Requesting recognition of a foreign diploma for a healthcare profession

A healthcare profession with a foreign diploma

If you wish to exercise a healthcare profession in Belgium, you first have to request recognition or have your diploma declared to be equivalent.

This applies to the following professions:

  • Doctors: General Practitioners and other specialists
  • Hospital Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Nurses: first the basic title and then the professional titles and competencies (specialisations) that they can acquire
  • Patient care assistants
  • Paramedical professions: pharmaceutical-technical assistants, dieticians, occupational therapists, speech therapists, audiologists and hearing care professionals, orthoptists, medical laboratory technologists, medical imaging technicians
  • Midwives

What you have to do depends on whether or not your diploma comes from inside or outside the European Economic Area.

Your diploma Your nationality What do you have to do?
from the European Economic Area (EEA)** EEA* Request recognition from the Agency for Care and Health
non-EEA
outside the European Economic Area (EEA)**, but deemed equivalent in an EEA country EEA*
Outside the European Economic Area (EEA)** EEA*

Request recognition of the equivalence of your diploma from NARIC and your visa from the Federal Public Service Health.

If you are married to an EER citizen, first request recognition of equivalence from NARIC and then your recognition from the Agency for Care and Health.

non-EEA
South Africa Zuid-Afrika

South Africans with a South African basic diploma as a physician can request recognition of it from the Agency for Care and Health.

* Your nationality is from the EEA in the following cases:

  • Anyone who has the nationality of one of the 28 Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.
  • You are also considered as a national with a residence permit for long-term residents for one of these countries or with a residence permit as a family member of a European national,
  • If you are married/legally cohabiting with a European national and settled in Belgium, you also qualify as a European national.

** The European Economic Area is composed of the 28 Member States of the European Union and Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Exercising a healthcare profession abroad with a Belgian diploma

Do you wish to exercise one of these healthcare professions abroad?

  • Doctors: General Practitioners and specialist physicians
  • General Dentists and specialist Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Nurses, including the professional titles and competencies (specialisations) that they can acquire 
  • Patient care assistants
  • Paramedical professions: pharmaceutical-technical assistants, dieticians, occupational therapists, speech therapists, audiologists and hearing care professionals, orthoptists, medical laboratory technologists, medical imaging technicians
  • Midwives

And do you have a Belgian diploma for that healthcare profession?

Contact

Call +32 2 553 1700, the number of the Government of Flanders, any working day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or send an e-mail.