Doctor of dental medicine – licence

A medical practitioner or doctor of dental medicine (hereinafter referred to as a doctor) with appropriate education and qualification and who is entered in the register of doctors, is awarded a licence by the Medical Chamber of Slovenia. A licence is a public document proving professional qualification of the doctor for independent performance of medical services in a certain professional field.

The licence is granted for a period of seven years. The licence is granted after performed specialisation and in dentistry, after internship and passing of the professional exam.

The doctor who passed the specialist exam in the Republic of Slovenia and who fulfils all the conditions for receiving the licence, is granted the licence ex officio. The Chamber grants the doctor who fulfils all the prescribed conditions a decision on awarding the licence within 30 days of passing the specialist exam. The licence document is issued within 8 days after the decision on awarding the licence becomes final.

A doctor can independently perform medical services in the field for which the licence was granted. Medical services may be provided by specialist doctors, doctors of dental medicine and specialist doctors of dental medicine in accordance with their professional qualifications, provided they fulfil the mentioned conditions.

Specialist doctors may perform a health-care service in accordance with their professional qualification if they fulfil all conditions and have been awarded the title of Doctor of Medicine with the indication of a specialisation. Doctors of dental medicine may perform a health-care service in accordance with their professional qualification if they fulfil all conditions and have been awarded the title of Doctor of Dental Medicine or Specialist Doctor of Dental Medicine with the indication of a specialisation.

The Medical Chamber of Slovenia can temporarily or permanently withdraw the licence from a doctor due to major professional deficiency or error at work, i.e. in accordance with the Chamber's acts. Permanent withdrawal of the licence can be imposed due to major professional deficiency or error at work if such conduct of the doctor caused permanent severe health consequences or even a patient's death.

Temporary withdrawal of the licence up to a maximum period of five years can be imposed if:

  • the doctor is referred to additional professional training during the licence renewal procedure but did not pass the professional qualification test until the expiry of the licence;
  • it is established that the doctor seriously endangers the health or life of a patient;
  • the court issued a final or other decision to temporarily prohibit or in any other way disable the performance of an activity or profession the doctor performs;
  • it is established that the doctor does not fulfil other conditions for performing their activity;
  • it is established after granting the licence that the doctor did not acquire the evidence on fulfilling the conditions in a legitimate way or if the doctor does not speak Slovenian, or, where it is appropriate, Italian and Hungarian, at their work with patients.

A doctor who wants to acquire the licence must fulfil the obligations of the members of the Medical Chamber of Slovenia and may not perform complementary and alternative medical services.

A doctor who doesn’t pass the professional qualification test or does not take it in the determined period must attend professional training in the appropriate professional field at their own expense along with regular work. If the doctor fails the professional qualification test for the second time or if they don’t respond to the request for taking the exam for the second time, the Chamber withdraws the licence for independent work to such a doctor.

Legal protection

  • Judicial remedy: Appeal
  • Competent authority: Ministry of Health

Other activities

The Medical Chamber of Slovenia notifies the doctor on the expiry of the licence at least 6 months prior to such expiry. At the same time, the Chamber sends the renewal application form and notifies them on the total number of credit points that have been acquired in the current licence period.

For renewing the licence, the doctor submits a complete form at the Chamber and attaches the documentation that proves the fulfilment of conditions. The doctor is obliged to send the Chamber a complete application for licence renewal within 30 days from the receipt of the application form and the notification by the Chamber. Based on a complete application, the Chamber issues a decision on licence renewal.

If the doctor does not submit the evidence, they must pass the professional qualification test within 30 days before the date of the expiry of the licence. A doctor takes the professional qualification test in the professional field of the licence. A doctor who does not pass the professional qualification test or does not take it in the determined period, must attend professional training in the appropriate professional field at their own expense along with regular work.

After concluding additional professional training, the doctor can once again take the professional qualification test. The licence can be renewed for a 7-year licence period based on the evidence of professional qualification for further work in their profession.

Last updated: 7 years

Responsible: Ministry of Health | Last updated: 11. 02. 2016