Doctor without specialization

On December 30, 2020, the existing regulations were amended, therefore doctors / dentists from outside the EU may start working in Polish medical facilities under new, additional simplified rules.

Doctor without specialization - a person who has a doctor's or dentist's diploma, confirming the completion of at least 5-year studies, outside the EU. During the declaration of an epidemic threat or epidemic state, may apply for the consent of the Minister of Health to practice the medical profession or dentist, and the Regional Medical Council granted a conditional license to practice as a doctor or dentist.

In brief

The doctor submits documents to the Ministry of Health for permission to practice the profession. Then, with the consent, he applies to the District Medical Chamber for a conditional right to practice. Depending on the province, you should report to the appropriate District Medical Chamber (example of the procedure in the Gdańsk branch). In the meantime, the doctor looks for a job in Cowid facilities (job offers). When he finds a job, he must report it to the Ministry of Health within 7 days. For more information, see the procedure below.

Who Can Benefit

Any person, regardless of citizenship (also Pole), who obtained the qualifications of a doctor or dentist outside the territory of the European Union Member States, including:

1) Holds a doctor's or dentist's diploma confirming completion of at least five-year studies, issued in a country other than a European Union Member State;

2) Has full legal capacity;

3) Her health condition allows her to practice as a doctor or dentist;

4) Has an impeccable ethical attitude.

Where can I practice as a doctor / dentist

In the entity in the medical entity intended to provide health services to patients suffering from COVID-19.

How to settle the matter and what documents to present

1) Submit a hand-signed application (Appendix 2) to the Minister of Health or to the consul of the Republic of Poland (according to the available template, remember to include the correspondence address, e-mail address and telephone number) and all the documents below necessary for its consideration (number the attached documents according to the ordinal number indicated in the application, mark translations of documents with the letter a):

2) doctor's / dentist's diploma confirming completion of at least five-year studies, issued in a country other than an EU Member State. It is not required to legalize diplomas or duplicates and have an apostille of diplomas or their duplicates);

3) a declaration with the following content: "Being aware of criminal liability for submitting a false declaration, I declare that I have full legal capacity" (the declaration should contain your surname and first name, place and date of the declaration and your legible signature);

4) a document issued by a doctor certifying that you have health condition that allows you to practice as a doctor or dentist. This document may be issued by both a Polish doctor and a doctor from your country of origin, but then it must be translated into Polish by a sworn translator (remember, the document may be presented within 3 months from the date of its issuance, which means that the decision is valid for a period of three months from the date of its issue);

5) the following documents proving that you show an impeccable ethical attitude (document 1 or document 2):

a) document 1:

The statement with the following content: "Being aware of the criminal liability for submitting a false statement, I declare that I have not been punished for an intentional crime or an intentional fiscal crime and that there are no criminal proceedings against me in the case of an intentionally committed crime or a fiscal crime, and that there are no circumstances which, in accordance with the Code of Medical Ethics and other legal regulations, within the meaning of the requirement specified in Art. 5 sec. 1 point 5 of the Act of 5 December 1996 on the professions of doctor and dentist, could affect the performance of the profession of a doctor or dentist in the territory of the Republic of Poland ”. The content of the declaration should be writen in Polish: „Świadomy odpowiedzialności karnej za złożenie fałszywego oświadczenia oświadczam, że nie byłem karany za umyślne przestępstwo lub umyślne przestępstwo skarbowe oraz że nie toczy się przeciwko mnie postępowanie karne w sprawie o umyślnie popełnione przestępstwo lub przestępstwo skarbowe, oraz że nie zachodzą okoliczności, które zgodnie z Kodeksem Etyki Lekarskiej oraz innymi przepisami prawa, w rozumieniu wymogu określonego w art. 5 ust. 1 pkt 5 ustawy z dnia 5 grudnia 1996 r. o zawodach lekarza i lekarza dentysty, mogłyby mieć wpływ na wykonywanie zawodu lekarza lub lekarza dentysty na terytorium Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej”. The declaration should also contain your surname and first name, place and date of the declaration as well as your legible signature, or

b) document 2 (if obtainable in the given State of the doctor's origin):

A document confirming your professional clean record and meeting the ethical requirements, issued by an authorized body in the country in which you practice as a doctor or dentist.

