Work temporarily in the Netherlands
Thanks to a European Directive, a healthcare professional who has a European qualification can temporarily and occasionally work (provide services) in a different member state without having to ask for their (professional) qualification to be recognised. The condition is, however, that the work is truly temporary and occasional. If the work is temporary and occasional you will not be registered in the BIG register and you will not receive a registration number.
Applying for the temporary and occasional provision of services
The steps that make up the procedure are shown below.
The provision of services is temporary and occasional if you wish to conduct your profession in the Netherlands (wish to perform services) for a period of:
- less than a fifth of the full-time working hours (a maximum of 8 hours per week), OR;
- less than 3 months per year.
The temporary and occasional nature of the work is assessed at the time of the application. You must demonstrate this with supporting documents.
If you would like to work in your profession in the Netherlands for more or longer than the aforementioned periods, you must have your qualification recognised and apply for BIG registration. You can use the Advice Wizard to check which procedure then applies to you.
It is important that you properly prepare your application to ensure that your application is processed quickly. You should therefore read the information about the documents you need to submit carefully so that you know which ones you have to submit. Make sure you have obtained the necessary documents before you submit the application.
Have you made all the necessary preparations? If so, complete the temporary and occasional services application form, print it out and sign it.
Submit the application form along with the required documents (evidence). You can submit certain documents by e-mail.
In the clarifying notes you can see for which documents this is possible. Documents which you are not allowed to submit digitally, must be sent by post to:
P.O. Box 3173
6401 DR Heerlen
You will be notified if any documents are missing.
Once your application and the required documents have been received, we will assess your application. You will be notified of the (intended) decision about your application within four weeks.
Depending on your choice, you will receive notification that your application has been accepted or rejected by post or e-mail. You can indicate your choice on the application form.
If your application is rejected and you do not agree, you can object to this. You can find more information about how you can object on this website and in the decision.
If you have received permission to work temporarily and occasionally in the Netherlands, from that point in time this means that you:
- are allowed to work in your profession in the Netherlands for 1 year, but for no longer than the maximum term (see also step 1);
- are allowed to use your professional title in the Netherlands;
- are allowed to independently carry out the activities that are specific to your profession;
- are covered by Dutch disciplinary law.
Important! You are obliged to notify us of any changes to your situation and, if necessary, you must provide new documents. Consider, for example, the following situation: you will work more hours whereby the services are no longer seen as temporary and occasional according to the condition, you are no longer registered in the country you came from, or you have been prohibited from exercising your profession.
Work is, in principle, regarded as temporary and occasional for three successive years. This only applies for the first three years. You still have to apply for a renewal each year.
A renewal application involves an assessment of whether you meet the condition in the coming year. Does the work no longer appear to be temporary and occasional? Permission will not be granted again for the temporary and occasional provision of services. In that case, you can submit a regular application for recognition of your diploma and BIG registration.
Not in the BIG register
It is important to know that you will not be registered in the BIG register. This also means that you will not receive a registration number and patients will not be able to look you up in the BIG register. Patients may ask you about this, and you should bear this in mind when communicating with them.
Please note: You may also not work as a supervisor in the context of the recognition of qualifications.