Compulsory Registration of Medical Professionals: Physicians, Veterinarians, Dentists, Pharmacists
Under the revised Swiss Medical Professions Act, as of 1 January 2018 anyone exercising a medical profession requiring a university qualification and working in Switzerland must be recorded in the register of medical professions. Medical professionals who start to work before 1 January 2018 but who have not yet registered, have a two-year grace period in which to do so.
All medical professionals who completed their federal examination in Switzerland or who had their foreign diploma approved by the BAG are automatically registered.
A successful registration is not equivalent to an official recognition and approval of a foreign diploma by the BAG!
By default, only diplomas from EU/EFTA states can be approved.
All medical professionals are required to register, regardless of:
- the duration of their work
- the type of work and their function (e.g. doctorate, internship, postdoc) during the work
- the place of residence (within Switzerland or abroad)
- the country where the diploma was received.
Requirements for an Entry into the Register of Medical Professions
- Medical professionals intending to exercise their profession in Switzerland must be proficient in the required language. Language skills must be entered in the Register of Medical Professions (MedReg). Applications for an entry of a Swiss administrative language (German, French, Italian) can be submitted together with the application for approval of a diploma.
- For Applicants without any language skills in a Swiss administrative language (German, French, Italian, Rhaeto-Romanic), the employer needs to certify that language skills e.g. in English are sufficient, e.g. for pure researcher positions.
Access to the register
The registration in the MedReg is subject to a charge and will take several weeks. The registration must be completed before the initiation of work.
Access to the register MedReg
Medical professionals who started their work before Jan 1, 2018, but who have not yet registered
Professionals who were already exercising their profession before 1 January 2018 and have not yet registered must have their registration completed by the end of 2019 at the latest.
Non-registered professionals who will terminate their work before the end of 2019 and will not work in a Swiss medical profession thereafter, therefore don’t necessarily need to register.
Checking for language
Already registered medical professionals are requested to check for any missing entries, especially regarding language skills. These must also be updated by way of an application for registration.