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Nurse or midwife - recognition of formal qualifications

If you are a nurse or a midwife and would like to obtain an automatic recognition of your formal qualifications in Poland, below you will find information on how to do that.

How to proceed

This procedure can be completed:

  • by post
  • electronically
  • w siedzibie izby

Complete the procedure online

Use the tools available at biznes.gov.pl to create an application for recognition of qualifications under the general system.

What you should know and who can use this service

A nurse/midwife – a citizen of the EU, applying for the automatic recognition of formal qualifications acquired in the EU in the field of the profession of nurse or midwife, certification of the right to practise the profession and for an entry in the register of the regional council of nurses and midwives, submits an application to the regional council of nurses and midwives competent for the place where she/he intends to practise the profession. Also, it is necessary to submit appropriate documents (attachments) to certify that such person meets the requirements indicated in the Act of 15 July 2011 on the professions of nurse and midwife.

The automatic recognition of formal qualifications acquired in the EU, certification of the right to practise the profession and an entry in the register of the regional council of nurses and midwives is made by the regional council of nurses and midwives competent for the place where the profession is to be practised, upon determining that the citizen of the European Union Member State submitting the application and the relevant attachments meets the following requirements:

Nurse

  • holds one of the titles (of a nurse) listed in Annex 1 to the Act on the professions of nurse and midwife;
  • holds a diploma, certificate or other document confirming formal qualifications to practise the profession of a nurse responsible for general care, issued by relevant authorities or an organisation of the European Union Member State;
  • provides a certificate issued by an appropriate authority or organisation of the European Union Member State, that the diploma, certificate or other document referred to in point 2 is consistent with the requirements arising from the European Union legislation (see Article 29(1)(1-3) of the Act on the professions of nurse and midwife);
  • provides a document confirming formal qualifications of a nurse (diploma, certificate or other document) equivalent to a diploma, certificate or other document authorising to practise the profession of nurse in the Republic of Poland, issued by relevant authorities or an organisation of the European Union Member State, evidencing the beginning of training prior to a particular date, with relevant certificates (see Article 30 of the Act on the professions of nurse and midwife);  
  • has full legal capacity;
  • her/his state of health, confirmed by a judgement issued by relevant authorities or an organisation of the European Union Member State, allows them to practise the profession of nurse;
  • provides a certificate issued by an appropriate authority or organisation of the European Union Member State, that she/he has not been deprived of the licence to practise the profession or that this right has not been suspended and that there are no current proceedings against her/him related to the deprivation or suspension of the licence to practise the profession;
  • submits a statement, that she/he has the written and verbal command of the Polish language sufficient to practise the profession of nurse;
  • demonstrates impeccable ethical conduct,

Midwife

  • holds one of the titles (of a midwife) listed in Annex 2 to the Act;
  • holds a diploma, certificate or other document confirming formal qualifications to practise the profession of midwife, issued by relevant authorities or an organisation of the European Union Member State, if the training in the field of midwifery meets one of the following conditions:
    • has been carried out full-time and lasted at least 3 years, and the beginning of the training was dependent on possession of a diploma, certificate or other document entitling to undertake higher education studies, and in the absence of such a document, the beginning of the training was dependent upon a document confirming an equivalent level of knowledge or it was followed by professional practice confirmed with a certificate stating that the midwife, upon obtaining the qualifications to practise the activities of a midwife, has worked as a midwife in a hospital or a health facility approved for this purpose for a period of at least 2 years,
    • has been carried out full-time and lasted at least 2 years or 3600 hours and was intended for persons holding a diploma, certificate or other document confirming formal qualifications to practise the profession of a nurse responsible for general care,
    • has been carried out full-time and lasted at least 18 months or 3000 hours, and was intended for persons holding a diploma, certificate or other document confirming formal qualifications to practise the profession of a nurse responsible for general care, which was followed by professional practice confirmed with a certificate stating that the midwife, upon obtaining the qualifications to practise the activities of a midwife, has worked as a midwife in a hospital or a health facility approved for this purpose for a period of at least 1 year;
  • provides a certificate issued by an appropriate authority or organisation of the European Union Member State, confirming that the diploma, certificate or other document indicated in point 2 is consistent with the requirements arising from the European Union legislation (see Article 32(1)(1-3) of the Act on the professions of nurse and midwife);        
  • provides a document confirming formal qualifications of a midwife (diploma, certificate or other document) equivalent with the list of documents indicated on the basis of Article 34(2) of the Act (refer to the list: Notice of the Minister of Health from 28 June 2013 on the list of diplomas, certificates and other documents confirming formal qualifications to practise the profession of nurse, midwife by citizens of the Member States of the European Union, Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation) issued by appropriate authorities or organisations of the European Union Member State, evidencing the beginning of training prior to a particular date, with relevant certificates (see Article 33 of the Act on the professions of nurse and midwife);      
  • has full legal capacity;
  • her/his state of health allows them to practise the profession and has been confirmed by a judgement issued by relevant authorities or an organisation of the European Union Member State;
  • provides a certificate issued by an appropriate authority or organisation of the European Union Member State, that she/he has not been deprived of the licence to practise the profession or that this licence has not been suspended and that there are no current proceedings against her/him related to the deprivation or suspension of the licence to practise the profession;
  • submits a statement that she/he has the written and verbal command of the Polish language sufficient to practise the profession of midwife;
  • demonstrates impeccable ethical conduct.

