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Health occupation

German: Heilberuf

Individuals in a medical profession take care of the health of people or animals.

Individuals are only permitted to work in their profession with an approbation, authorisation to practise a profession or authorisation to use the designation of occupation. For example:

  • Medical practitioners
  • Dentists
  • Registered general nurse

A summary of all medical professions is available here.


Healthcare occupation

German: Gesundheitsberuf

The term “Healthcare occupations” refers to all professions in which a person is cared for or receives medical assistance. They involve a multitude of professional activities and tasks. These professions are governed differently under the law, and certain prerequisites are in place regarding access to professions and within the recognition procedure. However, in almost all cases a recognition procedure must be completed.

Individuals in a healthcare occupation take care of the health of other people.

Healthcare occupations include academic and non-academic medical professions. For example:

  • Medical practitioner
  • Optician
  • Dental technician


Home member state

German: Herkunftsmitgliedstaat

Home member state is the term for a country of origin in the European Union (EU).

Citizens of the EU are permitted to enter other EU countries and be resident there. There is a law for this. The law is called: EU Directive 2004/38/EC.