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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 register 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).
If you have a foreign diploma and you would like to work as a care provider in the Netherlands, you can have your diploma recognised through BIG register.
You must reregister in the BIG register 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 list. 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.