When you should complete this procedure

At any time

Where you can complete this procedure

You can complete this procedure at:

  • District Chamber of Nurses and Midwives
To find out where to complete service enter place of professional activity.

What to do step by step

  1. Submitting an application for the automatic recognition of formal qualifications acquired in the EU, certification of the right licence to practice practise the profession and an entry in the register of members of the regional chamber of nurses and midwives

The application with the attachments should be submitted to the regional council of nurses and midwives, competent for the place where the profession is to be practised.

Where an applicant for recognition of qualifications does not have a place of residence or a registered office in the Republic of Poland or another Member State of the European Union, and if he/she has not appointed an authorised representative residing in Poland and does not operate through the consul of the Republic of Poland, he/she must appoint a representative in Poland for the service of documents. Appointment of a representative is not required when the service letters are delivered by means of electronic communication.

Documents

  1. Confirmation of receipt and verification of the application

The regional council of nurses and midwives (in Polish: okręgowa rada pielęgniarek i położnych, ORPiP), within 1 month from the date of receiving the application confirms receipt of the application and  attachments and notifies the applicant on any deficiencies.

If the application and attachments do not meet the formal requirements, the council requests the applicant to supplement the deficiencies in due time (with an instruction that failure to correct these deficiencies will mean the application will not be considered).

The formal verification is followed by a substantive verification, during which the council assesses, based on the analysis of submitted documents, whether the applicant meets the requirements necessary for automatic recognition of formal qualifications acquired in EU countries, for certification of the licence to practise the profession, and being entered in the list of members of the regional chamber of nurses and midwives.

Documents

You will receive a document as:
Oryginał

Time limit

Within 1 month

  1. Automatic recognition of formal qualifications acquired in the EU, certification of the right licence to practisce the profession and an entry in the register of members of the regional chamber of nurses and midwives

The regional council of nurses and midwives automatically recognises formal qualifications, certifies the licence to practise the profession and makes an entry in the register of members of the regional chamber of nurses and midwives of a nurse/midwife who has submitted correct and complete documents (application and attachments) confirming the fulfilment of requirements indicated in the Act on the professions of nurse and midwife, or refuses to recognise formal qualifications and to certify the licence to practise the profession. Automatic recognition of formal qualifications, certification of the licence and an entry in the register or refusal to recognise formal qualifications is made by means of a resolution of the relevant regional council of nurses and midwives. The regional register of nurses and midwives is kept in electronic form.

Documents

Time limit

No later than within 3 months from the date of submitting all required documents indicated by the Act.

  1. Issuance of the document "The licence to practise the profession of nurse/midwife"

The regional council of nurses and midwives issues a document (certificate) “The licence to practise the profession of nurse/midwife” which certifies your right to practise the profession of nurse/midwife and confirms the entry in the register of members of the regional chamber of nurses and midwives. A refusal to recognise formal qualifications results in providing the applicant with a relevant resolution, having the force of an administrative decision, which may be appealed against.

Documents

You will receive a document as:
Oryginał
You will receive a document as:
Oryginał
  1. Forwarding the data to the Central Register of Nurses and Midwives

Within 7 days from the date of making the entry in the register, using electronic means, the regional council of nurses and midwives forwards the data included in the entry in the regional register of nurses and midwives to the Central Register of Nurses and Midwives, owned and administrated by the Supreme Council of Nurses and Midwives. An update of the data is made on-line and is visible instantly upon entering the data in the regional register.

Time limit

Within 7 days

How much you will have to pay

The service is free of charge

How long you will have to wait

No later than within 3 months from the date of submitting all required documents

How can you appeal

In the event of a refusal to recognise formal qualifications, the applicant may appeal against it within 14 days of receiving such decision. The appeal should be submitted to the Supreme Council of Nurses and Midwives, through the regional chamber which has issued the decision

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