Ten things to arrange before starting as a foreign dentist (from the EEA) in the Netherlands

In recent years, it has become easier to work in another country. Especially if you want to move within Europe. Nevertheless, it takes a lot of effort to gather all the required information to actually begin working as a dentist in the Netherlands. As the largest association in the Netherlands for oral care professionals, the KNMT would like to offer a helping hand.

 

Ten things to arrange before beginning work as a foreign dentist (from the European Economic Area) in the Netherlands

1. Learning Dutch

2. Listing in the BIG register

3. Obtaining a radiology certificate

4. Titer testing

5. Registering in the Netherlands

6. Becoming a KNMT member

7. Opening a Dutch bank account

8. Getting health insurance

9. Using the 30% tax facility

10. Finding somewhere to live

 

1. Learning Dutch

The Dutch Medical Treatment Contracts Act (WGBO) specifies that any person providing care must be able to communicate in a language that can be understood by the client – so foreign dentists working in the Netherlands must be able to speak Dutch. The level specified is B2+ (level B2 (independent user) plus interactive medical Dutch). Organisations offering language courses for health care workers include: Dutch in Dialogue, Taleninstituut and Babel.

 

2. Listing in the BIG register

The title of dentist is protected in the Netherlands. It may only be used by dentists who are listed in the BIG (Individual Health Care Professions Act) register. As a dentist, you will also need to be admitted to the BIG before you are able to secure a job in a Dutch clinic. BIG is a register for all healthcare professionals working in the Netherlands. Learn more about your BIG registration

 

3. Obtaining a radiology certificate

Certificates from other countries are not accepted by Dutch clinics. You therefore have to do a radiology course, for example the course offered by ACTA. (Dutch only)

 

4. Titer testing

To be able to prove that your body has produced enough antibodies against Hepatitis B, it is important to do a titer test. The related document can be acquired by having a test done at a hospital or via a doctor. If you take this test in the Netherlands, you can be certain it will meet Dutch standards.

 

5. Registering in the Netherlands

Before you can get anything done in the Netherlands, such as opening a bank account or signing an employment contract, you will first have to register with your local Dutch municipality (gemeente in Dutch). Initially this will be as a non-resident (RNI: Registratie Niet-Ingezetene). You must state that you will remain in the country for no longer than four months. Upon registration, you will receive a citizen service number (BSN). After you find a job and housing, you can make another appointment to register as a permanent resident.

 

6. Becoming a KNMT member

The KNMT, the Royal Dutch Dental Organisation, is the largest association in the Netherlands for oral care professionals. The KNMT represents the interests of dentists and promotes the quality of dental care in the Netherlands. As an association with over 8000 members, the KNMT has a tremendous pool of professional knowledge, quality, experience and ambition. Dentists in the Netherlands are legally required to provide patients with the opportunity to submit a complaint if they are not satisfied. The KNMT can provide you with information on a suitable complaints procedure (the KNMT Klachtenregeling). As a member, you can also join IQual, the KNMT study programme, to stay informed and meet other colleagues from the region you will be working in. Please join us!

 

7. Opening a Dutch bank account

In order to receive your salary from a Dutch employer, you will need a Dutch bank account. Take along your ID and RNI letter (which you will receive after registering with your local Dutch municipality as a non-resident) to a Dutch bank. Banks such as ABN AMRO, Rabobank and ING have branches throughout the Netherlands.

 

8. Getting health insurance

When you are living or working in the Netherlands, basic health insurance is mandatory. Within 4 months of your arrival in the Netherlands, you will have to enroll with a health insurer.  The Dutch health insurance consists of a mandatory health insurance and an optional supplementary insurance. 

  • Basic health insurance covers basic medical care, hospital treatment, maternity care and most medical products.
  • Supplementary insurance covers medical care that is not included in the mandatory health insurance, for example dental care for adults and physiotherapy. 

The insurance packages may differ greatly depending on which company you choose and how many treatments you wish to get cover for. To find a health insurance scheme that fits your needs, check websites such as www.independer.nl/Zorgverzekering or www.pricewise.nl/Zorgverzekering.

 

9. Using the 30% tax facility

The 30% tax facility allows expats living and working in the Netherlands to receive a tax rebate if their annual income is above a certain amount. You can apply for the 30% tax facility for a period of up to eight years. The 30% tax facility also comes with extra benefits, such as being able to replace your driving licence with a Dutch one for free. The 30% tax facility applies to employees recruited outside the Netherlands or seconded from a country other than the Netherlands to work in the Netherlands. If you wish to avail yourself of the 30% tax facility, it must be included in your contract. Learn more here

 

10. Finding somewhere to live

One of the last steps in the process is finding yourself a new home. How easy or difficult it is to find a place to live varies greatly depending on the area. A handy place to start is Funda, both for buying and renting flats and houses.

 

Questions? Get in touch

If you are considering working as a dentist in the Netherlands and you have questions, you can always contact the KNMT Members Service, which can be reached workdays from 8:30 AM to 5 PM (T: +31 (0)30 607 6380). You can also submit your questions by email.

Disclaimer: The KNMT has taken the utmost care in compiling the information in this overview. Nevertheless, the KNMT cannot accept any liability for the accuracy of the information or any consequences that may result. No part of this publication may be copied, published or made available to third parties without the explicit written permission of the KNMT.