How do I go about setting up practice in another European country?

The basic prerequisite for setting up practice in another European country is that a physician’s specialist qualification conforms with the minimum requirements of Directive 2005/36/EC [PDF].

In order to find out how to go about setting up practice in another EU country you should contact the national competent authority.

The majority of European healthcare systems include extensive state provisions which are accessible to the whole population. Specialist physicians who work for the state health services can often, under certain conditions, divide their time between private and public practise, either at a hospital or private practice. It is therefore advisable to acquaint yourself with the special characteristics of the individual healthcare systems in advance.

Further useful information in this respect may be found on the website of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies of the World Health Organisation (WHO). This arose from cooperation between the regional office of the WHO in Copenhagen and the governments of Belgium, Finland, Norway, Slovenia, Spain und Sweden, as well as various national organisations.

Contact information:
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
WHO European Centre for Health Policy
Rue de l"Autonomie, 4
B - 1070 Brussels, Belgium
E-mail:  info@obs.euro.who.int
Tel: +32 2 525 09 35
Fax: +32 2 525 09 36