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General Information Registration Committee Medical Specialist registration in the Netherlands

 

 

Royal Dutch Medical Society

 

RGS REGISTRATION COMMITTEE Medical Specialists 
P.O. box 20053, 3502 LB UTRECHT, The Netherlands
telephone +31 30 2823800, website http://knmg.artsennet.nl/Over-KNMG/about-knmg.htm

 

Post-graduate medical training and registration as a medical doctor and/or as a medical specialist in The Netherlands.  


GENERAL INFORMATION

After finishing a medical study by graduation from a university there are several possibilities to follow additional training. One of the options is to specialize further in the medical field by becoming a medical specialist. The training for a medical specialist and registration in The Netherlands are coordinated by the Medical Specialist Registration Committee of The Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG). They are guided by rules and legislation concerning this matter of the Central College for Registration of Medical Specialists as well as national (B.I.G.-decree) and international law (decree 93/16 European Union).

LICENCE

Everyone who wants to work as a medical doctor or as a medical specialist in the Netherlands first has to be licensed to practise medicine in the Netherlands. This is also the case if you want to follow a training to become a medical specialist in the Netherlands. This is controlled by the Dutch Ministery of Public Health (VWS) and the organisation that has to be contacted is the B.I.G.-REGISTER

telephone +31 900 8998225 P.O.box 5850 2280 HW Rijswijk, The Netherlands e-mail info@bigregister.nl website http://www.bigregister.nl

Licencing is obligatory for Dutch doctors as well as foreign doctors. For subjects of a country belonging to the European Union this is usually a formality. Due to European legislation, membershipstates have to recognise each other=s diploma=s and certificates. Otherwise a special procedure is followed.CIALTIES

 

Registration or training is only possible for the following officially recognized specialities:
training period

(years)

 

PROCEDURE TO START TRAINING

FOR MEDICAL SPECIALIST
Training as a medical specialist usually takes place in a clinic of a hospital. These clinics as well as the supervisors who work there, have to be officially approved by the RGS (formerly MSRC) 
Lists of approved training facilities are available on the office of the RGS. The RGS does not mediate between candidates and training facilities.

Persons NOT belonging to the European Union:
If you are not a subject of a country belonging to the European Union (EU) or your doctorsdiploma is not obtained in membershipstate of the EU, the decree no. 1-1983 chapter A and C of the Central College for Registration of Medical Specialists applies.

  • the foreign doctor has to send a formal request to the RGS together with information concerning training and education as a doctor and possible additional training, as well as a certified copy of your diploma as a doctor.
  • the foreign doctor has to pass a special test in the Dutch language. These tests are organized by the RGS about 4 times a year;
  • then a place has to be found for the training as a medical specialist by a Dutch approved medical specialist (supervisor) in an RGS-approved training facility for the concerning specialism . As soon as you have found such a facility for the training, you have to inform the RGS about this. You cannot start with the training yet;
  • all the infomation so far obtained, will be presented to the Executive Committee of the RGS. The Executive Committee will evaluate the presented information. The ministery of Public Health will also be informed about the findings of this committee;
  • if the Executive Committee of the RGS decides that everything is correct, you have to be licensed to practise medicine by the Dutch Minister of Public Health. So the start of the training is only possible after approval by the Executive Committee of the RGS and with permission of the Minister of Public Health.
  • If the training is judged positively the request for registration will be evaluated by the Executive Committee of the RGS. If everthing is correct, registration as a medical specialist in The Netherlands can only take place after you have obtained a full licence to practise medicine by the Dutch Minister of Public Health.

Regarding item ì of this letter the following documents have to be presented:

  • a copy of your primary qualification (doctor's diploma). This copy has to be certified by the authority which has issued the diploma. A translation in Dutch of this diploma by a certified translator is required.
  • a full curriculum vitae;
  • if applicable, statement(s) of your trainer(s), in which the duration and contents of the training period(s) must be mentioned;
  • if applicable to the training for which you want to be registered, a full survey of operations and performances;
  • a survey of possible theoretical courses attended by you;
  • a survey of possible scientific lectures held and/or scientific papers written by you;

Persons belonging to the European Community:

If you are a subject of a country belonging to the European Union (EU) and your doctorsdiploma is obtained in member-shipstate of the EU, a language test is not necessary, although the MRSC strongly advices everyone to follow a Dutch language course. In order to function properly as medical doctor or specialist, you have to be able to communicate with patients en the medical staff.  

