How to register with the Austrian Medical Chamber?

22. July 2019.


If you want to work as a medic in Austria, it is necessary to register with ÖÄK (Österreichische Ärztekammer), which is a competent authority for all doctors in Austria. The entire process requires a certain amount of time, and in order to help you pass through the same, we provide you with detailed instructions and a list of requirements for obtaining a medical license in Austria.

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List of documents that are required for registration with the Austrian Medical Chamber:

In order to be registered with the Austrian Medical Chamber the following general preconditions pursuant to §4 (2) Austrian Medical Act have to be fulfilled:

• EEA or Swiss nationality OR residence permit according to § 5b (1,2) of the Austrian Medical Act OR recognised right of asylum or subsidiary protection status (§5,3)
• Full legal capacity
• Proof of good character and repute
• Fitness to practice (health condition)
• Sufficient knowledge of the German language

All doctors intending to work in Austria have to prove sufficient knowledge of the German language (i.e. having completed the medical training in a German-speaking region or having at least 3 years of experience as German-speaking health care professional etc.). If they do not meet the requirements they have to pass a German language test held by the Austrian Medical Chamber. Doctors who have completed their medical studies in non EEA-countries have to provide either evidence of recognition of medical studies completed abroad by one of the Medical Universities in Austria (Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck), as equivalent with Austrian standards (i.e. Nostrifikationsbescheid on the award of the degree „Doktor der gesamten Heilkunde“) or provide evidence of successful completion of medical studies in Austria before they can apply for recognition of their postgraduate training undergone abroad by the Commission for the Accreditation of foreign training periods of the Austrian Medical Chamber. Upon fulfilling the criteria of the Austrian Medical Training regulations (fullfilment of the objectives of training laid down in the Training regulations), the doctor is admitted to the exam that is obligatory for all doctors in Austria.

Directive 2005/36/EC Applicability:

Automatic recognition: Diplomas corresponding to Directive 2005/36/EC are recognised automatically in Austria on the condition that applicants provide certificates issued by the competent authority stating that the training is in compliance with articles 23 – 30. Procedures based on the General system: Diplomas which do not comply with articles 23 – 30 and are not in accordance with Annexes 5.1.1 – 5.1.3 can be recognised via the general system.

There is no application deadline. Automatic recognition procedures (either based on diplomas or acquired rights) normally last between one and four weeks after receipt of completed documentation.

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