Application for licence to practise as a dental practitioner with basic training

  • Profession: Dental practitioner

The information on this page applies if you are a dental practitioner with basic training who received your training outside Sweden in an EU Member State, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

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Basic conditions

In Sweden, dental practitioners have an exclusive right to practise their profession, and dental practitioner is a protected professional title. This means that only a person who holds a licence to practise is allowed to use the title or exercise the profession.

If you have received your training in another EEA Member State* and want to work as a dental practitioner in Sweden, you need a formal recognition of your professional qualifications. This recognition is based on EC Directive (2005/36/EC).

Dental practitioner with basic training is one of the professions where the licence to practise can be issued according to the Directive’s order for automatic recognition. A condition for this is that you have received your diploma in a Member State and that the diploma is listed under point 5.3.2 of Annex V to the Directive. The annex states the requirements on the diploma regarding name, reference date, issuing authority and in some cases what evidence of formal qualifications must be enclosed.

You apply by following points 1 to 5a below. If you do not have the required diploma you must supplement your application as described under 5b OR 5c below.

The issuing of a licence to practice requires evidence that you are of good character or repute and that your permission to pursue your profession has not been revoked as a result of serious professional misconduct or a criminal offence. You can prove this yourself with a “Certificate of Current Professional Status” or a “Certificate of Good Standing”. Such a certificate must be issued by the competent authority, be sent in its original form, and must not be older than three months. It should also show your name and date of birth.

*EEA Member State refers to a European Union Member State and to Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. What is stated here about EEA countries also applies to Switzerland.

Send the following documents to Socialstyrelsen (The National Board of Health and Welfare):

1. Completed application form

2. Extract from the Swedish population register

  • The extract must not be older than three months.
  • If you are not registered in Sweden for population purposes, enclose a certified copy of a valid passport instead. The passport does not need to be translated.
  • If you have changed your name, enclose a certified copy of a certificate showing the name change.
  • The same certification rules apply as for diplomas, please see below.

3. Certified copy of your diploma

  • The copy of the original must be certified by an organisation, institution or public authority. A copy certified by an individual are not accepted. Nota Bene: There must be an official stamp showing what institution certified.
  • The document has to be translated into Swedish or English by an authorized translator. Documents issued in Denmark or Norway do not need to be translated.

4. Certified copy of the evidence of licence to practise/access to the profession (only applies to applicants from countries that issue such evidence)

  • The evidence must be issued by the competent authority.
  • You also have to enclose a translation of the evidence. The same rules for certification and translation apply as for diplomas.

5a. Certificate stating that your training conforms to the current EC Directive (does not apply to applicants from other Nordic countries)

  • The certificate must contain a confirmation that your diploma and, when applicable, the certificate accompanying it is listed under point 5.3.2 in Annex V to the Directive. This means that it must state that your training fulfils the conditions in Article 34 of Directive 2005/36/EC. This certificate can have different names, for example “Certificate of Conformity”.
  • The certificate should contain your name, date of birth and the date of your diploma and/or of your licence to practise.
  • The certificate must be issued by the competent authority and be sent in its original form.
  • You also have to enclose a translation of the certificate. The same translation rules apply as for diplomas.

If you CANNOT present the certificate mentioned under 5a, you need one of the certificates mentioned below, under 5b OR 5c:

5b. Certificate of equivalent training

  • The certificate must confirm that your training, according to point 6 in Article 23 of Directive 2005/36/EC, is equivalent. This means that it must state that your training fulfils the conditions of Article 34 of the Directive. This certificate can have different names, for example “Certificate of Equivalence”.
  • The certificate should contain your name, date of birth and the date of your diploma.
  • The certificate must be issued by the competent authority and be sent in its original form.
  • You also have to enclose a translation of the certificate. The same translation rules apply as for diplomas.

5c. Certificate of acquired rights

  • The certificate must confirm that your acquired rights fulfil the conditions according to one of points 1, 2, 4 or 5 in Article 23 or point 1 or 2 in Article 37 in Directive 2005/36/EC. This certificate can have different names, for example “Certificate of Acquired Rights”. Read more about what certificate of acquired rights you need.
  • The certificate should contain your name, date of birth and the date of your diploma.
  • The certificate must be issued by the competent authority and be sent in its original form.
  • You also have to enclose a translation of the certificate. The same translation rules apply as for diplomas.

If you do NOT fulfil the conditions of point 5a, 5b or 5c:

  • An assessment based on the so called general system of the Directive may be performed.

Additional information

Applying for a licence to practise is free of charge.

The licence to practise can only be issued after Socialstyrelsen (The National Board of Health and Welfare) has received the complete application.

If you have been granted a licence to practise without being registered in Sweden for population purposes, you should send in an extract from the Swedish population register as soon as you receive a complete personal identity number.

The information on this page is not legally binding.