Germany

Professional Recognition Process
Responsible Organisations: 

In Germany 23 registration authorities exist. Each registration authority is competent for a specific area/region. Doctors have to contact the authority in which area/region they want to work.

Entity name: 

Due to our federal system the registration authorities have different names.

 

Contact Data: 

Adressen der Approbationsbehörden  (Stand: August 2013)

Baden-Württemberg

Landesprüfungsamt für Medizin und Pharmazie
Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart
Nordbahnhofstr. 135
70191 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49-(0)711-90435000
E-Mail: abteilung9@rps.bwl.de
Internet: http://www.rp.baden-wuerttemberg.de

Bayern

Regierung von Oberbayern
Umwelt, Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz
Approbation und Berufserlaubnisse im Sachgebiet 55.2 
Maximilianstr. 39
80538 München
Tel.: +49-(0)89-21762634
E-Mail: approbation.erlaubnis@reg-ob.bayern.de
Internet: http://www.regierung.oberbayern.bayern.de

Regierung von Unterfranken (zuständig für: Oberfranken, Mittelfranken und Unterfranken) Peterplatz 9
97070 Würzburg
Tel.: +49-(0)931-3801754
E-Mail: approbation@reg-ufr.bayern.de
Internet: http://www.regierung.unterfranken.bayern.de

Achtung: Die Regierung von Unterfranken ist nur für Ärzte mit Abschlüssen aus dem Europäischen Wirtschaftsraum/Schweiz zuständig. Ärzte mit einem Diplom aus einem Staat außerhalb des EWR/Schweiz müssen sich an die Regierung von Oberbayern wenden. 

Berlin

Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales
Landesprüfungsamt
Turmstr. 21
10559 Berlin
Tel.: +49-(0)30-902290
E-Mail: elke.kempin@lageso.berlin.de
Internet: www.lageso.de

Brandenburg

Landesamt für Umwelt, Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz
Abt. Gesundheit 
Referat Akademische Heilberufe und Gesundheitsfachberufe
Wünsdorfer Platz 3
15806 Zossen
Tel.: +49-(0)33702-71123
E-Mail: gabriele.hartfelder@lugv.brandenburg.de
Internet: www.lugv.brandenburg.de/

Bremen

Die Senatorin für Arbeit, Frauen, Gesundheit, Jugend und Soziales
Abteilung Gesundheitswesen
Bahnhofsplatz 29
28195 Bremen
Tel.: +40-(0)421-36118487
E-Mail: office@gesundheit.bremen.de
Internet: www.gesundheit.bremen.de

Hamburg

Behörde für Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz
Landesprüfungsamt für Heilberufe
Billstr. 80
20539 Hamburg
Tel.: +49-(0)40-428373788
E-Mail: verena.pospieszynski@bgv.hamburg.de
Internet: www.hamburg.de

Hessen

Regierungspräsidium Gießen
Hessisches Landesprüfungs- und Untersuchungsamt im Gesundheitswesen
Abteilung II Akademische Heilberufe
Walter-Möller-Platz 1
60439 Frankfurt a. M.
Tel: +49-(0)69-1567712
E-Mail: poststelle@hlpug.hessen.de
Internet: www.hlpug.de

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales 
Abteilung III – Landesprüfungsamt für Heilberufe
Erich-Schlesinger-Str. 35
18059 Rostock
Tel.: +49-(0)381-33159108
E-Mail: beate.gratopp@lagus.mv-regierung.de
Internet: www.lagus.mv-regierung.de
Niedersachsen

Niedersächsischer Zweckverband zur Approbationserteilung
Berliner Allee 20
30175 Hannover
Tel.: +49-(0)511-380-02
E-Mail: uwe.schreiber@nizza.niedersachsen.de
Internet: https://www.aekn.de/arztspezial/niedersaechsischer-zweckverband-zur-appr...

