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Inclusion in the BIG-register is subject to certain conditions, depending on the country in which you gained your degree, diploma or other qualifications.
Your diploma must be valid
You may practise your profession without restrictions limitations
Your registration fees must have been paid
You must not have been placed under guardianship as a result of mental illness.
The country in which you qualified
The profession for which you are applying.
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As a health care professional working in the Netherlands, you are required to have sufficient command of the Dutch language. From the perspective of the Dutch government and for reasons of quality of care, communication in Dutch between health care professionals and patients or clients is considered very important.
As of 1 January 2017, proof of language proficiency is therefore mandatory for BIG registration. The type of proof and the procedure depends on the country where you obtained your diploma.
Required proof of language proficiency:
Read more on the proof of language proficiency requirement for health care providers with a European diploma.
If you have a non-European diploma, the BIG register requires you to sit a language exam within the framework of the recognition procedure. You can apply for BIG registration on obtaining recognition of your diploma. The diploma recognition will serve as proof of language proficiency. Read more on the procedure for diploma recognition.