Practising as a Dentist and/or Specialised Dentist
In order to practise as a “Dentist” in the Republic of Cyprus, one must be registered in the Cyprus Dentist Register, to the provisions of the “Registration of Dentists Law (Cap.249)”, as periodically amended.
Who is Eligible
Any person is entitled to be registered as a dentist in the Cyprus Dentist Register if the Cyprus Dental Council is satisfied that:
(a) is at least 21 years old;
(b) (i) is a citizen of the Republic;
(ii) is a spouse or child of a citizen of the Republic who is habitually resident in the Republic;
(iii) is a citizen of another Member State;
(c) holds one of the diplomas, certificates or other titles referred to in the Third Annex of the Dentists’ Registration Law (Cap.249) or is a holder of a diploma or other title not mentioned in the Third Annex, but which complies with the requirements of the Fourth Annex, is recognised by the KY.S.A.T.S. and is approved by the Cyprus Dental Council, or covered under the provisions of Article 4A;
(d) is a person of good character, providing for that purpose a certificate of clear criminal record or, in the case of a citizen of a Member State, a certificate from the competent authority of the Member State of establishment or origin certifying that the conditions of morality or honesty required in that State for taking up the activities of the dentist are fulfilled or where that Member State does not require proof of morality or honesty in undertaking those activities, a copy of clear criminal record or another equivalent document from the State of establishment or origin, provided that the certificate does not exceed a period of three months from the date of issue;
(e) he/she was not prohibited elsewhere from practicing dentistry on the grounds of conduct inconsistent with his/her profession.
Clarifications for holders of third-country diplomas
For registration in the Register of a citizen of a Member State holding a diploma, certificate or other title acquired in a third country, the Cyprus Dental Council shall take into account any recognition of that diploma, certificate or other qualification by another Member State and of the training and/or professional experience acquired by the person concerned in another Member State or in a third country.
For registration in the Register of a citizen of a Member State holding a diploma, certificate or other evidence of employment acquired in a third country, the Cyprus Dental Council shall recognise that diploma, certificate or other dental evidence acquired in a third country, provided that the person concerned has three years of professional experience in the territory of the Member State which has recognised that title and that such professional experience is certified by that Member State.
The Cyprus Dental Council may, where it has justified doubts, request from the competent authorities of another Member State a certificate of authenticity of the diplomas, certificates, certificates or attestations of the person concerned issued in that State referred to in the Third Annex or Article 4A and a certificate of the fact that the applicant fulfills all the training requirements laid down in the Fourth Annex.
Where to Apply
The application can be submitted, by hand or post, directly to the Competent Authority:
Cyprus Dental Council
28th October Avenue Νο. 1,
Engomi Business Centre,
Block B, Office 205, 2414 Engomi
P.O. Box 27898, 2434 Engomi, Nicosia
Telephone: +357 22819819,
Fax: +357 22819815,
Which Certificates must be Submitted
The original completed application form must be accompanied by the following documents:
a) Original Birth Certificate or other proof of nationality (certified copy of identity card or passport by the District Administration or the Citizen’s Service Centre);
b) Original Degree along with a certified copy (from the academic institution that issued the original document or the Cyprus Embassy or Consulate or a lawyer certifying the copy and confirming in greek writing that he/she has inspected the original document(s) and that the document/s he/she is certifying is a true copy of the original document);
c) Certified copy of Official Transcript (Grade Analysis, from the academic institution that issued the original document or the Cyprus Embassy or Consulate or a lawyer certifying the copy and confirming in Greek writing that he/she has inspected the original document(s) and that the document/s he/she is certifying is a true copy of the original document);
d) Original Certificate of Clear Criminal Record (from the competent authority of the country of origin or that of the current professional status should be updated and the date of issue at the time of the application submission should not exceed a period of three months);
e) Receipt indicating «application for a registration name of the applicant» for the transfer of the amount of €50 to the bank account of the Cyprus Dental Council;
f) Original or Certified Copy of the Certificate of “Good Character” or “Current Professional Status”, issued by the Competent Authorities of the member state or member states in which you have worked in the past (for citizens of other Member States);
g) Certificate of knowledge of the Greek language at the level of C1 (for citizens of other Member States).
