General practitioners and medical specialists

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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 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 currently under way.

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 the profession;        
  • have the linguistic abilities which are necessary to carry out their profession in Luxembourg.

If the doctor's mother tongue is not French, German or Luxembourgish, proof of their language skills must be provided.

The minimum level of language skills required with respect to French or German is equivalent to the Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

The level of language proficiency can be proven by any means:

  • a copy of the training certificates obtained in one of these 2 languages; or
  • proof of professional experience in a French or German speaking country; or
  • any other evidence.

If no evidence can be provided or in case of doubt, the language proficiency must be demonstrated by a level B2 proficiency certificate from an approved examination centre. In Luxembourg, the approved examination centre is the National Institute for Languages.

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

The recognition of foreign diplomas is not required if the diploma:

  • was obtained in an EU Member State;
  • conforms to EU standards;
  • corresponds to one of the specified diplomas (see 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, the holder of the diploma must first apply for recognition of the diploma in another Member State of the European Union. The recognition of the diploma must imply that the holder will be authorised to practise in that Member State in the same way as holders of a diploma listed in Annex V of Directive 2005/36/EC and in accordance with the conditions and criteria provided for in Articles 24, 25 and 28 of the amended law of 28 October 2016 on the recognition of professional qualifications.

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 licence 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 Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority (Administration de l’enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA), along with a statement of the applicant's identity and the purpose of the payment.

Account holder: Administration de l’enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA
Account number: IBAN LU13 1111 0011 4679 0000 (Swift code: CCPLLULL)
Communication: AUTOMED + applicant's name

Doctors planning to use several professional titles 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 medical specialised to the Ministry of Health, Department for Healthcare Professions (Division Professions de santé), attaching the following documents:

  • a copy of a valid ID document or passport, and, for third-country nationals:
    • a copy of a valid residence permit; or
    • a document attesting that they have been granted international protection;
  • an extract from their criminal record less than 3 months old (original document only);
  • a certificate of good mental and physical health issued by a licensed doctor (within 3 months prior to the application);
  • a copy of the diplomas (basic medical training + specific training in general medicine or basic medical training + medical specialisation);
  • a certificate of good character issued by the Order of Physicians (dated less than 3 months prior to the application);
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • proof of payment of the EUR 450 tax;
  • if the person'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.

Time frame for a response

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.

Renewal of the licence to practise

The licence to practise will cease to be valid if the general practitioner or specialist does not start practising their profession within 2 years of the licence issuance.

The same applies if they have ceased their professional activity in Luxembourg for more than 2 years and they have left the country.

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 licensed doctor (within 3 months prior to the application);
  • a certificate of good character issued by the Order of Physicians (dated less than 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 Professions.

Obligations

The contact details of healthcare professionals are listed in the register of medical practitioners.

To this end, medical practitioners are required to update their contact details in the register if their situation changes (address of the medical practice, email address, phone number, etc.).

Possibilities of appeal in the event of refusal

If the application is refused, the applicant may appeal the decision. The appeal must be filed with the administrative tribunal within 1 month of being notified of the decision.

Lapse or invalidity of the authorisation to practise

The licence to practise shall lapse if the health professional:

  • does not start practising the profession in Luxembourg within 2 years of the issue of the authorisation;
  • has ceased their activity and left Luxembourg more than 2 years ago.

Using the title of 'Doctor'

It is possible to work as a general practitioner or medical specialist 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 Professions, that will update the data in the professional register.

Sanctions

The medical practitioner'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.

They also run the risk of imprisonment and a fine in the case of:

  • illegal use of the title "Doctor"; or
  • illegal practice of the profession or encouragement to illegally practise the profession.

Declaration of provision of temporary service

General practitioners or medical specialists 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 practices in Luxembourg.

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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 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

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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 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

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

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