The Road to Residency in UAE health system is operated by four regulatory agencies, namely DHA, HAAD, MOH and DHCC, which are responsible for ensuring that UAE citizens and foreign residents receive the best treatment and medical care possible. These regulators are also responsible for enforcing quality standards for approval through approval testing. Doctors and healthcare professionals must take these exams to be approved to apply for a position and practice in the UAE.

 

Road to Residency in UAE has exemption criteria for HAAD, DHA, MOH and DHCC.


Types of UAE Health Care Licenses are as follows:

  • DHA License: This license is issued by the Dubai Health Authority for hospital jobs in Dubai.
  • HAAD license: This license is issued by the “Abu Dhabi Health Authority” for hospital work in AlAin and Abu Dhabi.
  • MOH License: This license is issued by the "Ministry of Health" for positions in Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm al Quwain.
  • DHCC License: This license is valid for work in Dubai Healthcare City

 

Requirements for participation in the UAE

 

  1. Medical Licensing Exams 1. MBBS or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  2. Doing housework (internship).
  3. Two additional years of clinical experience.

Okay, we've talked about the basics, so without further ado, let's get to the main topic. 🙂

We'll try to keep it as simple as possible so that you clearly understand the exemptions.

The supervisory authorities have defined certain categories of health professions and professionals who are eligible for an exemption from all components of the approval test, provided that DHA, HAAD, MOH, DHCC. the criteria are met (listed in the tables below).

It’s to motivate healthcare professionals to apply for a DHA, HAAD, MOH, DHCC license to practice in the UAE and ensure that regulations are efficiently and effectively enforced.

List of the country-specific competent authorities and recognized health professions that are exempted from the licensing test:

  1. The United States of America
  2. Australia,
  3. Canada,
  4. Ireland,
  5. New Zealand,
  6. South Africa,
  7. The United Kingdom

 

  1. Medical Practitioner
    Applicants who provide evidence of valid exam for the following recognized international exams (see below) are exempt from ALL COMPONENTS of the entrance exam under Professional Qualification Requirements (PQR):

REGIONS

EXEMPTIONS

ABBREVIATIONS

USA

Medical Licensing Examination Step III - United States

USMLE Step III

Canada

Canada Qualifying Examination Part II - Medical Council of

MCCQE part II

Australia

Medical Council Examination - Australia

AMC

New Zealand

Registration Examination - New Zealand

NZREX

UK

*Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board test (PLAB I and II) with valid registration with the General Medical Council (GMC, UK)

PLAB II

 

  1. Consultant Doctors
    Applicants who provide valid evidence for the following recognized international examinations (see below) are exempt from ALL COMPONENTS of the admission examination in terms of the professional qualification requirements (PQR):

 

REGIONS

EXEMPTIONS

USA

Medical Specialty Certification – American Board

UK

C.C.S.T. or
C.C.T. or
CESR or proof of UK C.C.T. specialties or
Certification of Training in GP

Australia

Royal College Certification

Canada

RCPS or CFPC

New Zealand

Royal College Certification

 

  1. Specialist Consultant
    Applicants who provide valid evidence for the following recognized international examinations (see below) will be exempted from ALL COMPONENTS of the license examination in accordance with the requirements of the professional qualification (PQR):

 

REGIONS

EXEMPTIONS

USA

Medical Specialty Certification – American Board

UK

C.C.S.T. or C.C.T. or GPST

CESR or proof of UK C.C.T.specialties

Australia

Royal College Certification

Canada

RCPS or CFPC

New Zealand

Royal College Certification