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2016

• May issue of the Joint Action Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting Newsletter

26/05/2016. The May issue of the Joint Action Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting newsletter focuses on the Closure event and plenary assembly held on May 3rd and 4th in Mons, Belgium. The newsletter includes a state of play of the Joint Action Working Packages and last actions of the programme, which ends on June 2016.

More information available on the Joint Action website.


• CPME Statement on cooperation in the European Union

25/05/2016. On May 25, the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) adopted a Statement on cooperation in the European Union, in which CPME recalls its commitment to the benefits of cooperation in the EU, both at the institutional and governmental level, as well as between National Medical Associations. Furthermore, CPME highlights that the European Union protects fundamental rights of the EU citizens and provides a legal framework for the mobility of doctors and patients. CPME therefore appeals to doctors, citizens and governments to consider the benefits of cooperation in the EU and to remain committed to the European project.

More information on the CPME website.


• EMOs Continuing Professional Development Conference Report

29.04.2016. A joint conference was organized on December 18, 2015, in Luxembourg by the European Medical Organizations (EMOs) on Continuous and Professional Development. On this occasion, the European Medical Organizations adopted a consensus Statement following the revised Directive 2013/55/EU amending Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications and Regulation EU No 1024/2012 on administrative cooperation through the Internal Market Information System (‘the IMI Regulation’).

The report of the conference is available by clicking on this link.


• Joint Action Closure Event & Plenary Assembly - 3-4 May 2016, Mons, Belgium

20.04.2016. The Joint Action Closure event, "Towards sustainable health workforce for Europe", along with the Plenary Assembly and Stakeholder Forum will be held in Mons, Belgium, on 3-4 May, 2016. The Closure event will focus on the presentation of the Joint Action deliverables that have been produced since the last Plenary Assembly held in Madrid on March 2015. The event will also focus on the sustainability and next steps as well as report on the evaluation of the Joint Action.

More information and programme of the closure event on the Joint Action website.


• Save the Date - HPCB Conference on October 28, 2016

08.04.2016. The 2016 Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders (HPCB) Conference will take place on Friday 28 October in London. It will be jointly hosted by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Medical Council.

The conference will bring together European healthcare professional regulators, professional bodies, national government representatives and European Commission stakeholders. The agenda will focus on the lessons learnt from the implementation of the recognition of professional qualifications Directive, with a special focus on the European professional card and alert mechanism.

Information will be published on the HPCB website and upcoming editions of the HPCB update.


• CEOM Plenary Meeting in Coimbra, Portugal, June 3-4 - Registration Open

30.03.2016. Dr. José Manuel Monteiro de Carvalho e Silva, President of the Ordem dos Médicos de Portugal, and Dr. Nicolino D'Autilia, President of the CEOM, are pleased to invite you to Coimbra on the occasion of the next CEOM Plenary Meeting on Saturday 4th of June, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Quinta das Lágrimas Palace, Rua António Augusto Gonçalves 3041-901 COIMBRA, PORTUGAL.

The Ordem dos Médicos created a dedicated website on which the meeting registration and the hotel reservation should be done together: http://ceom2016.admeus.net/forms/index?menu=yes

All the information about the venue of the meeting and how to get to Coimbra from Lisbon and Porto are available on the website.

All meeting documents will be available in the Meetings section of the CEOM website.

The meeting registration and hotel reservation must be done by April 17 at the latest.


• HPCB Newsletter - March 2016

24.03.2016. The March 2016 edition of the HPCB Crossing Borders Update is now available. This update includes details on the entry into force of the 2013/55/EU Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications and the launch of the European Professional Card (EPC). The newsletter also features the latest CEOM updates and a summary of the third Joint Action Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting Conference.

More information on the HPCB website.


• Revision of the “Coercive measures in medicine” guidelines

20.01.2016. The Central Ethical Committee of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences develops guidelines and recommendations for medical practice and biomedical research. In 2015, the commission revised the guidelines on coercive measures in medicine in order to provide doctors with practical help on this issue. Although patients should in principle be able to give consent independently to medical interventions, there are however situations in which coercive measures cannot be avoided.

The guidelines are available in English, French, German and Italian.


• “Healthy Ecuador, Let’s Go” Program for Doctor Mobility to Ecuador

25/02/2016. The government of Ecuador launched in 2015 the “Healthy Ecuador, Let’s Go” initiative, a program that invites foreign or Ecuadorian doctors living abroad to contribute to the knowledge transfer to Ecuador. The program aims at strengthening medical care in hospitals and healthcare centers in the country.

More information on the program is available in the Jobs and Practicesection.


CEOM Wikipedia webpage

12.02.2016. The European Council of Medical Orders now has a Wikipedia webpage in French. Its purpose is to inform the general public on CEOM's activities and to make the adopted documents and statements more visible.


• Update of the "Jobs and Practice" webpage

20.01.2016. The “Jobs and practice” page of the CEOM website is publicly available with the conditions of practice, the public online registers of doctors and the national ethics codes of the CEOM participants. Job offers in the medical sector in the European Union are also accessible on the page.


