Medical doctors – Qualifications – Recognition

General information

In Austria the medical profession may only be exercised on the condition that the general (e.g. sufficient knowledge of German language) and specific prerequisites for medical activity are fulfilled, furthermore registration with the Austrian Medical Chamber is required.

Further information on the prerequisites for medical practice in Austria can be found in the Information sheet Taking up medical activities in Austria ( ÖÄK) of the Austrian Medical Chamber.

Medical qualifications issued by an EU or EEA member state or Switzerland in accordance with Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC are recognized by the Austrian Medical Chamber.


Medical qualifications issued by an EU or EEA member state or Switzerland

Competent authority

Austrian Medical Chamber [Österreichische Ärztekammer]
Weihburggasse 10–12
1010 Vienna


The application for entry in the list of doctors is made via the state medical associations in the federal states.


The application for the recognition of medical qualifications may be submitted in person, by post or by electronic means.

Application forms including information on the required information may be found on the Website of the Austrian Medical Chamber:

The application can also be submitted online:

Preliminary proceedings: formal examination of qualifications, in the case of non- automatic recognition detailed examination of qualifications, if necessary an aptitude test is imposed

Length of Proceedings: up to three months, up to four months in the case of non-automatic recognition

Legal Remedy: a complaint against a decision may be submitted to the Austrian Medical Chamber within four weeks from the delivery of the decision.

Required documents

  • Proof of postal address
  • Evidence of medical professional qualification issued by an EU or EEA member state or Switzerland and a certificate from the competent authority of the home Member State stating that this evidence of formal qualification is covered by Directive 2005/36/EC
  • Proof of professional experience (certificates of employment etc.) if required
  • An attestation from the competent authority of the state of origin confirming the absence of temporary or final suspensions from exercising the profession or of criminal convictions
  • Medical certificate (issued within the last three months) confirming that the applicant fulfills all health requirements for the profession
  • Police Clearance Certificate issued within the last three months
  • In case the applicant’s name differs from the name shown on the diploma or on the certificate, a wedding or divorce certificate or any other official document proving the change of name must be submitted.
  • Evidence of citizenship, valid passport or personal identification (copy)

All documents and certificates (except evidence of citizenship) must be submitted in German language or English, either as an original or as a copy authenticated by a court or a notary public. Only translations by a certified court translator are accepted.

Non authenticated copies or untranslated documents are not accepted as evidence. After processing, all original documents will be returned immediately.

Costs and fees

The Austrian Medical Chamber must issue a confirmation to persons upon request that their professional qualification is recognized in Austria. A processing fee may be charged for issuing this certificate.

In case of non-automatic recognition administrative fees depending on actual effort from 281,82 Euro and 1.830,41 Euro apply (Fees 2024). 

Further information

This application is for the profession of:

  • Doctor with basic medical training
  • General practitioner
  • Specialised doctor

Legal bases

Last update: 1 January 2024

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