Nordrhein-Westfalen

Bezirksregierung Arnsberg
Dezernat 24
Seibertzstr. 1
59821 Arnsberg
Tel.: +49-(0)2931-822404
E-Mail: rita.prchlik@bezreg-arnsberg.nrw.de
Internet: www.bezreg-arnsberg.nrw.de

Bezirksregierung Detmold
Dezernat 24
Leopoldstr. 15
32756 Detmold
Tel.: +49-(0)5231-712407
E-Mail: post24@brdt.nrw.de
Internet: www.bezreg-detmold.de

Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf
Dezernat 24
Bonneshof 35
40474 Düsseldorf
Tel.: +49-(0)211-4755263
E-Mail: marianne.porten@brd.nrw.de
Internet: www.brd.nrw.de

Bezirksregierung Köln
Dezernat 24
Zeughausstr. 2-10
50667 Köln
Tel.: +49-(0)221-1472539
E-Mail: maria.henke@brk.nrw.de
Internet: www.brk.nrw.de

Bezirksregierung Münster
Dezernat 24
Domplatz 1-3
48143 Münster
Tel.: 0251-4110
E-Mail: susanne.thom@brms.nrw.de
Internet: www.bezreg-muenster.nrw.de
Rheinland-Pfalz

Landesamt für Soziales, Jugend und Versorgung
Referat 53
Baedeker Str. 2-20
56073 Koblenz
Tel.: +49-(0)261-4041324
E-Mail: nick.maria@lsjv.rlp.de
Internet: www.lsjv.rlp.de

Saarland

Landesamt für Soziales
Zentralstelle für Gesundheitsberufe
Landesprüfungsamt
Konrad-Zuse-Straße 11
66115 Saarbrücken
Tel.: +49-(0)681-99784304
E-Mail: lpa-zentralstelle@las.saarland.de
Internet: http://www.saarland.de/gesundheitsberufe.htm

Sachsen

Landesdirektion Sachsen
Dienststelle Chemnitz
Altchemnitzer Str. 41
09120 Chemnitz
Tel.: +49-(0)371-5321225
E-Mail: sybille.grunert@lds.sachsen.de
Internet: www.lds.sachsen.de

Landesdirektion Sachsen
Dienststelle Dresden
Stauffenbergallee 2
01099 Dresden
Tel.: +49-(0)351-8252212
E-Mail: silvia.schoenert@lds.sachsen.de
Internet: www.lds.sachsen.de

Landesdirektion Sachsen
Dienstelle Leipzig
Braustr. 2
04107 Leipzig
Tel.: +49-(0)341-9772213
E-Mail: claudia.knabe@lds.sachsen.de
Internet: www.lds.sachsen.de

Sachsen-Anhalt

Landesverwaltungsamt Sachsen-Anhalt
Landesprüfungsamt für Gesundheitsberufe
Maxim-Gorki-Str. 7
06114 Halle
Tel.: +49-(0)345-5143269
E-Mail: eike.bruchmann@lvwa.sachsen-anhalt.de
Internet: www.sachsen-anhalt.de

Schleswig-Holstein

Ministerium für Soziales, Gesundheit, Familie und Gleichstellung
LAsD 321
Adolf-Westphal-Str. 4
24143 Kiel
Tel.: +49-(0)431-9885572
E-Mail: corinna.heim@lasd.landsh.de
Internet: www.schleswig-holstein.de

Thüringen

Thüringer Landesverwaltungsamt
Referat 550
Weimarplatz 4
99423 Weimar
Tel.: +49-(0)361-37737309
E-Mail: alexander.enders@tlvwa.thueringen.de
Internet: www.thueringen.de

 

 

Requirements and Documents needed
Documents needed: 

The list of documents varies according to the educational background of the doctor. E.g. doctors who are trained within the EU will need to submit other documents than those who are trained outside the EU. Also there might be variations between different registration authorities. Therefore, doctors should contact the relevant registration authority (see attached list). 

Directive 2005/36/EC Applicability: 

The directive 2005/36/EC is applied in Germany.