Requirements that should be met by documents submitted by you to the Minister of Health

  1. Please note that all your documents originally issued in a language other than Polish must be accompanied by their certified translations into Polish issued by a sworn translator from your country or registered by the Polish Minister of Justice (register of translators). Please remember that the translator should refer to the list of specializations from the REGULATION OF THE MINISTER OF HEALTH of August 31, 2020 on the specializations of doctors and dentists (download the regulation), the list of specializations is on pages 18 to 25.
  2. Submit all documents in original. Instead of the originals, you can submit copies, if their compliance with the original has been certified by a Polish notary or consul or by the party's representative acting as an attorney, legal advisor, patent attorney or tax advisor.

How can you appeal

If you receive a negative decision, you have 14 days to apply for a reconsideration. Send the application to the address of the Ministry of Health.

Course of the proceedings

  1. The minister competent for health, on the basis of the documents attached to the application, may give his consent in the form of an administrative decision or refuse to consent to the profession of a doctor / dentist. The consent is issued in the form of a decision issued with the so-called immediate enforceability, which means that the decision is enforceable immediately (immediately) after its issuance;

If the application does not contain all the required documents, the Ministry of Health will contact you and ask you to complete it.

  1. If you received a positive decision, go to the district medical council competent for the place of your planned employment in order to grant the right to practice;
  2. Upon presentation of the decision, which you received from the Minister of Health, the district medical council will grant you a conditional license to practice the profession and issue a document "license to practice medicine" or "license to practice dentistry”;
  3. The regional medical council shall grant a conditional license to practice and issue the document "The license to practice medicine" or the "License to practice the profession of dentist" within 7 days from the date of receipt of the decision of the Minister of Health;
  4. If the district medical council does not grant you the conditional right to practice the profession within 7 days from the date of receipt of the decision of the Minister of Health, or if it refuses to grant you the conditional right to practice the profession, until the final conclusion of the procedure for granting the right to practice the profession, you can exercise profession on the basis and to the extent specified in the decision of the Minister of Health and during this period you are considered a doctor or dentist with the appropriate license to practice;
  5. Report to the Minister of Health in which treatment entity and for what period you have been employed within 7 days from the date of commencement of providing health services in this entity. Make the notification via the Doctors' Registration System (the so-called SEL). Failure to submit this notification may constitute the basis for withdrawing your consent to practice as a doctor / dentist. The consent is withdrawn by way of an administrative decision issued by the Minister of Health;
  6. On the basis of the conditional license to practice as a doctor / dentist, you will perform health services under the supervision of a guardian who is a doctor with a 2nd degree specialization or the title of specialist;
  7. On the basis of the conditional right to practice your profession, you can practice in the territory of the Republic of Poland in a medical entity intended to provide health services to patients suffering from COVID-19;
  8. If you already have a conditional license to practice as a doctor or a conditional license to practice as a dentist granted by the regional medical council, you can apply to the Minister of Health for consent to practice outside the medical entity intended to provide health services to patients suffering from COVID 19;
  1. The submitted documents for the application will be returned, after the end of the procedure by traditional mail, to the correspondence address provided in the application, only if you submit such a request to the Minister of Health (you can contact the Minister of Health with a request to return the submitted documents at any time ).

Where to submit or submit the application

You can send the application by post to the following address:

Ministerstwo Zdrowia
Departament Rozwoju Kadr Medycznych

Miodowa 15
00-952 Warszawa

or submit it in person to the Ministry's Registry Office, or

to the consul of the Republic of Poland

When to apply

During the declaration of an epidemic threat or epidemic in the territory of the Republic of Poland.

How much will you pay

The service is free.

