If you are a pharmacist, doctor, physiotherapist, health psychologist, physician assistant, psychotherapist, dentist, nurse or midwife and you obtained your diploma more than 5 years ago, you must meet additional requirements. These are the same requirements that apply to re-registration.
Last updated on the 24th of december 2021
What is re-registration?
Every five years, all healthcare providers in the BIG register are asked to apply for re-registration. Re-registration helps to ensure that care is provided by care providers who are active in their profession. To do this, they must demonstrate that they have worked a certain number of hours in their profession (work experience criteria), or can obtain a Periodic Registration Certificate (PRC) for the core skills of their profession (training criteria) through a defined training pathway, and thus demonstrate that they meet the required level.
What does this mean for your application?
If you want to register with a Dutch or a recognised foreign diploma that you obtained more than 5 years ago, you must also immediately meet the (work experience) criteria for re-registration. In order to demonstrate that you meet these additional requirements, you must provide certain documents (supporting documents) with your application.
You can find more information about the criteria in the specific criteria for your profession. Advice regarding the supporting documents to be provided, can be found on documentary proof of work experience.
Below you will see the steps of the application procedure if your diploma is more than 5 years old.
For your application to be processed quickly, it is important that you prepare the application properly. We recommend that you start by reading the ‘Prepare your application’ section. Here you will find, among other things, the regularly required documents that you must include with the application. You must also carefully read the extra criteria that apply to your profession.
Supporting documents include an employer's declaration and a job description, for example. On our page ' Documentary proof of work experience', you will find suggestions for the documents you can submit in order to demonstrate your work experience.
Work experience that you gained in the Netherlands, but for which you were not registered in the BIG register, may not be counted towards re-registration. The same applies to work experience outside the Netherlands, which must be acquired in an authorised manner.
What if you do not meet the work experience requirements?
Then you may be able to register by obtaining a Periodic Registration Certificate (PRC) through a special training programme.
Please always contact us to find out if obtaining a PRC is possible for you.
Here, you will find your personal digital dossier as soon as your application and documents have been received and processed. Your application and the submitted documents will be visible here. You will also find (a copy off) all correspondence from us and you can view the status of your application.
In order to be registered in ‘Mijn BIG-register'[in Dutch], you need DigiD (if you have a citizen service number (BSN)) or a BIG login (if you do not yet have a BSN). If you do not yet have a login method, request one first via DigiD, or if you do not yet have a BIG login, you can request one via this website.
Once your application is complete, we will assess it. You will receive a proposed decision on your application within 8 weeks. Once your application has been approved, you will be registered in the BIG register. Your name, profession and BIG number will be published on this website and can be viewed by anyone.
Please ensure that your BIG number is easy to find and visible to your current and prospective healthcare users. This way, they will always know that they are dealing with a qualified healthcare provider.
If your application has been rejected and you disagree with this decision, you can lodge an objection. The correspondence that you receive with the decision will tell you how to do this, while you can also find information on lodging an objection in the ‘Objections and appeals’ section of this website.