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.

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Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual. Please submit your application with attachments to The Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

  • Certificate/diploma of passed education and, if relevant, authorisation documentation.
  • Documentation of date of birth and national ID number, and, if applicable, documentation of change of name and citizenship.
  • Documents that are not in English or Norwegian must be translated into English or Norwegian. Translated documents must also be submitted in the original language.

If you took your education abroad more than one year ago, you must also submit

  • Certificate of Current Professional Status from a public competent authority in your home country/the country where you last worked. The certificate must not be older than three months.


Language requirements:


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 in the Regulations relating to the right to work as animal health personnel or inseminator under the EEA Agreement and Regulations No 239 of 6 March 1995 relating to artificial insemination of livestock by persons other than veterinarians.

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).

Competent authority

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority
Southern and Western Region,
National Assignments Department,
Felles postmottak, Postboks 383
NO-2381 Brumunddal

Tlf: (+47) 22 40 00 00

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