To practise as a specialist or to practise a KNMG profiel in the Netherlands, it is required to register in the BIG register for doctors, as well as in one of the registers of the RGS for specialists and practitioners of a KNMG profiel. If you do not wish to take up residence in the Netherlands and wish to practise on a temporary and occasional basis, you can declare yourself to be a service provider.
You can find more information about the procedure in the Manual for Holders of Foreign Qualifications.
Recognition means that the qualification you obtained abroad (also referred to as a diploma) is recognised as equivalent to that of a specialist or practitioner of a profiel who has been trained in the Netherlands. This does not yet qualify you to practise in the capacity of specialist or to practise a KNMG profiel in the Netherlands. It is also mandatory to be entered in one of the registers of the RGS.
Entry in a register of the RGS has been subject to certain requirements since January 2016. Important requirements are:
a recognised qualification;
evidence of employment;
proof of continued professional development in the case of graduation five years ago or longer;
proof of Dutch language proficiency if this has not already been provided during the BIG registration procedure.
It is possible to apply for both recognition and registration with a single application.
There are two ways to start an application procedure:
If you are not yet registered as a doctor in the BIG register (register of the Individual Health Care Professions Act), you will need to apply with the BIG register first. The BIG register will forward your application for your speciality to the Registratiecommissie Geneeskundig Specialisten (RGS, the Medical Registration Council).
If you are admitted in the BIG register for doctors, you can contact the RGS directly via firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Yes. You can start the procedure three months before obtaining your specialist diploma.
The length of the RGS application procedure depends on your personal situation. A key factor is the speed with which you can provide the documents the RGS requests.