How to Work In Italy as a Doctor

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Do you want to work in Italy as  doctor?

The requirement to apply to the Italian Medical Council for the medical profession in Italy is to be fulfilled in doctors who are not citizens or whose medical degree has been issued from medical school abroad.

Citizenship and citizenship laws and credentials gained outside Italy are taken into account by the law.

It should be noted that the medical profession’s practice is permitted only for occasional services rendered by doctors holding EU citizenship. Also subject to the previous contact by the Italian Ministry of Health without registration with the Italian Medical Council can practice the medical profession.

Program Management Period

A request for registration on the National Practitioner’s Registry, sent to the Italian Medical Council, must be carefully checked.

The time required is based upon the application’s complexity. The length of time needed is dependent on the application’s complexity.

In the legal term of three months from the date of presentation, the Medical Council of Italy must accept or reject a submission.

It should be noted that the medical profession’s practice is permitted only for occasional services rendered by doctors holding EU citizenship.

Requirements for Doctors without EU Citizenship Graduated in a Non-EU Country

A valid Stay Permission for the applicant

Doctors outside the EU have a valid residence permit in Italy, which is subject to the rules laid down by immigration laws. The forms of residency permits that are deemed adequate for registration in professional registers are as follows:

  • On employment reason or awaiting work (either self-employed or dependent);
  • For purposes of the family;
  • For purposes of research and education only, except that a doctor is permitted to work for not more than 20 hours a week and not more than 1040 hours a year, restricted to the periods of study and training.

The residence license is always valid and must be renewed at the police headquarters periodically. If the renewal is not made, then the Register shall be terminated.

The occupation in Italy, therefore, can not be continued. The permanent resident visa, which substitutes for the permit for temporary residency, is also available.

The Italian Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Universities, and Science shall accept qualifications.

The Italian Health Ministry for which an application must be made (see above) should also be remembered. The Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research should also approve the degree obtained outside the EU.

The two bureaus review and arrive at one of the following conclusions: The doctor’s course of study.

  • The doctor will apply for registrations in the Italian Medical Council within two years of the immediate Order of graduate recognition;
  • The applicant may have to undergo evaluation or incorporate a further Italian University thesis with his / her course of study. The doctor can receive a degree that is valid in Italy after completing the requisite further studies. He will then pass the necessary test before registering in the province of residence with the Italian Medical Council.
  • The request is refused; therefore, the applicant cannot register with the Italian Medical Council and can not practice medicine in Italy.

An adequate evaluation of Italian language skills is required of the applicant.

As we are talking in this case of non-Italian doctors who have a degree in a foreign language, it is essential to test the knowledge of Italian language and regulations regulating the practice of the profession in Italy before receiving an inscription with the Order (and thus being able to practice in Italy).

A test is done by the group of practitioners for which the practitioner applies.

The Order continues with its entry in the registry if the verification is concluded positively.

Otherwise, it defines a time-limit for the practitioner to take the new test, giving the applicant time to obtain good language command and good knowledge of Italian regulations.

Unless the Italian Medical Council registers first, doctors without an EU citizenship will not be permitted to practice medicine under any circumstance in Italy. As stated earlier, registration requires the competent authority in Italy to accept credentials, a valid residency Permit, and an examination of Italian language skills.

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It is essential to test the knowledge of Italian language and regulations regulating the practice of the profession in Italy before receiving an inscription with the Order.

Acknowledgment of qualification for EU citizens, Swiss Confederation and SEE field for the practice of the occupation of a surgeon (Doctor), obtained by non-EU citizens

Procedures: For the corresponding occupation in Italy, an application with the stamp duty to Ministry of Health (Form D1-Doctor)followed by all documents mentioned in Annex D1, is to obtain recognition of eligible surgeon qualifications obtained in a non-EU country by non-EU citizens, citizens of the EU, citizens of the Swiss Confederation and citizens of the EEA (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein)

Who may apply for it: Non-EU residents, EU nationals, Swiss confederate citizens, residents of EEA region (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) who have received the Ph.D. in a non-EU country

What do you need to ask for it: The interested party must apply to the Ministry of Health (D1 – Doctor Application form) and all of the documentation provided in Annex D1, stamped.

General warning: Professional credentials gained in a non-EU country are recognized if the Italian Diplomatic or Consular Authority is present in the State or by Apostille or in the State where the credential was issued (The Hague Convention 5.10.1961).

  • An Italian translated version shall accompany all papers written in a foreign language. The original text must approve such translation by the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the certificate has been obtained. The translator must swear it at the Italian Court.
  • Photocopied documents can be validated in the Italian municipality offices, either at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin or Italy.
  • No color photocopying is permitted.
  • This Administration forwards all communication about the procedure to the address indicated by the party concerned for the application. Therefore, the involved party is responsible for notifying the address person by letter of any changes promptly.
  • The Administration is not accountable for communication obtained by the interested party as a result of the transfer of incorrect indication of the address.

