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BIG registration

The purpose of the Professions in Individual Health Care (BIG) is to guarantee the quality of care legislatively while protecting patients from incompetent and careless actions. BIG registration is mandatory for twelve healthcare professions.

What is a BIG registration?

The BIG register is part of the BIG Act. This is a legal, online and public register that clarifies a healthcare provider’s competence. Only healthcare providers listed in the BIG register are allowed to use a protected professional title and perform the corresponding acts independently.

Why is there BIG registrations for healthcare personnel?

With almost one and a half million healthcare providers and millions of citizens depending on their expertise and support every day, the healthcare sector plays a crucial role in our society. Because the BIG register provides clarity about a healthcare professional’s capability (the right qualifications), you can presume that they are competent and vigilant in their work. This contributes to the aim of the BIG Act, to ensure that everyone receives high-quality care.

Is BIG registration mandatory for your employees?

The BIG register contains the details of the following professions:

  • pharmacist
  • physician
  • physiotherapist
  • healthcare psychologist
  • clinical technologist
  • remedial educationalist
  • physician assistant
  • psychotherapist
  • dentist
  • obstetrician
  • nurse
  • specialists and doctors in training

These healthcare providers therefore need to be registered in the BIG register.

Requirements for a BIG registration

The professions mentioned above must meet the following conditions to be eligible for a BIG registration:

  • hold a valid professional qualification
  • are not under supervision because of their physical and/or mental condition
  • do not have a professional restriction
  • can demonstrate that they meet the criteria for re-registration every five years
  • have paid for a registration period of five years

Big registration for foreign employees

Healthcare providers with a foreign diploma must take into account additional conditions for a BIG registration. They are only eligible if the diploma obtained is of equivalent content and level to a diploma obtained in the Netherlands. To determine this, the foreign diploma must be officially recognised. There are several procedures in place to determine the validity of a foreign medical diploma. Applicability of each procedure depends on the nationality of the healthcare provider, the country where the diploma was obtained and the profession for which the application is made.

A BIG re-registration

A BIG registration has to be renewed every five years. In order to qualify for re-registration you must be able to prove that you meet the requirements again When the registration has expired, the healthcare provider receives a call to renew their registration. They assess whether someone has sufficient work experience based on a standard number of hours. If the number is not sufficient, ,,they must meet certain training requirements.

Re-registration is important because patients must be able to trust that their healthcare providers are and remain competent. Periodic re-registration in line with certain criteria better ensures quality of care and keeps the register up to date.

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