OKFŐ - Recognition of a non EEA qualification

Recognition of a non EEA qualification

The recognition of those qualifications which were not earned by a national of a Member State and was not issued in one of the Member States – where the stipulation of the professional and examination standards and rules are fall within the competence of the Minister responsible for healthcare – shall be recognised by the Center.

The abovementioned qualifications are the following:

  • certain qualifications in specialised medicine
  • certain qualifications in specialised dentistry
  • certain qualifications in specialised pharmacy
  • secondary qualifications in the field of healthcare

The recognition can be subject to the completion of an adaptation period or an aptitude test in case of tertiary qualifications (e.g. qualification in specialised medicine earned in Ukraine) or the completion of an aptitude test in case of applicant with secondary qualification.
According to the abovementioned facts, the recognition of graduate diplomas earned not in one of the Member States (e.g. a diploma in medicine earned in Mongolia) shall fall within the competence of the Educational Authority- Hungarian Equivalence and Information Centre.
In case of qualification earned by a national of a Member State in a third country which has been recognised in a Member State, the Center shall conduct the recognition procedure under the provisions of the general system.

You need to attach the following documents to the application:

Application form filled out by the Applicant

Certified copies of documents certifying the citizenship, identity and address (and of the residence permit issued for family reunification or for occupational activity)
Certified copy and Certified Hungarian translation of the original diploma (or exceptionally the certified copy of a document identical to the original one
Certified copy and certified Hungarian translation of a detailed curriculum, attesting the length of the training and the successful completion of the required training requirements (e.g. studied subjects, hours or credits, thesis, final exam, etc.)
If the applicant has any prior professional experience, he could enclose the documents confirming this period
Receipt of bank transfer or the postal cheque about the payment of the fee of the procedure

The applicant does not have to attest a Hungarian address if the purpose of the recognition is to obtain further education. In this case the applicant must make a separate statement.

Conditions of recognition

The recognition is subject to the completion of certain conditions if needed, such as undertaking adaptation period or passing an aptitude test considering the training completed by the applicant and the acquired professional experience. The applicant must make a statement about the chosen option.

Adaptation period is the pursuance of a regulated profession in Hungary, under the supervision of qualified experts of the given profession. The applicant shall undertake the adaptation period in a healthcare institution (hereinafter referred to as ’training institution’) entitled to conduct practical training.  The list of training institutions can be found at this link.

After the receipt of the decision about the adaptation period, the training institution must inform the Center about the location and starting date of the adaptation period.

In case of choosing an aptitude test by the applicant, the Center shall designate the institution responsible for arranging the exam. The examining institution shall notify the applicant about the date, location and examination subjects at least 30 days prior to the exam. The exam comprises one theoretical and one practical part, the detailed rules regarding the exam can be found in the examination regulation issued by the training institution and in the relevant legislation.
The time elapsed until the successful completion of the chosen condition does not count into the administrative deadline.