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Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is the governing body established by law to overlook the health care sector in the Emirate of Dubai. The Health Regulation Department (HRD) in DHA is solely responsible for licensing Healthcare Professionals with appropriate skills and qualifications to ensure the high quality of health care services and the safety of the population in the Emirate of Dubai.
Healthcare professionals applying for licensure are required to pass DHA assessment in order to acquire professional license and practice in the Emirate of Dubai. The DHA assessment can be either Computer Based or Oral depending on the health professional’s category. Healthcare in Dubai can be divided into two different sectors: public and private. Each Emirate is able to dictate healthcare standards according to their internal laws, although the standards and regulations rarely have extreme differences.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) was created in June 2007, by Law 13 issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. As the strategic health authority for the Emirate of Dubai, the DHA is empowered to set policies and strategies for health and to assure the application of those health policies and strategies. His Excellency Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid is the Director General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). The DHA’s aim in Dubai is to provide an accessible, effective and integrated healthcare system, protect public health and improve the quality of life within the Emirate. This is a direct translation of the objectives of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Keeping the strategic plan in mind, the DHA’s mission is to ensure access to health services, maintain and improve the quality of these services, improve the health status of nationals, residents and visitors and oversee a dynamic, efficient and innovative health sector. In addition to overseeing the health sector for the Emirate of Dubai, the DHA also focuses on providing services through DHA healthcare facilities including hospitals (Al Wasl, Dubai and Rashid), specialty centres (e.g. the Dubai Diabetes Center) and DHA primary health centres spread throughout the Emirate of Dubai.
The main pillars of service delivery at DHA health facilities are quality, efficiency, patients and staff. It is our aim to maintain and/or improve the quality and efficiency of DHA health services. An important aspect of the service delivery strategy is to focus on patients, their needs and satisfaction as well as attract, retain, nurture and support outstanding staff. Please note the Dubai Health Authority Exam check in procedure requires Biometric (Fingerprint) capture to positively identify candidates. Therefore, the DHA exams are only available in test centres and countries that are Biometric enabled. Due to local legislation, we are unable to deliver DHA exams in the following countries: Canada, France , Greece, Ireland and South Africa.
We provide Coaching Classes for the Nurses, Pharmacists and Lab technicians thereby enabling the candidates to face the examinations without fear. Our experienced faculty provides the candidate with up to date information and questionnaires to help them face the examination with confidence.
We undertake examination registration on your behalf. The three processes a candidate has to complete in order to work in Dubai are as follows:
All health professionals applying for licensure are credentialed in accordance with the DHA’s Professional Qualifications Requirements (PQR). The PQR is a comprehensive document which sets out the standards of education, qualification, training, and professional experience that are required of specific health professional categories.
The process through which the DHA validates credentialing information from the institution that originally conferred or issued the credential (e.g. authenticity of educational degrees). This is done through DHA’s partnership with Dataflow group. All health professionals must undergo the PSV process upon initial licensure application or license renewal (for licensed health professionals whose qualifications had not previously undergone PSV). Please note that each document only requires to be verified once. Health professionals may be required to repeat the PSV process for verification of newly acquired credentials/qualifications as required for credentialing purposes (e.g. Acquisition of new educational degree).
The following are the different categories of examinations DHA conducts. We undertake exam registrations for the categories mentioned below.
The following are the categories of examination that could be written outside Dubai at the various PROMETRIC centres:
|Anesthesia||Obstetrics & Gynecology|
|Assistant Nurse||Occupational Therapist|
|Cardiothoracic Surgery||Oral& Maxillofacial Surgery|
|Dental Assistant||Pediatric Dentistry|
|Forensic Medicine||Pharmacy Technician|
|Gastroenterology Doctor||Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|General Practice||Physiotherapy Technician|
|General Surgery||Plastic Surgery|
|Lab Technologist Bachelor||Radiologist|
|Medical Microbiology||Registered Nurse|
|Microbiology technologist||Renal Dialysis Technician|
|Obstetrics & Gynecology||Vascular Surgery|
We provide reference books for candidates who need them. Our faculty update the reference books as per the syllabus set out by the health authority. We provide reference books in Nursing, Pharmacy, Medical Lab Technology, Physiotherapy, for General Practitioners, for Specialist Doctors, books in dentistry, specialist dentistry and for other medical professionals.