Stichting Chiropractie Nederland

General information

Anyone interested in working in The Netherlands as a chiropractor should contact the Chiropractic Registration Board for the Netherlands (CRBN) /de Stichting Chiropractie Nederland (SCN).

In order to work in The Netherlands as a chiropractor recognised by the SCN, applicants must fulfil certain requirements, including having graduated from an accredited college and speaking the Dutch language.


One must show proof of graduation from a college accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education that is affiliated with the "Councils on Chiropractic Education International" (CCEI) or "Council on Chiropractic Education - US", or a diploma of an equivalent level, at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the SCN.
Until there is clarity about recognition by the CCE-LA with regard to chiropractic colleges in Latin American countries (Brazil, Chile and Mexico), the diploma of these chiropractic colleges will be considered. This is subject to the applicable rules at the time of registration application to the SCN. There may be a maximum of 6 months between the time of registration application and the time of registration.

Dutch language requirement

All chiropractors who wish to register with the SCN should have a command of the Dutch language at a specific level. This level has been agreed upon by the SCN, based on the awareness and conviction that an independent professional within the chiropractic profession should be able to communicate with patients in the patient’s own language. In addition to patient communication, there is also the importance of communication with other practitioners in the field of Dutch health care.


At the time of registration, non-native speakers must have mastered the Dutch language at level A2 of the Common European Training Framework on the components: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The certificate must show that the chiropractor has passed all language components through testing. This certificate may not be older than 2 years. 


Read more about all our registration conditions and registrationprocedure.

Conditional registration

After completing the Dutch language course and meeting all applicable registration requirements, the chiropractor is eligible for conditional registration. In all cases, he or she may not start working as a chiropractor until proof of conditional registration has been issued and all applicable insurance policies have been taken out.

Registration is in a personal capacity. 


Until the Dutch language requirement at B1 level of the Common European Training Framework is met, work is done under the supervision of the practice supervisor. 

Full registration

To be able to convert the conditional registration into a full registration, the following conditions must be met:

  • The personalized language certificate at level B2 of the Common European Training Framework on the components: reading, writing, listening and speaking has been submitted within the set period at the latest. 
  • The mandatory refresher course Dutch legislation has been followed as soon as possible and a certificate of participation has been submitted.
  • The chiropractor has gained at least 1 year of practical experience at a chiropractic practice in the Netherlands, under the supervision of a (SCN) chiropractor with at least 3 years of work experience as a chiropractor in the Netherlands. This chiropractor is registered in a Dutch register for chiropractors.

More information

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  Requirements after registration »



Are you interested in working in the Netherlands? The Dutch Chiropractors Association (NCA) has an expat helpdesk to assist you with questions about working and living in the Netherlands.

For more general information about working in the Netherlands you can visit the website of the Immigration and naturalisation service. For questions about available vacancies you can contact the NCA.

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