fees

Procedure

If the profession is to be practiced in Hamburg, the State Examination Office for Health Professions of the Hamburg Social Welfare Authority is responsible for issuing licences, professional permits and profession-specific advice regarding the recognition of professional qualifications. The process begins with the application.

Processing time

The duration of the procedure depends on the individual case. As a rule, applicants with training in so-called third countries must request information from the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) in Bonn.

Fees

There are fees for issuing the license of at least 130 euros (training within the EU) or 360 euros (training outside the EU). In addition, there may be costs for, for example, printouts, the determination of equivalence, the granting of a professional license, technical language test, expert opinion and/or knowledge test.

Legal notes

Legal remedies

Objection / Complaint

Legal basis

License to practice medicine for doctors

Federal Doctors' Ordinance

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