Other Requirements: 

Doctors who wish to practise medicine in Germany need to have a good command of the German language. The specific requirements in the different 16 German states vary. Some authorities ask solely for a B.2 exam. Other authorities demand the B.2 exam and a test in medical German or an oral presentation. One registration authority solely asks for a specific test in medical German whereas another authority demands a C.1 exam. Therefore, doctors are advised to ask the relevant registration authority for their specific requirements. Furthermore, we recommend that doctors who need to pass the B.2 or C.1 exam use one of the following providers: Goethe-Institute, Telc GmbH or TestDaf-Institute as the acknowledgment of tests from other institutions is uncertain.

Deadlines and Duration
Deadlines: 

There are no general deadlines for the beginning of postgraduate medical training. Individual job advertisements might have a specific application deadline.

Re-certification required: 

There is no re-certification process in general, but specialist physicians are obliged to earn 250 credit points of continuous medical education within each five year period during their professional life.

Re-certification Information: 

Please contact the relevant StInternetlinks der Landesärztekammern (Stand: August 2013)

Baden-Württemberg

Landesärztekammer Baden-Württemberg
http://www.aerztekammer-bw.de/

Bayern

Bayerische Landesärztekammer
http://www.blaek.de/

Berlin

Ärztekammer Berlin
http://www.aekb.de/

Brandenburg

Landesärztekammer Brandenburg
http://www.laekb.de/

Bremen

Ärztekammer Bremen
http://www.aekhb.de/

Hamburg

Ärztekammer Hamburg
http://www.aerztekammer-hamburg.de/

Hessen

Landesärztekammer Hessen
http://www.laekh.de/

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Ärztekammer Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
http://www.aek-mv.de/

Niedersachsen

Ärztekammer Niedersachsen
http://www.aekn.de/

Nordrhein-Westfalen

Ärztekammer Nordrhein
http://www.aekno.de/

Ärztekammer Westfalen-Lippe
http://www.aekwl.de/

Rheinland-Pfalz

Landesärztekammer Rheinland-Pfalz
http://www.laek-rlp.de/

Saarland

Ärztekammer des Saarlandes
http://www.aerztekammer-saarland.de/

Sachsen

Sächsische Landesärztekammer
http://www.slaek.de/

Sachsen-Anhalt

Ärztekammer Sachsen-Anhalt
http://www.aeksa.de/

Schleswig-Holstein

Ärztekammer Schleswig-Holstein
http://www.aeksh.de/

Thüringen

Landesärztekammer Thüringen
http://www.laek-thueringen.de

ate Chamber of Physicians (Ärztekammer).

 

Internship
Internship required?: 
no
Is it required to start with postgraduate medical training?: 

Not applicable.

What is the procedure for a foreign doctor to start with it?: 

We recommend that foreign doctors should complete their basic medical training (including a mandatory internship) in their homecountry before coming to Germany.

Postgraduate Medical Training
Responsible Organisations: 

The State Chambers of Physicians (Ärztekammern) are responsible for the postgraduate medical training, the recognition of postgraduate training done abroad and the recognition of foreign medical specialist diplomas. Each German state (Bundesland) has one State Chamber of Physicians with the exception of North Rhine-Westphalia where there are two.
All doctors need to register with theState Chamber of Physicians in which jurisdiction they work. For each physician only the regulations for postgraduate medical training issued by the State Chamber of Physicians where he/she is a member are legally binding.

Entity name: 

State Chamber of Physicians (Please see list above)

Selection and Deadlines: 
Doctors can respond to job openings or send an application to the hospital of their choice on their own initiative

 

Selection Process Description: 

Not applicable.

Application Deadlines: 

There are no general deadlines. Individual job openings may have a specific deadline.

Funding of PGT (government-funded/funded by tax/included in healthcare insurance, etc.): 

PGT is not specially funded in Germany.

Scientific Associations: 

Scientific research is done by the universities. 
The different medical specialities have their own association.

 

Existent Medical Degrees
Medical Degrees: 

Physician (Arzt/Ärztin)
Specialist physician (Facharzt/Fachärztin)

 

Working Conditions
Salary Gross/Brutto (basic, no oncalls included, in EUR): 

Physicians: € 4,023 (1st year) – € 5,171 (6th year) Specialist physician: € 5310 (1st year) – € 6819 (13th year onwards) There are different collective agreements for different types of hospitals (hospitals run by the state, hospitals run by the local authorities, private hospitals). The salaries and the working times therefore vary slightly. The above figures refer to the collective agreement of the communal hospitals. For more information please see: http://www.marburger-bund.de/sites/default/files/downloads/broschueren/b...