Instructions and Forms

How the application is submitted

  • Modern article

Department beneficiary: (DGPROF) Directorate General of Health Professions and Human Resources of the National Health Service

Office 2 – Recognition of qualifications of health professionals and specialist and master’s degrees

  • Delivery by hand.

Address: Viale Giorgio Ribotta, 5 00144 Rome

How long it takes

3-4 months after the involved party submits the full report

What it cost

Stamp of income: from €16.00 to be added to request form

How the results are announced

  • Classic mail


Where the results are published

  • Official Record
  • Educational place administrative (Traditional site)


The Regulations

  • Decree of the President of the Republic n. 394 of 31.8.1999;
  • Directive n. 2005/36 / EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 07/09/2005;
  • Legislative Decree n. 206 of 09/11/2007.


Salary of a doctor in Italy

The average income per physician in Italy is € 126,530 a year and €61 an hour. For doctors, there is an average salary of €85,396 to €163,590. The highest level of medical education is, on average, the Bachelor’s degree. The pay study is based on salary survey information obtained directly from employers and anonymous Italian workers.

Medmal insurance

Remeber: if you wanna work in Italy as a doctor, you need to have a medmal insurance. Ask here for a quote.


Temporary Exercise of Healthcare Professions Decree

The Bollette Decree, effective since May 2023, permits the temporary exercise of healthcare professions until December 31, 2025, in deviation from existing measures, based on qualifications obtained abroad. This measure was necessary to tackle the severe shortage of healthcare and socio-health personnel. However, the regulation of this temporary exercise had to be approved at the Conference of State Regions. Approximately a year later, the draft agreement was sent by the Ministry of Health to the State Regions for consideration.

Establishment of Regional Commissions

Article 1 of the decree outlines that each Region, based on its healthcare and socio-health personnel needs, must identify the healthcare professional qualifications for which individuals can temporarily work within the Region upon application. Consequently, each Region must establish a dedicated Commission comprising regional experts, a representative jointly appointed by relevant provincial Orders, and a representative jointly appointed by universities in the Region or those referenced, depending on the relevant professional profile. The composition of the Commission may be adjusted as necessary.

Verification and Enrollment Process

The Commission is tasked with verifying that applicants meet the required criteria for temporary exercise of work activity, following enrollment in special extraordinary lists. The Commission’s assessment must conclude within sixty days of application submission, unless administrative procedure regulations allow for suspension or interruption of deadlines. Subsequently, provincial Orders of healthcare professions must enroll successful applicants in the special extraordinary lists within the following 30 days.

Eligibility Criteria and Documentation

Applicants must fulfill several criteria, including possessing relevant healthcare qualifications, residency in Italy for EU, Swiss Confederation, or EEA citizens, and proficiency in the Italian language. For those from the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, knowledge of Italian or German is required, while for the Aosta Valley region, knowledge of Italian or French is necessary. Exceptions to Italian language requirements are outlined for medical and nursing professionals working aboard national merchant or cruise ships.

Required Documents

Essential documents to be submitted with the application include conformity certificates for qualifications obtained in EU, Swiss Confederation, or EEA countries, value declarations for qualifications obtained in non-EU countries, proof of professional integrity, absence of criminal records, and a declaration regarding any pending qualification recognition requests to the Ministry of Health.

Transitional Arrangements

Article 7 establishes transitional provisions, outlining specific operational procedures for the registration of applicants in reference special extraordinary lists. Regions without established lists or affirmative communication issuance must rely on public, private, and third-sector employers who have temporarily recruited personnel to forward communications to the relevant Commission for enrollment in the special extraordinary lists.


The obligation for enrollment in special extraordinary lists commences upon the issuance of regional and provincial implementing measures, to be enacted within three months of the agreement’s adoption. This decree aims to alleviate healthcare personnel shortages by facilitating the temporary employment of qualified professionals, thereby ensuring continued provision of essential healthcare services.

