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Internal Market: Norway removes turnus-obligation for doctors educated in other EEA States

14.9.2011

PR(11)63

Norway has removed a requirement for doctors who have finalized their medical education in another EEA State to complete the 18-month turnus-period before being given an authorisation to practice independently in Norway. As a consequence, the Authority today closed its case concerning this administrative practice.

The Authority sent a letter of formal notice to Norway in June 2010 criticising the application of the turnus-system to foreign doctors. In March 2011, the Norwegian Government agreed to abolish the requirement for doctors educated in another EEA State to complete the 18-month turnus-period before being given an authorisation to practice independently. The Norwegian authorities have informed the Authority that applications pending in appeal now will be reassessed accordingly.  

The Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications foresees, amongst others, an automatic recognition of diplomas of doctors with basic medical education[1]. This automatic recognition is justified because a minimum harmonisation of such education has been agreed throughout the EEA.  

However, doctors benefitting from automatic recognition still need to have sufficient language knowledge and good repute for practicing in the host state.

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Trygve Mellvang-Berg
Press & Information Officer
Tel (+32) (0)2 286 18 66
Mob: (+32) (0)492 900 187



[1] See Annex V.1.1 of Directive 2005/36




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