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 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.

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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.

Alternatively you can send the application toThe Norwegian Directorate of Health.

  • Diploma/certificate.
  • Transcript/Diploma Supplement.
  • Authorisation from the country of education, alternatively from another EU/EEA country.
  • If relevant, certificate of employment.
  • A detailed overview of the curriculum including the content of your education. The date of issue must be the same as when the applicant completed the education and must conform with the transcript.


  • All documentation must be submitted as scanned colour copies of the original documents. Ensure that all pages are rotated the right way. If a document consists of several pages, the pages must be submitted in one file and in the correct order.
  • All original documents that are not in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English must be translated into one of these languages by a state authorised translator. The translation must be placed in the same attachment as the original document.
  • If you have changed your name since completing your education, please enclose documentation of change of name.
  • Applicants without a Norwegian personal ID number or D number must use the alternative log-on in Altinn. A scanned colour copy of the applicant's passport must accompany the application.
  • If you wish to authorise someone to act on your behalf, you must fill in an authorisation form (see the Norwegian Directorate of Health's website).
  • If you need to submit additional attachments or make changes to your application after submission, you have to send this by mail to Please do not submit another application via Altinn.
  • In some cases, the Norwegian Directorate of Health may request further information and documentation that is not listed here.

Language requirements:


Criteria/conditions for recognition: 

The statutory requirements for being entitled to authorisation are stipulated in the Norwegian Health Personnel Section 48.

Are prior checks required?

As a citizen of the EU/EEA, you have a right to practice your profession temporarily in Norway, without prior recognition. However, this principle does not apply to professions that have implications on public health or safety. If your profession has such implications, the Norwegian authorities may require a prior check of your qualifications. Prior checks involve an individual evaluation of your qualifications, to assess, among other things, if there are substantial differences between your qualifications and the requirements for practicing the profession in Norway. A prior check is consequently a sort of preliminary recognition. You cannot practice your profession in Norway before the competent authority has made a decision.  

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 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 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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