If you have acquired your professional qualifications abroad, you must obtain recognition of your qualifications from the Norwegian authorities in order to practice the profession in Norway. The competent authority will assess whether you meet the requirements to practice the profession and use the professional title in Norway. You will find information about documentation requirements, the application process and regulations here.
Please submit the application electronically via the service Application for authorisation and license as a healthcare professional. If you do not already have a Norwegian national ID-number, you will need to register a user account for the Altinn services. Please access the registration procedure here.Start service
Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual.
Please submit the application electronically via the service Application for authorisation and license as a healthcare professional.
Criteria/conditions for recognition:
The statutory requirements for being entitled to authorisation are stipulated in the Norwegian Health Personnel Section 48.
Case processing deadlines:
The competent authority must acknowledge receipt of your application within 1 month of receipt and inform you of any missing documents.
The competent authority shall take a justified decision no later than 3 months following the submission of your complete application.
Temporary provision of services:
A professional who is legally established in another EEA state or Switzerland has the same right to practice the same profession temporarily in Norway. Since the profession in question involves a potential risk to public health or safety, the competent authority will check your qualifications and decide if you are allowed to provide the service.
The competent authority shall take a decision within 1 month of receiving your application on whether you are allowed to provide the service or if compensatory measures are necessary.
If the processing time exceeds 1 month, the competent authority will notify you regarding the delay. In such cases, the competent authority will provide a decision on your application within 2 months after the reason for the delay has been resolved.
Everyone who applies for approval must pay a fee of NOK 1,665.
The fee is paid via Altinn when you register your application for authorisation or a licence.
Right of appeal:
You have the right to appeal against the recognition office’s 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 office has exceeded the case processing deadline (see Case processing deadlines above).
The Norwegian Directorate of Health
Postboks 220, Skøyen,
Tlf: (+47) 21 52 97 00