There is different legislation regarding the registration of foreign nurses in Iceland depending on whether the nurse has received his/her nursing education and original licence/registration in a state that is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) or not. On the website of the Parliament (Althingi) you find Law on Nursing. There you also find the law for other health care professions such as Nurse Associates, the regulation for a Specialist Licence in Nursing and the EEA agreement (all in Icelandic only).
Nurses who received their nursing education and original licence/registration in a state that is a member of the EEA, can apply for recognition of their license in Iceland. Knowledge of Icelandic is not required but this will probably change in 2010 with a new legislation for health care professionals. The EEA agreement for health care professions is at the website of the Parliament (in Icelandic). Applications are made to the Directorate of Health and they require the following documents. To ensure that this information is updated, you are adviced to contact them.
1. A certified proof of your citizenship in an EEA country. A certified photocopy of your passport is sufficient.
2. A statement from the competent authorities in your home country that your training for basic qualifications complies with the training standards laid down in directive 77/452/EBE Article 3, and directive 77/453/EBE Art.1.
3. A certified copy of your diploma showing that you are registered as a nurse in your home country.
4. A certificate of good standing of your licence with the competent authority in the Member State of origin or last residence. This certificate must not be older than three months to ensure its up-to-date validity.
The procedure is more complicated. The Nursing Council of Iceland (on behalf of the Directorate of Health) evaluates the educational background (based on the EEA standards). This commonly takes a few months and does not necessary lead to a licence to practice nursing (RN) in Iceland. Even though the length of the nursing studies is not the sole influencing factor, the minimum of a 36 months nursing program is required. A license is also not granted until a certain level of fluency in Icelandic can be verified. They require the following documents. To ensure that this information is updated, you are adviced to contact them.
1. Certified true copy of your permanent address. A certified true copy of your passport is sufficient.
2. Certified true copy of your nursing licence. The certificate must not be older than 3 months to ensure its up-to-date validity.
3. Certified true copy of your diploma or nursing degree.
4. Certified true copy of details of the nursing studies programme: an outline of the curriculum, the length of the program, a description of the courses with the number of lectures, discussions and clinical work.
5. Certificate of your fluency in Icelandic.
For both groups
All these documents must be "certified true copies" by the respective authorities - photocopies of documents are not accepted. Furthermore, these documents should be written in English or a Nordic language and any translations should be certified by a governmental authority or an official translator. An application form in English is not available.
Please send your application and documents to:
Landlaeknisembættid (Umsokn um hjukrunarleyfi), Austurstrond 5, 170 Seltjarnarnes, Iceland.
Please address all further inquiries directly to The Directorate of Health. The contact person for nurses is Lísa Kjartansdóttir, email: email@example.com, phone 354-5101900, fax 354-5101919.
When you have receieved green light from the Directorate, you are welcome to apply for a nurse's post at Landspitali. You may also contact us previously for information regarding possible employment.
Regulations regarding residence and work permits you find on the "Daily life" site, section "Employment".