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Registration in the BIG register

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you want to work as a pharmacist, doctor, physiotherapist, psychotherapist, midwife, dentist, healthcare psychologist or nurse in the Netherlands, you must register in the BIG registerExternal link in addition to having professional qualifications and diplomas. The register is based on the Professionals in Individual Healthcare Act (Wet op de Beroepen in de Individuele Gezondheidszorg, BIG).

BIG registration provides clear evidence of the care provider's competencies. The register is a central, official register of health care professionals, that is kept on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS).

Foreign diploma

If you have a foreign diploma and you would like to work as a care provider in the Netherlands, you can have your diploma recognisedExternal link through BIG register.

Re-registration

You must reregister in the BIG registerExternal link every 5 years. For this, you must meet a work experience or education requirement. The criteria are different for each profession. Reregistration guarantees your expertise.

Limitations of competence list

If the disciplinary body has suspended a care provider or laid him off, they are registered in the Limitations of competence listExternal link. This list sums up care providers who have had measures taken against them or is subject to an order. You will find the list on BIG register's website.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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