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Working abroad – Physiotherapists – Netherlands

Updated : 10/03/2014

Professional qualifications

Only if you want to work abroad, not for study purposes.

If you obtained your professional qualifications outside the EU, you must check with the relevant authority whether you can apply to have them recognised.

Documents you must provide [permanent stay]

If you wish to work as a physiotherapist in the Netherlands on a permanent basis, you will have to submit the following documents:

  • completed application form (in Dutch) msw8 - 249 KB [249 KB] Nederlands (nl)
  • proof of name, date of birth and nationality, e.g. copies of the relevant passport pages
  • curriculum vitae, chronologically listing education and work experience
  • certified copy or original of your qualification or certificate, and the relevant annexes
  • detailed transcript of your study program from the educational institution, indicating the total length of programme and total number of hours for theory and practice
  • certificate of current professional status or letter of good standing from the relevant health authorities in your most recent country of work and residence
    This document must be less than 3 months old and confirm that you are legally entitled to work as a physiotherapist and have not been suspended, disqualified or prohibited from practising
  • if physiotherapy is NOT a regulated profession in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years in the last 10
    Submit working contracts or attestations from employers stating that you've been working as a physiotherapist and for how long
  • any additional documents or information that might help the Dutch authority assess your qualifications.

If the documents you submit are copies, they must be certified – by the relevant authorities in your home country or a Dutch public notary.

All documents must be in Dutch, English, French or German.

You can submit documents in other languages, but each must be accompanied by a certified translation, provided by an officially recognised translator in any EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

You may be able to find an officially recognised translator by contacting the relevant national translation body.

Responsible authority [permanent stay]

CIBG
Authority for healthcare professionals
Postbus 16114
2500 BC Den Haag

Tel +31 70-340 6600.

Netherlands authority for healthcare professionals Nederlands

When can you expect an answer? [permanent stay]

Once you have sent your documents, the authorities have:

  • 1 month to acknowledge receipt of your application and request any documents they need
  • 4 months to take a decision, after receiving all necessary documents.

Cost [permanent stay]

€80 registration fee – to be paid when you are notified that your qualifications have been recognised.

The authority will tell you the payment details during the recognition procedure.

Documents you must provide [temporary stay]

If you wish to work as a physiotherapist in the Netherlands on a temporary basis, you will have to submit the following documents:

  • written declaration, dated and signed, informing the responsible Dutch authority that you intend to practice in the Netherlands on a temporary and occasional basis. It must clearly state your occupation
    The Dutch authorities will check your professional qualifications before you can start practising. The declaration is valid for 1 year
  • proof of name, date of birth and nationality, e.g. copies of the relevant passport pages
  • curriculum vitae, chronologically listing education and work experience
  • certified copy or original of your qualification or certificate, and the relevant annexes
  • detailed transcript of your study program from the educational institution, indicating the total length of programme and total number of hours for theory and practice
  • certificate of current professional status/letter of good standing from the relevant health authorities in your most recent country of work and residence (less than 3 months old). The certificate must confirm that you are legally entitled to work as a physiotherapist and have not been suspended, disqualified or prohibited from practicing
  • if physiotherapy is NOT a regulated profession in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years out of the last 10
    Submit working contracts or attestations from employers stating that you've been working as a physiotherapist and for how long
  • any additional documents or information that might help the Dutch authority assess your qualifications.

If the documents you submit are copies, they must be certified – by the relevant authorities in your home country or a Dutch public notary.

All documents must be in Dutch, English, French or German.

You can submit documents in other languages, but each must be accompanied by a certified translation, provided by an officially recognised translator in any EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

You may be able to find an officially recognised translator by contacting the relevant national translation body.

Responsible authority [temporary stay]

CIBG
Authority for healthcare professionals
Postbus 16114
2500 BC Den Haag

Tel +31 70-340 6600.

Netherlands authority for healthcare professionals Nederlands

When can you expect an answer? [temporary stay]

Once you have sent your documents, the authorities have:

  • 1 month to acknowledge receipt of your application and request any documents they need
  • 2 months to take a decision, after receiving of necessary documents.

Cost [temporary stay]

€80 registration fee – to be paid when you are notified that your qualifications have been recognised.

The authority will tell you the payment details during the recognition procedure.

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