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Registration of health care professionals

In Estonia health care professionals have to be registered at the National Register of Health Care Professionals. According to the Health Services Organisation Act (for pharmacists and assistant pharmacists the Medicinal Products Act also applies), health care professionals are doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and dispensers/assistant pharmacists.

The competent authority to register these health care professionals is the Health Board (Terviseamet).

If you wish to be registered then the following information is for you.

 

Please send your application and all other documents via post, you can send digitally signed documents to liina.saar@terviseamet.ee. Audience/reception will be granted only in case of previous agreement with the clerk.

 

Education acquired outside the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland

Education acquired outside the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland

Get an evaluation of your educational credentials by the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre. Send the document you receive to Health Board.
Estonian ENIC/NARIC
Archimedes Foundation
Tõnismägi 11
10119 Tallinn
enic-naric@archimedes.ee
Visiting hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 9.00-12.00 and Tue, Thu 14.00-17.00

Doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives
  • Fill in a Health Care Professional Registration Application; don´t forget to sign it. Send it to Health Board.
  • Send an evaluation of your educational credentials by the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre; if the document has been signed digitally then please forward the original to liina.saar@terviseamet.ee.
  • Send a copy of your self-identification document (like foreign passport for travel, residency-permit);
  • If your name has changed then please provide proof of name change (document requirements below);
  • Send a copy of your diploma and diploma supplement (general medicine, not speciality; document requirements below);
  • If you wish to be registered on any speciality then please send proof of speciality (diploma, certificate etc); it has to show the duration of speciality studies (years; document requirements below);

If the duration of your speciality studies was less than obligatory in Estonia then you cannot be registered on your speciality – please refer to the file “Medical specialities – Estonia” below);

  • If you acquired your education at least five years ago, then get a signed verification letter from your (ex) employer(s) stating the position held by you, the start and end of work relationship or if the work relationship is continual then please have the employer state so (document requirements below); you have to prove that you have obtained three years’ (consecutive) work experience in the corresponding profession or speciality during the last five years.

       If you acquired your education at least five years ago, but you do not have the needed work experience, then you will get a refusal to be registered.

If you acquired your education less than five years ago then you do not have to verify professional work experience to Health Board.

  • Pay the state fee of 195€ prior to issuing your application.
    •  The receiver is Rahandusministeerium (The Ministry of Finance):
    •  Don’t forget to use the reference number: 2900082333
    •  As an explanation please add your name.

SEB Pank EE891010220034796011 (SWIFT: EEUHEE2X)

Swedbank EE932200221023778606 (SWIFT: HABAEE2X)

Luminor Bank EE701700017001577198 (SWIFT: NDEAEE2X)


Please pay attention:

In order to assess the compliance of professional qualifications with the requirements, the person having acquired qualifications in a foreign state shall pass a compliance examination for the assessment. A compliance examination shall be organised by the University of Tartu or health care college and it is comprised of work practice and theory examination. A compliance examination shall be taken in Estonian.

If you wish to be registered as a doctor or as a dentist then please write a characterization of your work experience for the University of Tartu. You will find a short guide below (Töökirjelduse nõuded vastavuseksami sooritajale); please send it to Health Board along with your other documents.

In order to be able to start the work practice you will need an Estonian identification code. For more information please turn to the Police and Border Guard Board.

Pharmacists and assistant pharmacists
  • Fill in a form of Registration and recognition of professional qualifications of pharmacists and registration of assistant pharmacists, don´t forget to sign it. Send it to Health Board.
  • Send an evaluation of your educational credentials by the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre; if the document has been signed digitally then please forward the original to liina.saar@terviseamet.ee.
  • Send a copy of your self-identification document (like foreign passport for travel, residency-permit);
  • If your name has changed then please provide proof of name change (document requirements below);
  • Send a copy of your diploma and diploma supplement (document requirements below);
  • Pharmacist: get a signed verification letter from your (ex) employer(s) stating the position held by you, the start and end of work relationship or if the work relationship is continual then please have the employer state so; you have to prove that you have obtained three years’ (consecutive) work experience in the corresponding profession during the last five years.

    Assistant pharmacist: If you acquired your education less than three years ago, then you do not have to prove work experience.

    If you acquired your education at least three years ago, then get a signed verification letter from your (ex) employer(s) stating the position held by you, the start and end of work relationship or if the work relationship is continual then please have the employer state so (document requirements below); you have to prove that you have obtained three years’ (consecutive) work experience in the corresponding profession during the last five years.
  • Pay the state fee of 195€ prior to issuing your application.
    •  The receiver is Rahandusministeerium (The Ministry of Finance):
    •  Don’t forget to use the reference number: 2900082333
    •  As an explanation please add your name.

SEB Pank EE891010220034796011 (SWIFT: EEUHEE2X)

Swedbank EE932200221023778606 (SWIFT: HABAEE2X)

Luminor Bank EE701700017001577198 (SWIFT: NDEAEE2X)
 

Requirements for the needed documents:

If your documents are originally in English then please have the copies notarized.

If your documents are in any other language then please have them translated into Estonian or into English by a professional translator. The copies made of the originals also have to be notarized (Notary Public has to verify that (s)he made the copies from the originals).

Alternatively you can use the services of a sworn translator who has the right to translate your documents and also verify the copies made from the originals.

The list and contacts of Estonian sworn translators can be found on the Ministry of Justice’s web page
(www.just.ee/et/eesmargid-tegevused/notarid-ja-vandetolgid/vandetolkide-kontaktandmed).

Education acquired in the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland

Education acquired in the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland

  • Get a Certificate of Current Professional Status from the competent authority in your country; If you started your study process before your country joined the EU then please contact Health Board (liina.saar@terviseamet.ee) before getting the certificate – in that case it might be that the competent authority will also have to provide information about your work experience. Dispensers/assistant pharmacists do not have to bring this certificate.
  • Fill in a Health Care Professional Registration Application (DOC) /form of Registration and recognition of professional qualifications of pharmacists and registration of assistant pharmacists (DOC) ;
    don´t forget to sign it. Send it to Health Board.
  • Send a copy of your self-identification document (like passport, residency-permit); If your name has changed then please provide proof of name change.
  • Send a notarized copy of your diploma (general medicine/pharmacy studies, not speciality).
  • If you wish to be registered on any speciality then please send proof of speciality (diploma, certificate etc); it also has to be notarized.
  • Pay the state fee of 195€.
    •  The receiver is Rahandusministeerium (The Ministry of Finance):
    •  Don’t forget to use the reference number: 2900082333
    • As an explanation please add your name.

SEB Pank EE891010220034796011 (SWIFT: EEUHEE2X)
Swedbank EE932200221023778606 (SWIFT: HABAEE2X)
Luminor Bank EE701700017001577198 (SWIFT: NDEAEE2X)

     

     

    Send the documents to:


    Health Board
    Department of Health Care Services
    Paldiski Road 81
    Tallinn, 10617
    Estonia

     

    Liina Saar

     Tel: +372 650 9858 
    liina.saar@terviseamet.ee

    Audience/reception will be granted only in case of previous agreement with the clerk.