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A medical practitioner or doctor of dental medicine (hereinafter referred to as a doctor) with appropriate education and qualification and who is entered in the register of doctors, is awarded a licence by the Medical Chamber of Slovenia. A licence is a public document proving professional qualification of the doctor for independent performance of medical services in a certain professional field.

The licence is granted for a period of seven years. The licence is granted after performed specialisation and in dentistry, after internship and passing of the professional exam.

The doctor who passed the specialist exam in the Republic of Slovenia and who fulfils all the conditions for receiving the licence, is granted the licence ex officio. The Chamber grants the doctor who fulfils all the prescribed conditions a decision on awarding the licence within 30 days of passing the specialist exam. The licence document is issued within 8 days after the decision on awarding the licence becomes final.

A doctor can independently perform medical services in the field for which the licence was granted. Medical services may be provided by specialist doctors, doctors of dental medicine and specialist doctors of dental medicine in accordance with their professional qualifications, provided they fulfil the mentioned conditions.

Specialist doctors may perform a health-care service in accordance with their professional qualification if they fulfil all conditions and have been awarded the title of Doctor of Medicine with the indication of a specialisation. Doctors of dental medicine may perform a health-care service in accordance with their professional qualification if they fulfil all conditions and have been awarded the title of Doctor of Dental Medicine or Specialist Doctor of Dental Medicine with the indication of a specialisation.

The Medical Chamber of Slovenia can temporarily or permanently withdraw the licence from a doctor due to major professional deficiency or error at work, i.e. in accordance with the Chamber's acts. Permanent withdrawal of the licence can be imposed due to major professional deficiency or error at work if such conduct of the doctor caused permanent severe health consequences or even a patient's death.

Temporary withdrawal of the licence up to a maximum period of five years can be imposed if:

  • the doctor is referred to additional professional training during the licence renewal procedure but did not pass the professional qualification test until the expiry of the licence;
  • it is established that the doctor seriously endangers the health or life of a patient;
  • the court issued a final or other decision to temporarily prohibit or in any other way disable the performance of an activity or profession the doctor performs;
  • it is established that the doctor does not fulfil other conditions for performing their activity;
  • it is established after granting the licence that the doctor did not acquire the evidence on fulfilling the conditions in a legitimate way or if the doctor does not speak Slovenian, or, where it is appropriate, Italian and Hungarian, at their work with patients.

A doctor who wants to acquire the licence must fulfil the obligations of the members of the Medical Chamber of Slovenia and may not perform complementary and alternative medical services.

A doctor who doesn’t pass the professional qualification test or does not take it in the determined period must attend professional training in the appropriate professional field at their own expense along with regular work. If the doctor fails the professional qualification test for the second time or if they don’t respond to the request for taking the exam for the second time, the Chamber withdraws the licence for independent work to such a doctor.

Conditions

These terms apply to the profession Doctor of dental medicine specialist

  • When providing medical services, physicians use Slovenian, or Italian and Hungarian in bilingual ethnically mixed areas of the Italian and Hungarian ethnic communities.

    Knowledge of a language is proven by a secondary school certificate or a certificate of an educational institution. In their acts, employers determine the level of knowledge of a language and the manner for the verification of the meeting of this condition for individual jobs.

    Evidence

    Secondary school certificate or certificate of an educational institution

    Legal basis

  • Professional responsibility of physicians and doctors of dental medicine requires regular and active training throughout their professional operation. They must select programmes of post-graduate training in accordance with their professional needs and progress of the profession. The purpose of regular post-graduate training is to maintain, update, deepen and expand professional knowledge of physicians, and to improve, and learn about, professional skills, and attitude to patients, the public and their profession.

    Professional training is the prerequisite for their licence to be extended. Verification of a physician’s professional competence for the licence period is established by credit points acquired by physicians through regular post-graduate training.

