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In the Netherlands, the provision of healthcare services by individual practitioners is regulated by the Wet op de beroepen in de individuele gezondheidszorg (Individual Healthcare Professions Act), generally known by its Dutch acronym, ‘BIG’.
The purpose of the Healthcare Professionals Act is to promote and monitor quality in health care.
The Act also protects patients from careless or incompetent treatment by a healthcare professional. The BIG register is one of the tools for implementing the Healthcare Professionals Act.
Professions listed in the Healthcare Professionals Act
Healthcare professions are classified in two groups , as referred to in sections 3 and 34 of the Healthcare Professionals Act. Only the ‘section 3 professions’ are listed in the BIG register and fall under disciplinary rules.
Overview of professions listed in the Healthcare Professionals Act.
have a legally protected professional title
are listed in the BIG register
are subject to disciplinary rules.
have a legally protected academic title
have no statutory register
are not subject to disciplinary rules.
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