Medical-biochemical activity

First option — FREEDOM TO PROVIDE CROSS-BORDER SERVICES

If you are established in an EU/EEA country, you have the freedom to provide services on an occasional and temporary basis, without the obligation of establishment in Croatia. In that case, an online declaration is sent to the competent authority via ivica.zupan@hkmb.hr, along with a photo or a scan of the following documents and certified translation of the documents done by a court interpreter (signed, without stamp):

  • proof of EU/EEA citizenship
  • certificate of establishment in EU/EEA country for practising the profession
  • criminal records bureau certificate
  • proof that the competent authority of the EU/EEA country of establishment has not issued a temporary or permanent ban on the provision of the service
  • certificate of the nature and duration of the activity issued by the competent authority of the EU/EEA country of establishment based on previous professional experience
  • proof of professional qualification
  • proof of the level of knowledge of the Croatian language for the purpose of practising the profession in Croatia
  • information on insurance

Second option — FREEDOM TO ESTABLISH

If you are established in an EU/EEA country, as a physical or legal person you have the freedom to provide services on a permanent basis, by registering an establishment and delivering the following documents:

  • proof of professional qualification
  • decision on recognised foreign professional qualification in the Republic of Croatia (certified copy)
  • proof of citizenship — certified translation by a court interpreter
  • marriage certificate or other certificate proving change of name and/or surname (translation)

Recognition of qualifications

Croatian Chamber of Medical Biochemists (HKMB) carries out the procedure of the recognition of foreign professional qualifications according to the general recognition system:

  • if the professional qualification was obtained in the EU/EEA and the applicant is an EU/EEA national

The application for recognition of foreign qualification which will be carried out under the general recognition system is submitted to ivica.zupan@hkmb.hr along with the following documents:

  • proof of citizenship (plain copy and non-certified translation into Croatian)
  • proof of previously completed education (plain copy and non-certified translation into Croatian
  • proof of formal qualifications or other proof of completion of formal education
    /professional qualification (certified copy and certified translation into Croatian by a court interpreter)

    • diploma
    • diploma supplement
    • study curriculum valid at the time of completion of the studies
  • proof of professional qualification (plain copy and non-certified translation into Croatian)
  • proof of professional training and lifelong learning programme (plain copy and non-certified translation into Croatian)
  • proof of professional experience where appropriate (certified copy and certified translation into Croatian by a court interpreter)
  • certificate of competence (certified copy and certified translation into Croatian by a court interpreter)

Evidence required under the general system of recognition:

Croatian Chamber of Medical Biochemists, as the competent authority, may request the applicant to provide other evidence in accordance with Annex VII of the Directive 2005/36 EC when carrying out the above procedures:

  • proof of good character or reputation
  • evidence that the competent authority of the applicant’s EU/EEA country of origin did not prohibit the applicant from practising the profession due to serious professional misconduct or criminal offence (these documents may be replaced by a statement made by the applicant before a competent judicial or administrative authority or before a notary)
  • proof that the applicant is insured against financial risks arising from their professional liability on the territory of the Republic of Croatia or the EU
  • power of attorney for receiving documents (authorised person for receiving documents) or power of representation to a person domiciled in the Republic of Croatia, for applicants domiciled abroad
  • proof of payment of the fee

Fees

HRK 1 000 for costs of the proceedings

The administrative fee is not paid upon request, decision or complaint.

Payment via online banking

IBAN: HR9623600001101567599

Reference number: OIB (PIN) of the payer

The purpose of the payment: Costs of the proceedings

User: Croatian Chamber of Medical Biochemists (Hrvatska komora medicinskih biokemičara)


Competent authority and regulations

Ministry of Health

Ksaver 200a, 10 000 Zagreb

+385 1 4607 555

pisarnica@miz.hr

Croatian Chamber of Medical Biochemists (Hrvatska komora medicinskih biokemičara)

Eugena Kumičića 5, 10 000 Zagreb

+385 1 4572 927

ivica.zupan@hkmb.hr

Health Care Act (OG 100/18 and 147/20)

Act on Regulated Professions and Recognition of Foreign Professional Qualifications (OG 82/15, 70/19 and 47/20)

General Administrative Procedure Act (OG 47/09 and 110/21)

Ordinance on the Criteria for the Recognition of Foreign Professional Qualifications (OG 89/13)


Authorisation

Upon completion of the procedure for the recognition of a foreign professional qualification carried out under the general system:

Decision of the Croatian Chamber of Medical Biochemists.

Deadline for obtaining recognition under the general system: within 3 months from the date of receipt of a duly completed application, and may be extended by a maximum of one month if there are reasonable grounds. Within one month from the date of implementation of the supplementary measure.

Explanation: supplementary competence check — 6 months deadline, supplementary adaptation measure — deadline up to 3 years


Legal remedies

You may submit a complaint within 15 days of receipt of the decision to the Croatian Chamber of Medical Biochemists (Hrvatska komora medicinskih biokemičara), Eugena Kumičića 5, 10 000 Zagreb or to ivica.zupan@hkmb.hr.

The complainant must state the decision he is contesting, the name of the professional chamber as a body governed by public law which has adopted the said decision and the reasons for his dissatisfaction with the decision. If the complainant presents new facts and new evidence, it is for the complainant to state why he did not submit those facts and evidence during the proceedings at first instance before the professional chamber.

When the medical professional chamber, as the first-instance body, receives a complaint, it will examine whether the complaint is admissible, timely and made by an authorised person.

If the complaint is not admissible, timely and made by an authorised person, the professional chamber shall dismiss the complaint.

If the professional chamber does not dismiss the complaint or replace the contested decision with a new one, it will immediately submit the complaint with the case file to the Ministry of Health as the second-instance body.

The Ministry of Health must make a decision on the complaint and deliver it to the party via the first-instance body as soon as possible and no later than 60 days from the date of the submission of the duly-made complaint.

Administrative proceedings may be initiated against the second-instance decision by filing a complaint with the competent Administrative Court (Zagreb, Split, Rijeka or Osijek) within 30 days of the date of receipt of the decision. The complaint shall be filed directly or by post and may also be recorded in the minutes.

Date of last update: 28.1.2022.

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