    If a physician does not acquire the required number of credit points, they must take a test of professional competence. A physician who does not pass the test of professional competence in the first attempt or does not show up for the test of professional competence must, in addition to their regular work, undergo additional professional training in a suitable field at their own expense. After concluding additional professional training, the physician may take the test of professional competence again.

    Physicians must accumulate at least 75 credit points in the previous seven-year licence period in order for their licence to be extended. If a physician does not practice medicine full time in this period, the Medical Chamber of Slovenia may prescribe to them special conditions in the form of additional professional training to get their licence extended.

    If the physician's last licence was granted for less than seven years, the physician must accumulate 15 credit points for each year when they had the licence. Physicians must accumulate at least 20 per cent of credit points required through regular post-graduate training. At least 70 per cent of credit must be acquired in the physician's field of expertise. To ensure regular and continuous professional training, physicians equally distribute regular post-graduate training over a period of seven years.

    The following expert meetings, self-training and training at medical and other institutions are deemed regular post-graduate training:

    • lectures or passive participation at expert meetings;
    • publication of an expert feature in a journal, collection of scientific papers or a monograph;
    • self-training by means of multimedia programmes, study of expert literature with written replies to test questions;
    • study trips and visits;
    • participation in expert lectures.

    The original document of the organiser which includes:

    • name, address and seal of the organiser;
    • address and year of programme and
    • a list of participants with their names, surnames, addresses and signatures is deemed evidence of the physician's participated at an expert meeting by the Medical Chamber.

    Based on a contract signed between the organiser and the Medical Chamber, and the received original document of the organiser proving participation, the Medical Chamber issues the participants a certificate of participation at an expert meeting, and of recognition of a certain number of credit points.

    The Medical Chamber publishes a calendar of expert meetings by determining the number of credit points recognised as suitable for licence extension.

    Applications for the recognition of a certain number of credit points for other types of regular post-graduate training are filed by physicians at the Medical Chamber. For lectures or passive participation at expert meetings abroad to be recognised, the programme of the meeting and certificate of participation must be submitted to the Medical Chamber.

    For the publication of an expert feature in a journal, collection of scientific papers or a monograph to be recognised, the cover with the content of the journal and the first page of the feature must be submitted to the Medical Chamber.

    For self-training by means of multimedia programmes or study of expert literature with written replies to test questions to be recognised, a certificate of an acknowledged provider of the number of points acquired must be submitted.

    Applications may be filed prior to, or after, undergoing regular post-graduate training, but not later than six months after concluding regular post-graduate training. Applications must include documents which show the content of regular post-graduate training, and information about the applicant.

    Each individual post-graduate training may be assessed with a maximum of 20 credit points. One credit point is generally granted for each hour of a lecture. The number of points for each hour of lectures for lecturers as active participants of regular post-graduate training increases by 50 per cent.

    Evidence


    Legal basis

Renewal term

The Medical Chamber of Slovenia notifies the doctor on the expiry of the licence at least 6 months prior to such expiry. At the same time, the Chamber sends the renewal application form and notifies them on the total number of credit points that have been acquired in the current licence period.

For renewing the licence, the doctor submits a complete form at the Chamber and attaches the documentation that proves the fulfilment of conditions. The doctor is obliged to send the Chamber a complete application for licence renewal within 30 days from the receipt of the application form and the notification by the Chamber. Based on a complete application, the Chamber issues a decision on licence renewal.

If the doctor does not submit the evidence, they must pass the professional qualification test within 30 days before the date of the expiry of the licence. A doctor takes the professional qualification test in the professional field of the licence. A doctor who does not pass the professional qualification test or does not take it in the determined period, must attend professional training in the appropriate professional field at their own expense along with regular work.

After concluding additional professional training, the doctor can once again take the professional qualification test. The licence can be renewed for a 7-year licence period based on the evidence of professional qualification for further work in their profession.

Renewal term: 7 years

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Last modified:
8. 9. 2021