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Licence to practise medicine

Anyone wishing to practise as a doctor in Germany requires a separate professional licence: a licence to practise medicine or a licence to practise a profession. The license to practice medicine represents the more comprehensive professional admission and is issued by the competent authority.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Niedersächsischer Zweckverband für Approbationserteilung (NiZzA).


  • The license to practice medicine is linked to various prerequisites, which are based on
    • successful completion of studies in Germany or an equivalent qualification abroad,
    • nationality, and
    • obtain personal and health suitability for the exercise of the profession.

Which documents are required?

Documents are required. Please contact the competent authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

What else should I know?

Applying abroad in a health profession:

In order to practise as a doctor abroad , a "Certificate of Good standing" (henceforth: Certificate of Current Professional Status) is usually required. This certificate is issued by the competent authority if you last worked in your profession in Lower Saxony.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)