In order to perform the profession and use the professional title in Norway you need to meet certain minimum requirements from laws and regulations. If you have obtained your professional qualification abroad, you must apply for recognition from Norwegian authorities. You will find information about documentation requirements and the application process here.

Please submit the application electronically via the service Application form for specialist approval. If you do not already have a Norwegian national ID-number, you will need to register a user account for the Altinn services. Pease access the registration procedure here.

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Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual.

Please submit the application electronically via the service Application form for specialist approval

  • Copy of ID (e.g. passport).
  • Register for Health Personnel (HPR) number (seven digits) / applicants who do not hold Norwegian authorisation, must apply for authorisation before applying for specialist approval.
  • If relevant, documentation of change of name.
  • Evidence of spesialist qualifications from another country (country of education and any other countries that have approved the speciality) It must be enclosed in the original language with a Norwegian or English translation enclosed.
  • Certificate of Current Professional Status/Certificate of Good Standing from the country where the applicantas worked for the past three month may be enclosed. If not enclosed, this will be obtained in connection with the case processing.


  • All original documents and diplomas not issued in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English must be translated by a state authorised translator.
  • Original translations must be scanned in color and uploaded as a PDF file.
  • Original documents sent by post will not be returned.
  • If your specialist approval has already been converted to and from another EU/EEA country, you must inform about this in the application.
  • If you apply with a personal ID number or D number, you do not have to submit a copy of your ID or HPR number.

Language requirements:


Criteria/conditions for recognition: 

The statutory requirements for being entitled to authorisation are stipulated in the Regulation relating to specialist approval, Section 7a, and the Norwegian Health Personnel Act, Section 48 a. 

Case processing deadlines:

The recognition authority must respond to the applicant within one month of receiving the application for recognition.
The recognition authority must have completed its consideration of the application within three months of the application being complete.


Everyone who applies for specialist approval must pay a fee. The amount differs depending on the type of application.

  • Main speciality : NOK 4,500.
  • Subspeciality : NOK 4,300.

The fee is paid via Altinn when you register your application for specialist approval.

Right of appeal:

You have the right to appeal against the recognition authority‚Äôs decision. The decision can be appealed pursuant to the provisions of the Norwegian Administration Act Chapter VI. 
The right of appeal also applies if the recognition authority has exceeded the case processing deadline (see Case processing deadlines above).

Competent authority

Directorate of Health
Postboks 220, Skøyen,
0213 Oslo

Tlf: (+47) 21 52 97 00

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