General practitioners and medical specialists

Practising as a general practitioner or as a medical specialist requires a licence from the Ministry of Health.

To obtain such a licence, candidates must satisfy the conditions of professional competence, morality, good repute, and physical and mental health required by the profession.

Who is concerned

General practitioners or specialists who wish to practise in Luxembourg must be a national of:

  • an EU Member State; or
  • a Member State of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway), or Switzerland; or
  • a third country and:

Persons who have been temporarily or permanently disqualified from practising in the country in which they last practised their profession are not permitted to practise in Luxembourg either. The same applies if disqualification proceedings are pending.

Prerequisites

Common requirements

The doctor, whether the general practitioner or the specialist, is required to:

  • satisfy the conditions of morality, good repute and physical and mental health required to practise as a doctor;
  • have the necessary linguistic skills required to practise the profession:
    • either in French;
    • or German;
  • understand one of the 3 administrative languages of Luxembourg (German, French and Luxembourgish – Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

The doctor's language proficiency in one of the 3 languages may be tested at the request of the Ministry of Health.

The doctor's disciplinary, civil and criminal liability may be incurred if, owing to insufficient language skills, they make a mistake in the performance of their duties.

General practitioner

In order to work as a general practitioner in Luxembourg, the doctor must have:

  • a conventional doctor's diploma;
  • a diploma attesting specific training in general medical practice.

Medical specialist

In order to work as a medical specialist in Luxembourg, the doctor must have:

  • a conventional doctor's diploma;
  • a diploma attesting to a medical specialisation.

Preliminary steps

Recognition of foreign diplomas is not required if the diploma:

  • was obtained in an EU Member State;
  • conforms to the EU standards;
  • corresponds to one of the diplomas provided for (in Annex V, point 5.1.4 of European Directive 2005/36/EC for general practitioners and Annex V, points 5.1.2 et 5.1.3 of European Directive 2005/36/EC for specialists).

If the diploma was obtained in a third country, or was obtained within the EU but does not conform to the criteria set out above, recognition of the diploma must be sought. Such recognition is possible if:

  • the degree has been recognised in another member state of the EU or of the EEA;
  • this recognition has granted the right to practise the profession in the country concerned.

Applications for recognition must be submitted to the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche).

Costs

Each doctor who wishes to settle in Luxembourg as a general practitioner or as a specialist is required to pay a tax in order to obtain a license to practise.

The amount of the tax is EUR 450.

The tax must be paid by direct deposit or wire transfer to the bank account of the Indirect Tax Authority (Administration de l’enregistrement des domaines), along with a statement of the applicant's identity and the purpose of the payment.

Account holder: Administration de l'Enregistrement et des Domaines
Account number: IBAN LU13 1111 0011 4679 0000 (BIC/Swift: CCPLLULL)
Reference: AUTOPROFSANTE + doctor's name

If the doctor plans to use several professional titles, he must pay EUR 450 per title used.

How to proceed

Application for a licence to practise

To set up a business and practise in Luxembourg, doctors must submit a duly completed and signed application for a licence to practise as a general practitioner or as a specialist to the Ministry of Health, Department for Healthcare Professionals (Service Professions de Santé), attaching the following documents:

  • a copy of a valid identity document or passport and, in the case of a third-country national:
    • a copy of a valid residence permit; or
    • a document proving that they have been granted international protection;
  • an extract from their criminal record issued within 3 months prior to the application (original document – photocopies will not be accepted);
  • a certificate of good mental and physical health issued by a licensed doctor (within 3 months prior to the application);
  • a copy of their Luxembourgish or foreign diploma;
  • if necessary, the official order confirming recognition of their diploma;
  • a certificate of good character issued by the Order of Doctors (within 3 months prior to the application);
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • proof of payment of the EUR 450 tax;
  • if the doctor's mother tongue is not French, German or Luxembourgish, proof of their language skills.

If the documents are not drawn up in German, French or English, an official translation by a sworn translator must be attached.

Once the application has been submitted to the Ministry of Health, the doctor will be sent a letter within 4 weeks of the date of submission, informing them:

  • either that the application is complete;
  • or that the application is incomplete. Any missing documents will be specified in the letter.

When the application is complete, the Ministry of Health will forward it to the Medical Board (Collège médical) for assessment.

The Medical Board can take between 3 weeks and 3 months to issue their assessment.

If the doctor is granted a licence to practise in Luxembourg, they must:

Using the title of 'Doctor'

It is possible to work as a doctor in Luxembourg without having to use the academic title 'Doctor' or 'Dr'.

However, if the doctor plans to use this title, they must register their qualification in the register of certificates.

A copy of the ministerial decree confirming the registration must then be sent to the Ministry of Health, Department for Healthcare Professionals, which will update the data in the professional register.

Renewal of the licence to practise

The licence to practise will cease to be valid if the doctor does not practise their profession within 2 years of its issuance.

The same applies to doctors who have not practised in Luxembourg for more than 2 years.

To obtain a new licence to practise, the doctor must fill in the licence application form, sign it and attach the following documents:

  • an extract from their criminal record issued within 3 months prior to the application (original document only);
  • a certificate of good mental and physical health issued by a doctor (less than 3 months old);
  • a certificate of good character issued by the Order of Doctors (within 3 months prior to the application);
  • an updated curriculum vitae;
  • proof of payment of the EUR 450 tax.

The form must be sent to the Ministry of Health, Department for Healthcare Professionals.

Declaration of provision of temporary service

General practitioners or doctors who wish to practise temporarily in Luxembourg must be legally established in the European Union or the European Economic Area.

If they are coming to Luxembourg for the first time, they must file a declaration with the Ministry of Health beforehand.

The doctor must also be sufficiently proficient in German and French, and be able to understand all 3 of the administrative languages of Luxembourg.

General practitioners or specialists coming to work in Luxembourg are subject to the same rules of conduct and disciplinary conditions as professionals with established businesses in Luxembourg.

Forms / Online services

Autorisation d'exercer - profession de médecin, médecin-dentiste, médecin-vétérinaire

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Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

Déclaration de prestation de services médicaux

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Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

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