The BIG-Registration: A Vital Step for Medical Professionals

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The BIG-registration: A Vital Step for Medical Professionals

For medical professionals contemplating a career in the Netherlands, obtaining the BIG registration (Beroepen in de Individuele Gezondheidszorg) is crucial. This blog explores the registration process, requirements, and how Care-Force can assist you every step of the way.

What is the BIG Registration?

The BIG registration ensures that healthcare providers are competent and qualified to practice their profession in the Netherlands. It provides patients assurance that their healthcare providers meet Dutch quality standards. For many medical professions, including doctors, dentists, nurses, and physiotherapists, this registration is mandatory.

The Registration Process and Requirements

1. Preparation

To initiate the registration process, you need to gather several documents. These include your diplomas, a certificate of good conduct, and proof of work experience if applicable. It's crucial that these documents are properly translated into Dutch, if necessary.

2. Dutch Language Proficiency

One of the primary requirements for BIG registration is proficiency in the Dutch language at a sufficient level. This is essential for effective communication with patients and colleagues. Many foreign professionals may not be aware of this requirement, but it is mandatory and cannot be overlooked. As of January 1, 2024, new assessment requirements will be in place, and Care-Force is already well-prepared to guide you through these language assessments.

3. Submitting the Application

The next step is to submit your application to the BIG register. This can be done online. You will need to fill out an application form and upload the necessary documents. There are also registration fees associated with the process.

4. Assessment and Decision

Upon submission of your application, the BIG register will assess your documents and information. This process may take some time depending on the completeness and accuracy of your application. Once approved, you will receive your BIG registration, allowing you to practice your profession in the Netherlands.


Care-Force: Your Partner in the Registration Process

Navigating the registration process can be complex and time-consuming, especially if you are unfamiliar with Dutch regulations and language requirements. This is where Care-Force comes in. We handle the entire registration process, from gathering necessary documents to guiding you through Dutch language assessments and submitting your application. Our goal is to ensure you receive your BIG registration smoothly and swiftly, so you can focus on what truly matters: delivering high-quality care to your patients.

New Updates and Changes for BIG

Since 2017, BIG registration has been mandatory for certain healthcare providers in the Netherlands. As of January 1, 2024, new assessment requirements will be enforced to further evaluate the competencies and language proficiency of healthcare providers. Care-Force is well-informed about these changes and will ensure your registration process meets these new requirements.


The BIG registration is a critical step for medical professionals seeking to practice in the Netherlands. While the process may seem daunting, Care-Force provides the support and guidance you need to navigate the registration process successfully. With our assistance, you can focus on launching your career in the Netherlands while we handle the administrative burdens for you.

Are you ready to start your career in the Netherlands? Contact Care-Force today and let us assist you with your BIG registration!

The BIG-Registration: A Vital Step for Medical Professionals
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