Obtaining a medical permit in Switzerland

26. July 2019.


If you want to work as a medic in Switzerland, it is necessary to register with FOHP (Federal Office of Public Healith), which is a competent authority for all doctors in Switzerland. 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 Switzerland.

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Switzerland has often seen itself as a “special case” (Sonderfall), largely because of its multilingualism, its diverse cultural patchwork and its institutions, but also because of its economic success after World War II. Although some of the political and institutional peculiarities still persist, the rapid modernization of everyday life in Switzerland is reflected in changes in the country’s habits and cuisine.
Swiss cuisine has traditionally been marked by important cultural and regional variations. Cheese dishes are typical of the Alpine regions. The national dish, Fondue neuchâteloise (a mixture of melted Emmentaler and Gruyère cheeses and wine into which bread cubes are dipped), and raclette (cheese melted over a fire and scraped over potatoes or bread) are popular not only throughout the country but in much of the world. The Swiss chocolate industry, which originally grew out of the need to utilize the abundant milk produced in the pre-Alpine dairying regions, is world famous. Also popular are spiced, glazed honey cakes known as Leckerli. The preferred dish of German Switzerland is Rösti (fried shredded potatoes).

Switzerland is one of the countries with the highest standard of living. Switzerland is the second in terms of employment, which means that the situation is very favorable in terms of earnings and safety in the workplace. There are many great winter activities in Switzerland. This is definitely one of the reasons why people are so fond of living in Switzerland! Whoever moves to this Alpine country, (inevitably), starts with winter sports activities, though he may not have been a skier and snowboarder in general. All over Switzerland there are many marked snow trails, can you imagine? Thousands of different options with beautiful scenery! It’s never boring. Life in Switzerland offers many new opportunities such as access to many educational programs, getting to know people from all over the world, learning about new cultures, traveling around the world, high-quality infrastructure. Swiss tradition survives in the country’s many holidays and festivals. Fasnacht (Carnival), which marks the beginning of Lent, is celebrated in late winter throughout the country, with Basel’s parades being of particular note. Although costumes and music are common features, Fasnacht exhibits regional variations, and in some places celebrants are adorned with masks said to chase away evil spirits. Masks are also part of Sylvesterkläuse (New Year) celebrations, particularly in rural Switzerland. Typical Swiss folk culture (e.g., yodeling and playing the alphorn) is still practiced in some rural areas.

Doctors who want to work in Switzerland need a permit from the Cantonal Medical Office (KAZA), but in the canton they want to move. For example, if you want to work as a medic in Zürich, you will need a permission from the Health Administration called Berufsausübungsbewilligung. A doctor who holds a valid permit for vocational training from another canton, in this case in Zürich, may apply for a free recognition of this permit from the Cantonal Medical Service, for example to work in canton Bern.

The FOPH evaluates university degrees and advanced training qualifications for university-level medical professions and the psychology professions. We work on the basis of the bilateral accords between Switzerland and the EU and the EU directive on the recognition of professional qualifications. As a reference for comparison we use the provisions of the Medical Professions Act (MedBG/LPMéd) and the Psychology Professions Act (PsyG/LPsy).

If you already have the right to professional medical duties in another canton or state, there is a possibility by “Providing 90 Day Service”.

Application Requirements

– National of EU or European Community/European Economic Area (EEA) member state
– Completion of Specialist Training (C.C.S.T) or equivalent and 2-3 year Consultant (G.P. or Internal Medicine)
– primary medical qualification (PMQ) is from a university of EU or EEA.
– Minimum CEF (Common European Framework) B/2 level language certificate in German language or equivalent (e.g. Goethe Institute, ÖSD certificate.)
– Trustworthy, flexibility and professional mentality
– willingness to continue professional medical and language development

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