Midwives

Requirements

The general procedure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications acquired outside the EU member states (third countries) is hereby applied.

Required documents for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications via general procedure:

Notes:

  • Submit original documents or their certified copies (photocopies) and, if necessary, include a certified Croatian translation by a court interpreter certified for the language in which the qualification is issued;
  • Copies of official documents are certified by a notary public in the Republic of Croatia;
  • If the application is incomplete, the applicant will be notified in writing of the necessary update of the documentation.

The following documents have to be enclosed with the application:

  • Proof of citizenship (certificate of citizenship or any other document which proves the citizenship or a copy of the passport, accompanied by an unofficial Croatian translation),
  • Proof of previously completed education, copies of report cards for completed grades of primary and secondary school accompanied by an unofficial Croatian translation,
  • Certified copy of the proof of formal qualifications or other proof of completed formal education accompanied by a certified Croatian translation,
  • Copy of the proof of professional qualifications accompanied by an unofficial Croatian translation,
  • Copy of the diploma supplement or the curriculum accompanied by an unofficial Croatian translation,
  • Copy of the proof of vocational training accompanied by an unofficial Croatian translation,
  • Certified copy of the proof of professional experience accompanied by a certified Croatian translation,
  • Certified copy of the certificate of competency accompanied by a certified Croatian translation.

Other documents to be enclosed with the application:

  • Proof of membership in a foreign chamber of midwives, if the applicant has such proof
  • Decision of the Agency for Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Croatia on the recognition of foreign qualifications, if the subject decision was issued to the applicant
  • Marriage certificate or the decision of the competent authority for those applicants who changed their name and/or surname;
  • Power of attorney certified by a notary public on appointing an attorney-in-fact with residence in the Republic of Croatia for the receipt of documents or representation for applicants who have registered residence abroad,
  • Proof of payment of administrative fees for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications via the general procedure in the amount of HRK 6,000.00,
  • Proof of payment of fees in favour of the state budget of the Republic of Croatia in the amount of HRK 70.00.

The automatic recognition procedure shall apply to the recognition of foreign professional qualifications in midwifery, i.e. for foreign professional qualifications acquired in the EU/EEA member states

  • Documents required for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications via automatic procedure
  • The recognition procedure shall officially start after the receipt of a duly completed and delivered application form.
  • With their signature, the applicant vouches for the accuracy of the data in the form.
  • Should the applicant’s data (name and surname, address) change during the recognition process, the applicant undertakes to inform the Office of the Chamber of such change in writing.
  • All documents (proofs) submitted in support of an application must be originals or certified copies accompanied by a certified Croatian translation, if required.

Notes:

  • Croatian translation services are provided by a certified court interpreter for the language in which the foreign professional qualifications are issued;
  • The copies of official documents are certified by a notary public in the Republic of Croatia;
  • In case of an incomplete application, the applicant will be notified in writing of the necessary update of documentation.

The following documents should be enclosed with the application:

  • Proof of citizenship, i.e. certificate of citizenship or any other document which proves the citizenship, or a copy of the passport,
  • Proof of formal qualifications or any other proof of completed formal education, i.e. diploma/report card issued by a foreign education institution
  • Proof of the passed professional exam, i.e. certificate of passed professional (state) exam, if applicable
  • Proof of the professional qualification (certificate issued by a competent authority of the applicant’s home country on the qualification compliance attesting to the acquired knowledge and skills)
  • Documents enclosed with the application must be submitted in certified copies accompanied by a certified Croatian translation or exceptionally in uncertified copies accompanied by a certified Croatian translation and with the presentation of the original documents for review.
  • The automatic procedure for the recognition of a foreign professional qualification does not request previous assessment of the professional qualification.

Other documents to be enclosed with the application:

  • Marriage certificate or the decision issued by a competent authority for those applicants who changed their name and/or surname
  • Power of attorney certified by a notary public on appointing an attorney-in-fact with residence in the Republic of Croatia for the receipt of documents or representation for applicants who have registered residence abroad.
  • Proof of payment of fees for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications via automatic recognition procedure in the amount of HRK 400.00.
  • Proof of payment of fees in favour of the state budget of the Republic of Croatia in the amount of HRK 70.00.

 

The Croatian Chamber of Midwives (CCM) shall, within 15 days from the receipt of an incomplete application and documentation, invite the candidate to complete it within a period of 90 days.