Used taxation scales, and (if known) average taxation percentage applied to salary: 

You can figure out your net income via: http://www.brutto-netto-rechner.info/

Payed overtime info:

According to our collective agreements overtime has to be compensated. Unfortunately, this does not always happen automatically. Members of the Marburger Bund who work overtime and do not get an adequate compensation should contact the Marburger Bund.      

For more information please see: http://www.marburger-bund.de/sites/default/files/downloads/broschueren/b...
 

Type of Contracts: 

Most training positions are fixed-term positions. Specialist positions are either fixed-term or unlimited.

Sick Leave: 
yes
Sick leave info: 

Employees who are sick receive their full salary for up to 6 weeks. Afterwards they might receive sick pay from the health insurance (depending on the insurance contract) for up to 78 weeks and an allowance from their employer for up to a maximum of 39 weeks.

Paid vacation: 
yes
Vacation info: 

26-31 days depending on the collective agreement.

Collective agreement / Marburger Bund (for members)

Maternity leave: 
yes
Maternity leave info: 

In general female employees have 14 weeks of paid maternity leave (6 weeks before giving birth and 8 weeks after giving birth)
For more information please refer to:

http://www.bmfsfj.de/BMFSFJ/Service/themen-lotse,did=3156.html

For a further period of 12 months both parents can apply for parental money.

Parental leave can generally be claimed until the child becomes 3 years.

For detailed information on parental money and parental leave please refer to:
http://www.bmfsfj.de/BMFSFJ/familie,did=194764.html

Social security system like unemployment benefits: 

The social security system in Germany consists of:
Accident insurance, health insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement pension insurance and unemployment insurance.

Further information can be found under:

http://www.deutsche-sozialversicherung.de/en/index.html

Type of healthcare – healthcare for free National health system or Health Insurance: 

In Germany everybody is obliged to be health insured.

There are different rules for different groups of people (e.g. self-employed, civil servants, soldiers, employees).

Employees who earn below the compulsory insurance income threshold (€ 53.550 in 2014) are automatically statutorily health insured.

Employees who earn above the compulsory insurance income threshold can either remain to be statutorily health insured (if they fulfil certain conditions) or opt for a private health insurance.

Please note that once you opt for private health insurance it is very difficult / impossible to change back to the statutory health insurance. 

Other Information
Training Center Acreditation: 

In Germany training centres are not accredited.

Instead senior doctors who wish to train junior doctors need to get a permit from the State Medical Chamber.  

Acceptance of foreign trainees for short term: 

Theoretically possible, depends on the need of the hospital and the wishes of the doctor. 

Mandatory Insurance required (for malpractice): 
yes
Who is responsible for the damage immaterial and material: 

This is a very complex juridical subject.  The Marburger Bund offers its members further advice.

Perspective towards migration of Healthcare Professionals and additional information: 

In Germany we have a lack of doctors especially in smaller cities andrural areas. Foreign doctors with a recognised diploma and adequate German language skills have good chances to find a position in Germany. The Marburger Bund welcomes foreign doctors and advises all members in questions of labour law.  

Due to ethical considerations the Marburger Bund does not support recruitment activities from economically weaker countries with a lack of doctors as these doctors are urgently needed in their own countries.   

We have posted some additional information for foreign doctors on our website:http://www.marburger-bund.de/projekte/auslaendische-aerzte-foreign-physicians/english

Updating of information
Last date this information was checked: 

10.02.2014

Person providing the data and contact (must include e-mail adress): 

Ruth Wichmann
Head of International Office 

Marburger Bund
Bundesverband
Reinhardtstraße 36
10117 Berlin
Germany
Phone: 030-74684630
Fax: 030-74684616
Mail: wichmann@marburger-bund.de
Internet: www.marburger-bund.de

For more information go to:  http://www.bundesaerztekammer.de/page.asp?his=4.3575