Note: The General Administrative Procedure Act (“Official Gazette” Nr.: 47/09) in Article 14. states that the administrative procedure is being held on Croatian language and on Latin alphabet. In accordance with mentioned Article all the documents in the foreign recognition qualification process needs to be translated into Croatian language on Latin alphabet by the official judicial interpreter for Croatian language.
III. Documents which are required for the automatic system
Note: The administrative procedure is being held on Croatian language and on Latin alphabet.All the documents in the foreign recognition qualification process needs to be translated into Croatian language on Latin alphabet by the official judicial interpreter for Croatian language.
The recognition of internships is carried out at the request of the party which completed the procedure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications before the Croatian Nursing Council. The party has to submit the following documentation with the application for the recognition of internship:
Note: The process of recognition of internship completed abroad and the taking of state exam is not mandatory for all candidates who have completed the foreign qualification process. Candidates who have regulated the obligation of internship and the state exam for the lower level of education are obligated to take in again in order to obtain licence to work. Also, in accordance with the Article 176. of the Healthcare Act, healthcare workers who have obtained their education in one of the EEA are not obligated to take the state exam at the Ministry of Health.
400 HRK for the costs of the foreign qualification process
Recipient: Hrvatska komora medicinskih sestara
Payment reference: Date of birth of the applicant
Payment purpose: trošak postupka priznavanje inozemnih stručnih kvalifikacija
600 HRK for the state exam at the Ministry of Health
Recipient: Državni proračun Republike Hrvatske/ State budget
Payment reference: 7005-47107-100145
Payment purpose: troškovi polaganja stručnog ispita
Competent authorities and regulations
Hrvatska komora medicinskih sestara
Maksimirska 111/II, 10 000 Zagreb
Ministarstvo zdravstva Republike Hrvatske
Ksaver 200a, 10 000 Zagreb
Zakon o zdravstvenoj zaštiti (NN 100/18, 125/19)
Zakon o reguliranim profesijama i priznavanju inozemnih stručnih kvalifikacija (NN 82/15 i 70/19, 47/20)
Pravilnik o pripravničkom stažu zdravstvenih radnika (NN 2/11, 14/13, 126/14, 135/15)
Pravilnik o mjerilima za priznavanje inozemnih stručnih kvalifikacija (NN 89/13)
The decision on the recognition of foreign qualifications
In the case of candidates who fulfil all the requirements for the automatic recognition of foreign qualification the decision will be made within 30 days.
If there is a significant difference between the professional qualification of the candidate from the professional qualifications which are prescribed for general care nurses in Croatia the candidate shall be via conclusion invited to specify the supplementary measure.
Within the 60 days from the receipt of the candidates statement, HKMS shall issue an interim decision. The interim decision shall set the conditions for the completion of supplementary measures.
HKMS shall make a decision on the recognition of the foreign qualification within the 30 days of the successful competition of the supplementary measure.
After the conclusion of the procedure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications the candidates shall be directed to the Ministry of Health for the recognition of their internships completed abroad and the approval for taking the professional exam.
Legal remedy and appeals
An appeal can be submitted against the decision of Croatian nursing council in person, by post on the address Hrvatska komora medicinskih sestara (Croatian nursing council), Maksimirska 111/II, 10 000 Zagreb or by e-mail via email@example.com.
After the appeal has been made, HKMS will question if it is allowed and made in the correct time frame. If those requirements are not met, the appeal shall be dismissed. If the HKMS decides that the appeal is justified it will change the made decision in part or in total. If the appeal is not dismissed and the HKMS has not changed it’s decision, the appeal with the file shall be forwarded to the Ministry of Health.
Deadline for the decision regarding the appeal: 60 days.
Last update: 20. December 2020.