Additional certificates for holders of third-country diplomas:
h) Holders of degrees from third countries (other than the European Economic Area) must provide a certificate of compatibility of their degree (equivalence and correspondence) according to directive 2005/36 from the competent authority of their country;
i) Degree holders from third countries (other than the European Economic Area) must provide a certificate of practicing dentistry for three consecutive years, the last five years from the competent authority of the country of their descent or from where they obtained their degree or another member state that has recognised the equivalence and correspondence of their degree;
j) A Certified copy of the specialisation title. For specialisation titles awarded by third countries, the specialisation title must be accompanied by certificates from the educational institutions where you have either worked or studied confirming the length of your practice by the log book which indicates the full-time active participation to the study program according to the article 6 of the Dentists Regulations (Specialties) 2004-2009;
• All documents to be submitted to the Cyprus Dental Council must be original or certified copies. In case the original certificates are not in the Greek or English language they must be translated into Greek and certified. The original certificates/diplomas should be submitted with their copies translated and certified if needed;
• The certificates of clear criminal record from the competent authority of the country of origin or that of the current professional status should be updated and the date of issue at the time of the application submission should not exceed the period of three months;
• To practice dentistry in Cyprus, according to the legislation, knowledge of the Greek language is a prerequisite. The Cyprus Dental Council may invite foreign applicants to a personal interview to assess the level of knowledge of the Greek language. For the assessment of the level of knowledge of the Greek language, is desired by the foreign applicants to present a certificate of knowledge of the Greek language of C1 level;
• Certified copies must meet the following:
Original copy with a declaration of true copy from:
• The institution issued the document or
• The Cyprus Embassy or Consulate or
• The lawyer certifying the copy must confirm in greek writing that he has inspected the original document(s) and that the document he is certifying is a “true copy of the original document”. The identity card or passport must be certified by the District Administration or the Citizen’s Service Centre.
Certifications by municipal authorities or certified officers are not accepted.
• For the temporary provision of services in the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, a declaration has to be submitted which includes details of any insurance cover or other means of personal or collective protection in respect of professional liability. (Section 7(1) Directive 2005/36/EC), meaning professional liability which expressly covers practicing as a dentist in the territory of the Republic of Cyprus;
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
• Application submission fee of €50 must be paid, the receipt must indicate «application for registration/name of the applicant» transfer of the amount to the bank account of the Cyprus Dental Council at the Bank of Cyprus:
Cyprus Dental Council
Details Account Number:357027399660
IBAN No.: CY09 0020 0195 0000 3570 2739 9660
SWIFT CODE: BCYPCY2N
• For the issuance of a Certificate of Registration to the Cyprus Dentist Register fee of €300 must be paid to the Cyprus Dental Council’s bank account (as above), the receipt must indicate «Registration to the Dentist Register/Full Name of Dentist»;
• For the issuance of the certificate of recognition of specialty the fee of €350 must be paid to the Cyprus Dental Council’s bank account (as above), the receipt must indicate «Recognition of Specialty/Full Name of Dentist».
The Cyprus Dental Council acknowledges receipt of the application within one month of receiving the application and informs the applicant of any missing documents.
The Cyprus Dental Council shall decide on the registration of the applicant in the Cyprus Dentist Register, and inform the applicant, within a maximum of three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
In case the application is rejected or the Cyprus Dental Council does not adopt a decision within the predefined period, the Cyprus Dental Council shall draw up a reasoned decision and notify the applicant.
In such a case the applicant has the right to file an Administrative Action under Article 146 of the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus.
Licence Validity Period
The annual practising licence expires on the 31st day of December following the date of its issue.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
A person who is not satisfied by a Council decision may, within twenty (20) days of the date on which the Council’s decision is notified to him/her, challenge that decision by written Administrative Action to the Minister of Health; this provision is regulated in the Health Professionals Registration Councils (Exercise of Hierarchical Administrative Action) Law of 2017.
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative Court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated for.
However, such revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.