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New round of discussions

On 17 February, together with the Central Assessment Agency for Healthcare Professions (GfG), the BIBB Recognition Monitoring Project launched this year's exchange event on current issues concerning the recognition of healthcare occupations.

How does a change of country during training impact on the subsequent recognition of the professional qualification in Germany? This was just one of the many questions discussed at the virtual exchange on 17 February by around 50 attendees. As in the previous year, the event organised by the BIBB Recognition Monitoring Project was attended by representatives from the competent authorities, the Central Assessment Agency for Healthcare Professions (GfG) as well as federal ministries and federal state ministries. 

Challenges in the assessment of professional qualifications    

The GfG reported on the work they are currently undertaking at the half-day event. This focused on challenges in the assessment of foreign professional qualifications. Participants discussed the impact of a change of country during training. An example from practice presented by the GfG formed the basis of the discussion. A Syrian doctor completed a theoretical medical degree in Ukraine but did not complete the subsequent practical phase. Instead, he returned to Syria and there he obtained authorisation to practise. This means the Ukrainian professional qualification in Germany would be assessed as not complete. The GfG also presented their criteria for the assessment of practical medical training and discussed this with participants.  

Current figures on the recognition of medical occupations

The official recognition statistics were a further item on the agenda. Nadja Schmitz and Carolin Böse from the BIBB Recognition Monitoring Project presented the up-to-date figures for 2020. According to these, three quarters of all applications for federal occupations related to the recognition of medical professions. The reference occupations of general nurse and medical doctor once again recorded by far the highest numbers of applications.

Representatives of the competent authorities from 13 federal states also reported on current practice regarding the recognition procedure. Besides sharing experiences, discussion also covered potential solutions to existing challenges as well as recommendations of the next steps to take. The BIBB Recognition Monitoring Project will also continue with the exchange format in future.

Information about responsibility for, and providing details on, the recognition procedure for the German reference occupations such as doctor of medicine is provided in the Profi-Filter and the Recognition Finder in this portal.

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Virtual BIBB exchange on healthcare occupations

Healthcare occupations in anabin 

Profi-Filter: Information about German reference occupations