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 recognition 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.
Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual. Please submit your application with attachments to The Norwegian Food Safety Authority.
Criteria/conditions for recognition:
If your qualification is from an EEA country or Switzerland, you may have the right to have your application processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act and Regulations on the approval of professional qualifications. In addition, there are national regulations related to the practice of the profession stipulated in Act 75 of 15 June 2001 relating to Veterinarians and Other Animal Health Personnel and Regulations No 77 of 19 January 2009 relating to the right to work as animal health personnel or inseminator under the EEA Agreement.
Case processing deadlines:
The recognition authority must acknowledge receipt of your application within 1 month of receipt and inform you of any missing documents.
The recognition 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 recognition authority will check your qualifications and decide if you are allowed to provide the service.
The recognition 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 recognition authority will notify you regarding the delay. In such cases, the recognition authority will provide a decision on your application within 2 months after the reason for the delay has been resolved.
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority does not charge a fee for processing applications for recognition.
Right of appeal:
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the decision, you may appeal in writing, pursuant to Chapter VI of the Public Administration Act. In your application is processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act, the right of appeal also applies if the recognition authority has exceeded the case processing deadlines (see Case processing deadlines above).
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority
Southern and Western Region,
National Assignments Department,
Felles postmottak, Postboks 383
Tlf: (+47) 22 40 00 00