What is the BIG register?

The BIG register lists the following healthcare professionals who want to work in the Dutch healthcare sector: pharmacists, doctors, physiotherapists, health psychologists, psychotherapists, dentists, midwives and nurses can all be registered.

The BIG register recognises the qualifications of foreign healthcare professionals who want to work in the Dutch healthcare sector. Some can enrol directly. Others must obtain official recognition of their professional qualifications or a certificate of competence.

Being listed in the BIG register means that:

  • You may use the legally protected title(s) belonging to your profession.

  • You may practise your profession independently.

  • Doctors, dentists and midwives may carry out certain reserved procedures independently.

  • You are subject to the disciplinary rules of the relevant professional association.

  • You can begin specialist training in your professional field.

The BIG register makes it clear what professions are practised by its registrants. BIG registration means a healthcare professional may practise the profession for which he or she is registered independently.

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