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Practice of medicine Permission

A non-medical practitioner is anyone who practices medicine professionally without being appointed as a doctor. The practice of medicine is any professional or commercial activity for the detection, healing or alleviation of diseases, suffering or bodily injury in people, even if it is carried out in the service of others.

If you want to establish yourself as a non-medical practitioner for the practice of medicine, you need a permit. The permission entitles you to use the professional title "Heilpraktiker" or "Heilpraktikerin".  

Process flow

Part of the procedure is an official medical knowledge check. The knowledge check takes place on fixed examination dates. Therefore, please inform yourself in good time at the responsible office about the respective application deadline for registration.

Information on the review according to the Heilpraktikergesetz on the website of the Lower Saxony State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district and the independent city in whose district the profession is to be exercised.


  • Knowledge check by the expert committee at the State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family

Which documents are required?

  • short curriculum vitae
  • the birth certificate or an extract from the family book
  • proof of identity
  • an official certificate of good conduct, which must not be older than one month
  • a statement as to whether the applicant is the subject of a criminal or public prosecutor's investigation
  • a statement as to whether and, if so, at which authority a permit under the Heilpraktikergesetz (HeilPrG) has already been applied for
  • a medical certificate, which must not be older than one month, stating that there are no indications that the applicant is unfit for the exercise of the profession as a non-medical practitioner because of a physical condition or weakness of mental or physical strength or because of an addiction
  • proof that  the applicant has completed at least the Hauptschule

Heilpraktikergesetz (HeilPrG)

What are the fees?

Fees and expenses are incurred in accordance with Annex 1 to § 1 paragraph 1 of the General Schedule of Fees of the State of Lower Saxony (AllGO) in accordance with No. 42.1.

Annex 1 to § 1 paragraph 1 of the General Rules of Fees (AllGO)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

What else should I know?

Detailed information can be found on the websites of the Lower Saxony State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family.

Website of the Lower Saxony State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Applications / Forms

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Gesundheit
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:

Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

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