Recognition of internships completed abroad (carried out by the Ministry of Health)

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 Chamber of Midwives. The party has to submit the following documentation with the application for the recognition of internship:

  • Original or a certified copy of the proof of citizenship,
  • Original or a certified copy of the proof of the change of surname,
  • Certified copy of the decision issued by the Croatian Chamber of Midwives on the recognition of foreign professional qualifications,
  • Certificate issued by the competent authority on the completed internship accompanied by the curriculum of the internship and its duration (in the original),
  • Certified copy of the certificate on the passed professional exam,
  • Employer’s certificate of the acquired profession-related experience (if any).

Deadline for the issuance of the decision: 30 days from the date of a duly submitted application.

An appeal against the decision of the Ministry of Health is not permitted; however, an administrative dispute may be initiated before the competent administrative court.

Following the completed procedure for the recognition of internship, the party is obligated to take the professional exam before the exam commission of the Ministry of Health.

 

Fees

HRK 6,000.00 for general recognition procedure

HRK 400.00 for automatic recognition procedure

HRK 70.00 in fees

HRK 1,500.00 for a supplementary measure for competency assessment in the procedure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications

Payment instructions

Recipient: Hrvatska komora primalja, Ulica grada Mainza 11, 4. kat, 10 000 Zagreb, Hrvatska

/Croatian Chamber of Midwives, Ulica grada Mainza 11, 4. kat, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia/
IBAN: HR0424020061100549055

SWIFT: ESBCHR22

Erste&Steiermärkische Bank d.d., Rijeka

Payment purpose: Naknada za priznavanje inozemne stručne kvalifikacije ili Naknada za provedbu ispita provjere kompetentnosti /Fee for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications or the fee for the completion of competency assessment/

Payment reference HR 00 OIB /applicant’s Personal Identification Number/

 

HRK 600.00 for professional exam

Payment instructions

Recipient: Državni proračun /State budget/

IBAN: HR1210010051863000160

Model: HR64

Payment reference: 7005-47107-100226

Payment purpose: troškovi polaganja stručnog ispita /professional exam fees/

 

Approval

The CCM shall compare the documents on professional qualifications of the candidate with professional qualifications in the Republic of Croatia prescribed as the requirement for the performance of midwifery profession.

General recognition procedure: If the requirements for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications are not met, i.e. the professional qualifications of the candidate significantly differ from the professional qualifications prescribed for midwifery profession in the Republic of Croatia, and the documentation is complete, the CCM shall issue a conclusion inviting the candidate to, within 30 days, notify the CCM on the selected supplementary measure in writing:

  1. a) an adjustment period of up to 3 years or b) competency assessment (exam)

The candidate shall send the written statement on the selected supplementary measure to komora@komora-primalja.hr

The CCM shall, within 60 days from the receipt of the candidate’s statement on the selected supplementary measure, issue an interim decision determining the candidate’s supplementary measure.

The candidate is invited to take the competency exam within 6 months from the date of the issuance of the interim decision.

If the candidate fails the competency exam, they can file an application for retaking the exam within 15 days from the failed exam.

If the candidate once again fails the competency exam within the additional period of 6 months, the CCM shall refuse their application by virtue of a decision.

The decision on the recognition of a foreign professional qualification may be classified as: 1. Full recognition, 2. Rejection or 3. Dismissal.

The decision pertaining to the application for the recognition of a foreign professional qualification shall be delivered to the candidate no later than 3 months following the day of the receipt of a duly completed application.

The deadline for the issuance of a decision on the recognition of a foreign professional qualification may be extended, especially in justifiable cases, for no longer than 1 month.

Following the conclusion of the procedure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications carried out by the CCM, the procedure for the recognition of internships completed abroad and the approval for taking the professional exam shall be carried out by the Ministry of Health.

Competent authorities and regulations

Croatian Chamber of Midwives

Snježana Paklec, dipl.iur.

Phone +385 1 5494 688

Mobile +385 91 345 1092

referentica@komora-primalja.hr; komora@komora-primalja.hr

Regulations

Healthcare  Act /Zakon o zdravstvenoj zaštiti/ (NN 100/18, 125/19)

The Ordinance on the Internship of Healthcare Workers /Pravilnik o pripravničkom stažu zdravstvenih radnika (NN 2/11, 14/13, 126/14, 135/15)

Legal remedy and appeals

An appeal is not allowed against the conclusion. The conclusion may be contested with an appeal against the decision on the administrative matter.

If the applicant fails to respond to the invitation, and no action can be taken with regard to the application, the CCM shall dismiss the application as incomplete.

An appeal against the decision in the procedure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications may be lodged with the Ministry of Health within 15 days from the receipt of the decision hereof. The appeal is lodged via the Croatian Chamber of Midwives in writing in three copies and a fee in the amount of HRK 50.00 is charged.

Last update: 15 October 2020

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