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Kristiana Kola
Kristiana Kola
10:22 22 Aug 22
Rc Medici: Da poco abilitata, Mi sono affidata a loro.Personale disponibile e chiaro, mi hanno chiarito e semplificato l' approccio al mondo dell'assicurazione medica. Assicurazione stipulata in tempi brevissimi.Consigliati!
Cristina Rizzi
Cristina Rizzi
16:15 09 Aug 22
Mi sono appena laureata, e nell’inesperienza e confusione, RC Medici è stata la mia bussola! Disponibili, chiari, facilmente reperibili per ogni dubbio e perplessità! Consiglio vivamente ai neolaureati come me di affidarsi a loro per stipulare una polizza assicurativa! Vi assicuro che non ve ne pentirete! Cristina.
Medicina Interna
Medicina Interna
13:47 03 Aug 22
Sempre disponibili . Servizio rapido ed affidabile! Competitivo rispetto alle offerte sul mercato della zona .Possibilità di scelta e trasparenza dei servizi offerti! Il tutto comodamente da casa.
chiara scotton
chiara scotton
13:15 03 Aug 22
Una volta contattata l'agenzia via whatsapp, ho ricevuto immediatamente una chiamata da parte di una dipendente che mi ha fornito in maniera chiara ed esaustiva informazioni riguardo alla polizza di mio interesse. Grazie alla tempestività della risposta ho così potuto avere in tempi rapidi la mia polizza.
Stefano Di Marco
Stefano Di Marco
09:58 16 Jun 22
Molto chiari e precisi nel rispondere alle domande, sempre gentili e disponibili. I preventivi arrivano via mail rapidamente e per ogni chiarimento sono disponibili anche telefonicamente. Procedura semplice e digitale. Consigliati!
Giannicola Ruscino
Giannicola Ruscino
09:09 16 Jun 22
Efficienti, disponibili e professionali. Mi sono affacciato al mondo delle assicurazioni per medici per la prima volta e loro mi hanno saputo indirizzare correttamente. Consiglio a tutti i neolaureati!
Francesca Arianna Esposito
Francesca Arianna Esposito
09:34 14 Jun 22
Grazie a Rc medici è possibile scegliere tra una vasta gamma di proposte e offerte, ottenendo l’assicurazione più adatta alle nostre esigenze. Personale disponibile. Momentaneamente posso ritenermi soddisfatta.
Nico Retico
Nico Retico
14:02 18 May 22
Professionali e chiari in ogni aspetto. Sono disponibili a qualsiasi tipo di chiarimento richiesto specie in un argomento non sempre di facile compresione per terminologia e postille.ASSOLUTAMENTE CONSIGLIATI
Pietro Aimar
Pietro Aimar
06:54 14 Apr 22
Il gruppo RC medici: personale competente, offerte praticamente quotidiane e celerità nella risposta.Professionisti nel lavoro e iniziano da subito a riconoscerti risultando super disponibili. Un'ottima società che ti segue nella scelta dell'assicurazione.Da scegliere.
Francesca pugliese
Francesca pugliese
10:46 13 Jan 22
Ho sottoscritto una polizza presso RC medici in tempi brevissimi, con informazioni chiare e con grande disponibilità a venirmi incontro per alcune necessità. La tempistica di risposta ad email è telefonate è eccezionale. Sono quindi molto soddisfatta.
Silvia Lupi
Silvia Lupi
12:42 07 Jan 22
Mi ritengo molto soddisfatta della scelta di questa compagnia assicurativa.Personale molto disponibile e veloce nelle risposte che ha saputo guidarmi in un ambito che non conosco. Consigliatissima per i giovani medici che come me si trovano disorientati nell’ambito assicurativo.
Roberto Grandinetti
Roberto Grandinetti
12:14 04 Jan 22
Un ottimo servizio per quanto riguarda la velocità nella risposta e l'esaustività delle varie proposte contrattuali. Ottimo servizio di supporto via messaggio. Consigliato.
Rotem Avigdor
Rotem Avigdor
10:19 23 Dec 21
Il servizio prestato è stato veloce e professionale. Ho ricevuto supporto, aiuto e risposte rilevanti a tutti i miei dubbi. Voglio anche evidenziare che sono straniero ed il personale si è mostrato disponibile ad informarmi e spiegarmi tutto ciò che non capivo. Consiglio vivamente a qualsiasi giovane medico ai suoi primi passi lavorativi.
Silvia G
Silvia G
16:40 09 Dec 21
Sto stipulando un'assicurazione con loro e mi trovo molto bene: il personale è gentile, chiaro, disponibile, preciso. Inoltre il loro sito presenta molto risposte preventive a domande che si pone naturalmente una persona che non è esperta di questo campo, e fa risparmiare molto tempo, permettendo anche di avere le idee più chiare fin da subito. Per la mia esperienza finora lo consiglierei!
Eleonora Borghi
Eleonora Borghi
12:28 30 Nov 21
Affidabili, disponibili. Rispondo subito ad ogni quesito proposto in maniera esaustiva. Professionali e capaci di soddisfare ogni esigenza personale. Consiglio soprattutto se medici specializzandi con attività esterne
Andrea Savastano
Andrea Savastano
13:25 12 Nov 21
Perfetta per un giovane medico che si affaccia al mondo del lavoro. Personale molto disponibile sia per via telefonica che per mail.Molto consigliata!
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