New licensing procedure for dentists trained abroad
The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health has introduced a new procedure for licensing dentists trained abroad.
Two options for dentists trained in another EU/EEA country
If a licence applicant has not completed a postgraduate internship and an internship is required to practise dentistry in the EU/EEA country in which they earned their qualification, the applicant can return to the country in which they trained to complete their internship. In addition to completing the internship, the applicant must be in possession of the supporting documents required under the Professional Qualifications Directive before they apply. Provided that the applicant satisfies these criteria, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health can process the licence application pursuant to the system of automatic recognition of professional qualifications.
Dentists trained in another EU/EEA country can also apply for a licence to practise dentistry in Finland without completing an internship. In such cases, the basic principles of EU law dictate that the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health compare the applicant’s qualifications against those required in Finland. To do this, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health needs a formal opinion from a Finnish university, the cost of which will be billed to the applicant. If, in the light of the university’s opinion, the applicant’s qualifications are not up to the standard required in Finland, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health will be forced to reject the application. The applicant must then pursue further training before they can reapply.
At least one year of work experience required of dentists trained outside of the EU/EEA
Under the new licensing procedure, dentists trained outside of the EU/EEA must first pass a series of licensing examinations and then practise dentistry in Finland for a period of at least one year under the authority of a temporary licence issued by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health. Once they have completed at least one year of work experience, they can apply to the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health for a licence to practise dentistry independently. Temporary licences are issued for a maximum period of six months at a time.
Maarit Mikkonen, Head of Unit, tel. +358 (0)29 520 9561
Katri Romanov, Senior Officer, tel. +358 (0)29 520 9556