TRAINING FOLLOWED ABROAD

If you have already followed a period of training outside The Netherlands, this can reduce total trainingperiod in The Netherlands. However, you have to start the complete training in The Netherlands first. After one year of training, a decision will be made concerning this matter. The total trainingperiod in The Netherlands can be reduced with maximum one year (decree no. 1-1989 of the Central College for Registration of Medical Specialists).

PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION

AS A MEDICAL SPECIALIST

Persons NOT belonging to the European Union:
If you are not a subject of a country belonging to the European Union (EU) or your doctorsdiploma or specialistdiploma are not obtained in membershipstate of the EU, the decree no. 2-1982 chapter A and C of the Central College for Registration of Medical Specialists applies.

The following points are important:

  • the foreign medical specialist has to send a formal request to the RGS together with information concerning training and education as a doctor and as a medical specialist.
  • the foreign medical specialist has to pass a special test in the Dutch language. These tests are organized by the MSRC about 4 times a year;
  • all the infomation so far obtained, will be presented to the Executive Committee of the RGS. This committee will evaluate the presented information and decide if a supervisionperiod is possible, depending on equality of specialist training. The ministery of Public Health will also be informed about the findings of this committee;
  • then a place has to be found for supervisionperiod with a Dutch approved medical specialist (supervisor) in an MSRC-approved training facility for the concerning specialism (a list is available). As soon as you have found such a facility for the training, you have to inform the RGS about this. You can not start with the supervisionperiod yet;
  • if the Executive Committee of the RGS decides that a supervisionperiod can be followed, you first have to be licensed to practice medicine (fully or limited) by the Dutch Ministery of Public Health. So the start of the supervisonperiod is only possible after approval by the Executive Committee of the MSRC and with permission of the Minister of Public Health.

Attention: if the period of the training exceeds the period for wich you are licensed, you have to apply timely for a new licence by the Dutch Minister of Public Health;

 

  • If the supervisionperiod (normally one year) is judged positively by the supervisor, the request for registration once again will be evaluated by the Executive Committee of the MSRC. If everthing is correct, registration as a medical specialist in The Netherlands can only take place after you have obtained a full licence to practice medicine in The Netherlands by the Dutch Minister of Public Health. Regarding item Ø the following documents have to be presented:
  • a copy of your primary qualification (doctor's diploma) and of your specialist diploma; both copies have to be certified by the authority which has issued the diploma. A translation in Dutch of these diplomas by a certified translator is required.
  • a full curriculum vitae;
  • statement(s) of your trainer(s), in which the duration and contents of the training period(s) must be mentioned;
  • if applicable to the specialty for which you want to be registered, a full survey of operations and performances;
  • a survey of possible theoretical courses attended by you;
  • a survey of possible scientific lectures held and/or scientific papers written by you; 

Persons belonging to the European Community:

If you are a subject of a country belonging to the European Union (EU) and your doctorsdiploma and specialistdiploma are obtained in membershipstate of the EU, a supervisionperiod and a language test are not necessary, although the RGS strongly advices everyone to follow a Dutch language course. In order to function properly as medical specialist, you have to be able to communicate with patients en the medical staff.

 

LANGUAGE TRAINING

 

The language tests for the RGS are organized by a language school. In this institute you can also follow a training in the Dutch language, prior to the test. The adress is INSTITUUT JEROEN BOSCH talenonderwijscentrum Taalstraat 36 VUGHT, The Netherlands
 
 
vught@instituutjeroenbosch.nl T: +31 (0)73 657 90 53 F: +31 (0)73 657 14 80

Attention! Application for an official language test must be done by the office of the MSRC.

For the most recent update: click Dutch Ministry of Health or KNMG