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The Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DoH) is the authoritative body overlooking the healthcare industry in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi. It sets strategies for the healthcare industry and analyses the overall health conditions of UAE nationals and the residents of the Emirate as well as the medical facilities.
DoH also creates programs to raise awareness about adopting healthy living standards in Abu Dhabi. Besides designing a framework, it also inspects the hospitals in case of regulation violations and enforces standards.
This healthcare industry governing body currently regulates over 65 hospitals and more than 770 clinics in Abu Dhabi. The Department of Health Abu Dhabi offers services to both public and the healthcare professionals in the emirate. So if you are a healthcare professional, you can go through the following sections to understand what is a HAAD license and how you can apply for it to practice in the emirate.
To work in the healthcare industry in the UAE, all practitioners are required to have a professional license. The eligibility criteria, however, differ as per the profession. In Abu Dhabi, the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (previously called Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD)) issues the license. The disciplines that need the license include
This license is valid for 5 years from the license examination date. During the entire practice tenure, the health professional must ensure that the medical license remains valid and have it renewed at least 3 months before its expiry. To get this license, the professionals also need to provide a No Objection Certificate from their hospital.
To obtain a DoH License, you can complete the following procedures discussed in three stages.
You will have to undergo a verification process with the Data Flow first to obtain your DoH license. For this, keep the following aspects in mind –
Once the process is concluded, you will receive the login credentials through the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi website. Log in to the account and provide the details in the licensing system section to complete the application form. The application process, however, will be completed when you provide the required documents like the DHA license, official dataflow certificate, and standing certificate.
To register for the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi license exam, you can –
Note - Some professionals may be exempted from giving the DoH exam. Other than that, if you are a professional above the age of 60 years, you would be required to take the yearly Medical Fitness Examination from SEHA facilities.
Note: You can give the exam only 3 times.
The following are the documents necessary to obtain a DoH license in Abu Dhabi –
It’s crucial to note that all these documents are to be translated into English before submission.
The following is a rundown of the license fees for different medical practices –
Medical professionals are required to renew their license every 5 years from the time of clearing their exam. The facilities sponsoring the professionals can make a request on their behalf to apply for license renewal.
Follow the steps given below to apply for license renewal –
Provide the following documents to renew the DoH license –
Note - If the license is not renewed within 6 months of expiry, it will be cancelled as per the law. Additionally, applicants need to pay a penalty if they don’t apply for renewal before the license is about to expire.
You can convert your DHA license to a DoH license only if you have been working under the DHA license for at least 6 months. To change your DHA license to a DoH license, you should also have a good standing certificate from the DHA account. You can avail of this certificate within 15 days of application for a fee of AED 520.
To convert your DHA certificate to a Department of Health - Abu Dhabi license, follow these steps –
You can have your health department Abu Dhabi license reissued if you need to change your personal details or link name and nationality, or if you have misplaced your original DoH license.
Here’s how you can get your license reissued –
A fee of AED 100 will be charged to reissue the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi license.
You can cancel the DoH license in case you don’t wish to work for the healthcare industry in Abu Dhabi. The process for this includes the following steps –
To cancel your DoH license, you will be required to pay a fee of AED 100.
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