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Regulated social welfare and healthcare professional's ID card

  • Service
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

The healthcare smart card is meant for social welfare and healthcare professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists, nurses and psychologists. With a smart card, you can log securely into the healthcare data systems as well as sign patient documents and prescriptions electronically. The cards work with contactless access management technology.

The healthcare smart card is personal and tied to the cardholder’s professional practice right. A social welfare and healthcare professional can use their one card to work at all national healthcare organisations.

The smart card is valid for 5 years, unless the validity of the practice right is somehow limited.

The front side shows the card's period of validity and serial number, the cardholder's registration number, first and second name as well as their professional title. The reverse side includes, for example, the card's serial number. You can order the card with or without a picture.

The cardholder must always order a new card if the certificate data content or the details printed on the card have changed. Such changes could concern, for example, the second name or information about the professional practice right. You should also order a new card if the card is damaged or lost.

The delivery time for the card is approximately two weeks.

Do the following

If your healthcare smart card is still valid but you need a new card, you can order it from the WebVartti service. You can only order a card from WebVartti if it is the same as your earlier card.

If you are ordering your first card, or your earlier card is no longer valid, you must order a card from the registration point of public health service. The list of registration points is posted on the Digital and Population Data Services Agency’s website.

It is recommended to book a time at the registration point in advance. You can book a time for some of the registration points using a booking service. You can also book a time by contacting the registration point. Please bring a valid identity document, such as an ID card or passport, to the registration point. Valid passports or ID cards issued by an authority of a member state of the European Economic Area, Switzerland or San Marino, or a passport issued by some other nation's authority are also accepted for identification. If the applicant does not hold any of these documents, the police may verify their identity by other methods upon request.

The registration points use the Vartti system for the card applications. The system checks the professional practice right from Valvira's Terhikki or Suosikki register.

The smart card will be delivered to the address the applicant has announced if the applicant has been identified already when ordering the card. If the applicant is identified upon delivery, the card will be sent to the registration point.

The smart card must be activated before its electric properties can be used. In order to activate the card, you will need a card access number which will be sent to you in a separate letter. When activating the card, you will create two personal PIN codes for it. You will need the PIN codes when using the card, for example, for logging into the services or signing electronically.

If the card is lost or broken, the certificate must be disabled by contacting the revocation service.

To whom and on what terms

The healthcare smart card is meant for the social welfare and healthcare professionals, whose professional practice right is listed in the Terhikki or Suosikki registers kept by Valvira, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.

If the applicant has no valid practice right registered on Terhikki or Suosikki, or the professional's information has not been registered at all, the smart card cannot be ordered.

The service is free of charge.

The smart card is always free of charge, but the registration points of public health service may charge a service fee. You can check if there is a service fee at the registration point. You can view the fee of some of the registration points on the booking service.

Basic information

The service is provided byDigital and Population Data Services Agency
Responsible for the serviceDigital and Population Data Services Agency
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Digital and Population Data Services Agency
Updated: 7/13/2020