Medical Doctors - Qualifications - Recognition

Erforderliche Unterlagen

  • Proof of postal address
  • Evidence of medical professional qualification issued by an EU or EEA member state or Switzerland and a certificate from the competent authority of the home Member State stating that this evidence of formal qualification is covered by Directive 2005/36/EC

  • Proof of professional experience (certificates of employment etc.) if required
  • An attestation from the competent authority of the state of origin confirming the absence of temporary or final suspensions from exercising the profession or of criminal convictions
  • Medical certificate (issued within the last three months) confirming that the applicant fulfills all health requirements for the profession
  • Police Clearance Certificate issued within the last three months
  • In case the applicant’s name differs from the name shown on the diploma or on the certificate, a wedding or divorce certificate or any other official document proving the change of name must be submitted.
  • Evidence of citizenship, valid passport or personal identification (copy)

All documents and certificates (except evidence of citizenship) must be submitted in German language or English, either as an original or as a copy authenticated by a court or a notary public. Only translations by a certified court translator are accepted.

Non authenticated copies or untranslated documents are not accepted as evidence. After processing, all original documents will be returned immediately.


No expert information is available.

general information

In Austria, according to section 4 of the Ärztegesetz 1998, the medical profession may only be exercised on the condition that the general (e.g. sufficient knowledge of German language) and specific prerequisites for medical activity are fulfilled, furthermore registration with the Austrian Medical Chamber is required.

Medical qualifications issued by an EU or EEA member state or Switzerland are recognized by the Austrian Medical Chamber.


Administration fee for the confirmation of the recognition (section 28 paragraph 11 of the Ärztegesetz 1998)

In case of non-automatic recognition according to section 5a of the Ärztegesetz 1998, administrative fees depending on actual effort from 226.72 to 1,472.55 Euro apply (Fees 2019). If an aptitude test is imposed, an additional fee of 630 Euro (from 1 January 2019 onwards) applies.


The application may be submitted in person, by post or by electronic means.

Preliminary proceedings: formal examination of qualifications, in the case of non- automatic recognition detailed examination of qualifications, if necessary an aptitude test is imposed

Length of Proceedings: up to three months, up to four months in the case of non-automatic recognition

Legal Remedy: a complaint against a decision may be submitted to the Austrian Medical Chamber within four weeks from the delivery of the decision.


Medical qualifications issued by an EU or EEA member state or Switzerland

Zusätzliche Informationen

This application is for the profession of:

  • General practitioner
  • Specialised doctor

Zuständige Stelle

Austrian Medical Chamber
Weihburggasse 10-12
1010 Vienna


The application for registration with the Austrian Medical Chamber is carried out by way of the medical chambers in the nine Austrian provinces (Länder).

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