The BIG-register is a division of the CIBG. CIBG is an executive agency of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The BIG-register is an up-do-date register containing the details of pharmacists, physicians, physiotherapists, health care psychologists, psychotherapists, dentists, midwives and nurses, and also records any restrictions on their entitlement to practice. This can involve sanctions imposed by a disciplinary board or criminal proceedings.
The BIG-register also issues a Declaration of Professional Competence to care providers wishing to practice in the Netherlands on the basis of a diploma awarded in another country. Only practitioners included in the BIG-register may use the corresponding professional titles and claim the relevant authority. Periodic renewal of registration for psychotherapists, midwives and nurses is introduced in 2009 to ensure that the knowledge and skills of those included in the BIG-register still meet the minimum standards of quality required.
The BIG-register has a social function. In addition to updating and managing the entries in the register, it also provides information about registration to health care professionals, organisations and citizens. Only information that directly concerns the practice of the health care profession is of a public nature. Personal details are not given out. The BIG-register is covered by the Personal Data Protection Act. The personal details of registered health care professionals are well protected.
http://www.fepi.org/docs/country_profils/Prof_NL_EN.pdf (accessed on 08.08.2011).