Apply for recognition of a specialist qualification

Swedish licence first, then recognition of specialist qualification

Those who want to work as a specialist in Sweden need to have a Swedish licence to practice as a doctor of medicine and recognition of their specialist qualification. This professional title is protected. This means that only those who have proof of a specialist qualification may call themselves a specialist in their specialist area.

You can apply for both a licence and recognition of your specialist qualification at the same time.

How to apply

You apply by paying the fee, completing the application form and sending it to us along with the required documents. You can send your application through the post or by email. Remember to save the form before you start filling it out if you want to send the form by email, and please attach your scanned documents in PDF format.

If you would like to apply for recognition of your specialist qualification at the same time as you apply for your licence to practice as a doctor of medicine, you can send the necessary documentation at the same time as you send your licence application.

You can find the different specialities in Läkarnas specialiseringstjänstgöring – Målbeskrivningar 2015 [Doctors' Specialisation training – Requirements 2015].

Pay the application fee when you send in your application

The fee for applying for recognition of a specialist qualification is SEK 2,300. If you use another currency, make sure that you pay the exact amount in SEK. Keep in mind that exchange rates vary from day to day. Please send your payment to Bankgiro 790-3750 at the same time as you send in your application. If you send your payment from abroad, please send it to IBAN: SE3612000000012810104980, SWIFT: DABASESX.

Write your personal identity number (personnummer) in the message box in the format YYYYMMDDXXXX, without hyphens, dashes or spaces. If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number please enter your date of birth in the format YYYYMMDD, and your name in the format firstnamesurname. Please note that if someone else is making the payment, they need to enter your personal identity number.

Sending in the application

When you send your application, please include

  • A completed application form for recognition of a specialist qualification.
  • A certified copy and translation of your specialist qualification.
  • An account statement or an image that shows that you have paid the application fee.

The application form for recognition of a specialist qualification

Applicants who have recognition of specialist qualification in a Nordic country

Persons who have recognition of specialist qualification in Denmark, Finland, Island or Norway do not need to send in any documents other than those above.

Applicants with specialist qualifications from the EU or EEA

If you received a specialist qualification in the EU or EEA (non-Nordic country), please send certified copies and translations of a certificate which confirms that you meet one of the following articles in EU directive 2005/36/EC:

  • 23
  • 25
  • 27
  • 28.

If you cannot get any certificates from the competent authority, you may instead submit certified copies and translations of

  • Document from your specialist training which describe the courses you completed, their content and duration.

Applicants with specialist qualifications outside of the EU and EEA

Applicants with specialist qualifications outside of the EU and EEA may apply in the same way as those educated within the EU or EEA in some cases. This applies to those who have had their specialist qualification recognised in an EU or EEA country and have worked there as a specialised doctor of medicine for three years.

To demonstrate this, in addition to the above documents, send certified copies and translations of

  • Proof of competence or a certificate of recognition of your specialist qualification.
  • A certificate confirming that you have worked as a specialised doctor of medicine for at least three years in the country, and comply with Article 3.3 of EU directive 2005/36/EC.

If you have received recognition of a specialist qualification in a Nordic country, you do not need to send these extra documents.

If you only wish to apply for recognition of a specialist qualification

Those who already have a Swedish licence to practice as a doctor of medicine and only wish to apply for recognition of a specialist qualification must send the following in addition to the documents above:

  • An extract from the population register (personbevis) which is not older than three months, if you have a Swedish identity number (personnummer), or a certified copy of your valid passport.

Please also send certified copies and translations of your

  • Specialist qualification.
  • Document showing name change if you have changed your name since you completed your education.
  • A certificate which is not older than three months to show that you are not prohibited from pursuing your profession, such as a Certificate of Good Standing or Certificate of Current Professional Status.

If you are educated in a Nordic country, you do not need to send a certificate to show that you are not prohibited from pursuing your profession.

Requesting a certificate from an authority

Contact the competent authority of the EU or EEA country where you were educated or last worked in your profession to request the certificates showing that you

  • Meet the requirements of the EU directive.
  • Have not been prohibited from pursuing your profession.

If you do not know which authority to contact, search the EU Regulated professions database.

How to have your documents certified and translated

All of the documents that you send in with your application should be certified copies. This also applies to documents sent by email. Documents which are written in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or English do not need to be translated. The certification and translation can be performed in any country.

Find more information on how your documents should be certified and translated under Licence application.