The Bundeszahnärztekammer – Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Deutschen Zahnärztekammern e. V. (BZÄK)
The Bundeszahnärztekammer is the professional representation of all dentists in Germany.
The Bundeszahnärztekammer (German Dental Association) represents the health and professional policy-related interests of the dental profession. Thereby the German Dental Association is committed to common welfare. Its principle aim is to strive for a liberal, future-oriented health care system. The German Dental Association stipulates progressive dental health care based on scientific knowledge, positioning the patient within the center.
The Bundeszahnärztekammer (BZÄK), Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Deutschen Zahnärztekammern e.V., is the body bringing together the German federal states' dental chambers.
The Federal Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the Bundeszahnärztekammer. It is composed of delegates designated by the federal states' dental chambers.
The Board of the BZÄK is composed of the BZÄK President, the Presidents of the different federal states' dental chambers and the two Vice Presidents (provided they are not already a member of said board in their capacity as President of a federal states' dental chamber). The Executive Board consists of the President and two Vice-Presidents.
The Bundeszahnärztekammer’s head office is in Berlin. The Europe / International Department is also hosted by the BZÄK as European representatives in Brussels. The Agency for Quality in Dentistry (Zentrum Zahnärztliche Qualität -ZZQ) in Berlin is a joint initiative of the Bundeszahnärztekammer in cooperation with the German national association of statutory health insurance dentists (Kassenzahnärztliche Bundesvereinigung - KZBV).
In principle, you as a foreign dentist are entitled to practise dentistry in Germany.
If you do not intend to work in Germany for more than two years then you can apply for a permit to temporarily practise dentistry. A temporary permit to practise can only be granted upon application, which requires proof of completed dental education and training.
A temporary professional permit is not needed if the dental education and training in question was completed in an EU member state, another signatory state to the European Economic Area (EEA) or in Switzerland.
In order to permanently practise as a dentist in Germany you must first apply for and be granted a German license (called 'Approbation'). This can be granted upon application if the following conditions are met:
- the dentistry education and training is equivalent to that in Germany
- you have not been found guilty of any conduct that would render you unsuitable or unfit to practise dentistry
- you are not unfit to practise for health reasons
- you have the level of German language skills required to practise your profession.
All qualifications listed in the annex to the German Dentistry Act (Zahnheilkundegesetz) are recognised as being equivalent.
If you have a different qualification, then its equivalency must be assessed and determined on a case-by-case basis.
Please contact the competent authorities of the federal state in which you wish to practise for the necessary documents and for help with any questions relating to your application for a German license.
Health Service Authorities for the federal states (contact details)
We also recommend contacting the dental chambers for the federal state in which you wish to work. They will be able to provide you with further information.
(Federal state-) dental chambers (contact details)
Department for European and International Affairs in Brussels
Department for European and International Affairs
1, Avenue de la Renaissance
Tel: +32 2 7328415
Fax: +32 2 7355679
The Bundeszahnärztekammer has had its own representation in Brussels since 1993. Dr. Alfred Büttner is the Head of the Department European and International Affairs.