Remember

  1. Report to the Minister of Health, in which treatment entity and for what period you have been employed, within 7 days from the date of commencement of providing health services in this entity. Make the notification via the Doctors' Registration System (the so-called SEL). Failure to submit the notification may constitute a basis for withdrawing your consent to practice as a doctor / dentist. The consent may be withdrawn by way of an administrative decision.
  2. The right to practice the profession on the above terms may be granted for a period not longer than 5 years, without the possibility of its extension.
  3. On the basis of the conditional right to practice your profession, you can practice in the territory of the Republic of Poland in a medical entity intended to provide health services to patients suffering from COVID-19.
  4. If you already have a conditional license to practice as a doctor or a conditional license to practice as a dentist granted by the district medical council, you can apply to the Minister of Health for consent to practice outside the medical entity intended to provide health services to patients suffering from COVID 19.
  1. On the basis of the license granted to you to practice as a doctor / dentist, you will be able to perform health services under the supervision of a guardian who is a doctor with a 2nd degree specialization or the title of specialist.
  2. Persons who hold a diploma in a country that did not belong to the EU at the time of its issuance, but now belongs, have automatically recognized qualifications and do not need to use the simplified system of access to the profession of medical doctor and dentist.

Good to know

During the period of employment under the above rules, as a person who obtained qualifications outside the EU, you will be able to:

1) proceed with the recognition of your diploma at one of the universities in Poland or

2) take the Medical Verification Examination / Medical-Dental Verification Examination conducted by the Medical Examinations Center in Łódź (Centrum Egzaminów Medycznych w Łodzi),

3) complete a postgraduate internship in Poland or recognize a postgraduate internship from abroad (the decision on the recognition of the internship is issued by the Minister of Health - the application is submitted to the Medical Center for Postgraduate Education, when the internship is conducted outside the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, and to the Minister of Health, when the internship is carried out in a Member State of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland),

4) submit the Final Medical Examination / Medical-Dental Final Examination carried out by the Medical Examinations Canter in Łódź (Centrum Egzaminów Medycznych w Łodzi), which if it is passed with a positive result and after meeting other conditions, including indicated in points 1) or 2) and 3) will allow to obtain the license to practice as a doctor or the license to practice as a dentist.

Obtaining the right to practice a profession without restrictions will allow you to apply for recognition of the specialist title obtained outside the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland as equivalent to the title of specialist in the Republic of Poland (the decision in this matter is issued by the Minister of Health - the application is submitted to the Medical Center Postgraduate education[pl: Centrum Medycznego Kształcenia Podyplomowego]).

Downloads

  1. Application template nr 2
    Załącznik​_nr​_2​_wzór​_wniosku​_-​_pwz​_warunkowe​_bez​_specjalizacji.docx02MB
  2. List of attachments to the application
    Wykaz​_załączników​_do​_wniosku​_-​_warunkowe​_pwz​_-​_bez​_specjalizacji.docx02MB
  3.  Oświadczenie pełnej zdolności do czynności prawnych
  4. Oświadczenie odpowiedzialności karnej/ wykazuje nienaganną postawę etyczną lekarz/ lekarz dentysta
  5. Oświadczenie o braku wymaganych dokumentów
  6. Podanie o zwrot przesłanych dokumentów
  7. Orzeczenie o stanie zdrowia

Legal basis

Announcement of the Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland of February 28, 2020 on the publication of the uniform text of the Act on the professions of doctor and dentist, Journal of Laws No. 2020 item 514

Regulation of the Minister of Health of August 31, 2020 on the specialization of doctors and dentists, Journal of Laws No. 2020 item 1566

Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, signed at The Hague on October 5, 1961. 2005 No.112, item 938

ACT of 27 November 2020 amending certain acts in order to ensure that during the period of announcing an epidemic threat or an epidemic of medical staff (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 2401)

In Polish: Obwieszczenie Marszałka Sejmu Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 28 lutego 2020 r. w sprawie ogłoszenia jednolitego tekstu ustawy o zawodach lekarza i lekarza dentysty Dz.U. 2020 poz. 514

Rozporządzenie Ministra Zdrowia z dnia 31 sierpnia 2020 r. w sprawie specjalizacji lekarzy i lekarzy dentystów Dz.U. 2020 poz. 1566

Konwencja znosząca wymóg legalizacji zagranicznych dokumentów urzędowych, sporządzona w Hadze dnia 5 października 1961 r. Dz.U. 2005 nr 112 poz. 938

USTAWA z dnia 27 listopada 2020 r. o zmianie niektórych ustaw w celu zapewnienia w okresie ogłoszenia stanu zagrożenia epidemicznego lub stanu epidemii kadr medycznych (Dz.U. 2020 poz. 2401 )