Registered physicians who wish to specialise
If you hold a medical specialist degree from outside the Netherlands and would like to practise as a specialist in the Netherlands, the first step is to apply to be registered as a physician with the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. This procedure is known as 'BIG-registration'. To register, contact:
PO Box 16114
2500 BC The Hague
tel: +31 (0)70 340 62 00
After obtaining BIG-registration, you can send an application to the Registration Committee for Medical Specialists (Registratiecommissie Geneeskundig Specialisten, RGS) to be registered as a medical specialist, either by email (email@example.com) or by letter.
Registration Committees Office
Foreign Qualifications Department
PO Box 20053
3502 LB Utrecht
Provide following information
In your email/letter, please provide the following information:
- your full name
- your nationality and residence rights
- your residential address
- your date of birth
- your town and country of birth
- the specialisation in which you are qualified
- the country where you obtained your specialisation
The Registration Committee will then send you an application form and a payment slip. Your complete application must subsequently be returned within four weeks. A complete application includes:
- The application form, completed in full and signed.
- A certified copy (original stamp) of your specialist certificate. You can have the copy certified by the body that issued your specialist certificate or by a Dutch civil-law notary. The stamp must be no more than three months old.
- An original certificate issued by the competent authority in the country where you obtained your specialisation demonstrating that your registration as a medical specialist is still valid (certificate of good standing). This certificate must be no more than three months old.
- A copy of the overview of your registration details from the BIG-register. This is the document sent to you as an annex by the BIG-register.
- The registration fee.
The Registration Committee may also request additional information or documents such as:
- the official curriculum of your specialist training programme;
- original certificates from your employers;
- a certificate of conformity;
- proof of your nationality/residence rights.
Once your application is complete, the Registration Committee will take a decision within eight weeks.
For further information, please contact the Foreign Qualifications Department at the Registration Committee for Medical Specialists.