The general procedure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications acquired outside the EU member states (third countries) is hereby applied.
The following documents have to be enclosed with the application:
Other documents to be enclosed with the application:
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
The following documents should be enclosed with the application:
Other documents to be enclosed with the application:
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:
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.
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
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/
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
Recipient: Državni proračun /State budget/
Payment reference: 7005-47107-100226
Payment purpose: troškovi polaganja stručnog ispita /professional exam fees/
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:
The candidate shall send the written statement on the selected supplementary measure to email@example.com
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
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