If you have a foreign education or professional qualification and wish to practice your profession in Norway, you generally need approval or authorisation. You will find information about documentation requirements, the application process and regulations here. The competent authority will assess whether you meet the requirements to practice the profession and use the professional title in Norway. If you intend to establish in Norway and work permanently in your chosen profession, the rules below apply to you. However, if you wish to work in Norway for shorter periods of time within your chosen profession, the rules for temporary provision of services apply.
Please submit the application electronically via the service Application form for specialist with specialist approval from abroad. If you do not already have a Norwegian national ID-number, please contact the Norwegian Directorate of Health for alternative log in.Start service
Applications can only be submitted electronically by the professional/individual through the Altinn application form for specialist with specialist approval from abroad. You need a Norwegian authorization as a doctor and you need a Norwegian ID or D-number. Please contact the Norwegian Directorate of Health if you do not have a Norwegian ID. You can find the contact information for the competent authority on the bottom of this page.
If you wish to establish or work for an extended period in Norway within your profession, you must apply for approval/authorization from the responsible competent authority before practicing this profession in Norway.
Temporary/occasional provision of service:
You can work temporarily in this profession if you are already legally established in an EEA country or Switzerland and are allowed to practice the same profession in that country. To work temporarily in this profession in Norway, you must submit a prior notification to the competent authority
Documentation requirements for application upon establishment:
Documentation requirements for temporary provision of services:
You must provide evidence of:
Criteria/conditions for recognition:
The statutory requirements for being entitled to authorisation are stipulated in the Norwegian Health Personnel Act, Section 48 a.
Case processing deadlines:
The competent authority must acknowledge receipt of your application within 1 month of receipt and inform you of any missing documents.
The competent authority shall take a justified decision no later than 3 months following the submission of your complete application. The competent authority must acknowledge receipt of your application within one month of receiving it and inform you of any missing or incomplete documentation.
Following the submission of a complete application, the competent authority should complete processing your application within three months.
You can practice your profession any time after you have notified the competent authority and provided the necessary documents.
Everyone who applies for specialist approval must pay a fee. The amount differs depending on the type of application.
Specialist registration EU/EEA (doctor) : NOK 5000.
The fee is paid via Altinn when you register your application for specialist approval.
Right of appeal:
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the decision, you may appeal in writing, pursuant to Chapter VI of the Public Administration Act. If your application is processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act, the right of appeal also applies if the competent authority has exceeded the case processing deadlines (see Case processing deadlines above).
The Norwegian Directorate of Health
P. O. Box 220, Skøyen,
Phone: (+47) 21 52 97 00