• European Medical Organizations Conference on CPD

08.01.2016. A joint conference was organized on December 18, 2015, in Luxembourg by the European Medical Organizations (EMOs) on Continuous and Professional Development. On this occasion, the European Medical Organizations adopted a consensus Statement following the revised Directive 2013/55/EU amending Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications and Regulation EU No 1024/2012 on administrative cooperation through the Internal Market Information System (‘the IMI Regulation’).


2015

• World Medical Association Ethics Manual

04.01.2016. In 2015, the World Medical Association published the third edition of the Medical Ethics Manual. Available in English, French, Spanish, German, and Slovenian, the Manual aims at giving "an appreciation of the need for continual reflection on the ethical dimension of medicine, and especially on how to deal with the ethical issues encountered in practice".


• Doctors around the globe tackle climate change and fossil fuels

04.12.2015. On December 4, 2015, the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), the French Medical Council (CNOM), the World Medical Association (WMA) and the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA) organized in the CNOM headquarters in Paris the event “Health professionnals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate”. Public health advocates from all around the world had the opportunity to share their success stories on health protection and climate change and air pollution mitigation.

The press release of the event is available in English here and all the event documents are available on the HEAL website. Watch the video of the event here . In addition, the French Medical Council has recently issued a  webzine on health and climate change promoting the positive effects on health of the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.


• CEOM November 2015 Plenary meeting results - Sanremo

27.11.2015. 10 medical Orders attended the meeting: Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Switzerland. Four guest institutions also attended the meeting: The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), the European Federation of Salaried Doctors (FEMS), the Institute of Global Health of the University of Geneva, and the Italian Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (INMP).

Adopted texts

The following texts were adopted by the CEOM participants during the Sanremo plenary meeting:

Statement of the CEOM on the impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on health and the medical profession
Deontological guidelines on medical research and therapeutic tests, conflict of interest, the appropriate prescribing of medications, professional updating and CME-CPD


• Annual Spanish-Portuguese Medical Associations Meeting

30.11.2015. On November 10-11, in Lisbon, the Ordem dos Médicos de Portugal and the Consejo General de Médicos de España held their annual bilateral meeting. On this occasion the Portuguese and Spanish Orders adopted the Declaration of Lisbon which sums up the debates that took place during the meeting.

The Declaration of Lisbon is available in Portuguese, Spanish and English.


• General Assembly of the World Medical Association

27.10.2015. The World Medical Association General Assembly took place in October in Moscow. Several CEOM participants are members of the WMA. Various policies were adopted, among them:

A statement on providing health support to street children, one on mobile health, another one on physicians well-being, a statement on transgender people, aiming at enabling doctors to increase their knowledge on specific health issues, and an emergency resolution urging governments and international organizations to provide health care to refugees. Finally, delegates demanded an independent enquiry into the bombing on the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

More information on the WMA Website.


• European Day organized by the Spanish Medical Council

02/10/2015. On September 18th, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the integration of Spain within the European Union, the Spanish Medical Council organized a European Day of the medical profession in Madrid, in the premises of the Permanent representation of the EU Institutions. Members of the French, Italian, and Portuguese Orders attended the event. The Spanish Medical Council held three roundtables during the day. The first one gave health professionals the opportunity to express their concerns about the trade agreement currently being discussed between the United States and the European Union. The second one focused on cross-border care. The last roundtable allowed participants to summarize the ideas developed during the day.

The conclusions of the European Day are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

Unión Profesional, an association of 34 Spanish professional orders, published a practical guide to publicize the role of professional orders to the general public. Click here to download it.


• CEOM signed Alzheimer Europe's Glasgow Declaration

24.08.2015. The European Council of Medical Orders signed the Glasgow Declaration, adopted in October 2014 by Alzheimer Europe. The Declaration calls for the creation of a European Dementia Strategy and national strategies in every European country. The signatories also call upon world leaders to recognize dementia as a public health priority and to develop a global action plan on the issue.

The full text of the Declaration is available here.


• HPCB Newsletter - July 2015

31.07.2015. The July edition of the HPCB Crossing Borders Update is now available. This update includes details on the Secondary legislation on EPC and FtP alert mechanism, European Union institutional developments such as MEPs call for improvement of patient safety, CEOM news, and Joint Action Health Workforce update.

More information on the HPCB website.


• Health literacy in Europe - Empowering patients : How can technology contribute to improving health literacy?

09.07.2015. On July 1st, the Science and Technology Options Assessment unit of the European Parliament (STOA) organized a workshop about “Health literacy in Europe – Empowering patients how can technology contribute to improving health literacy?” to learn how new technologies can help patients to become more independent and improve health literacy. According to STOA Chair MEP Paul Rübig (EPP, Austria), “It is critical to guarantee that citizens can make decisions about their own health (…) we have to work also on legislation to protect privacy”. Concluding the workshop, MEP Karin Kadenbach (S&D, Austria) said that “Low health literacy has proved to have a direct impact on the management and chronic conditions, productivity levels, mortality rate and overall healthcare costs”.

More information on the European Parliament Website.


• Health commissioner brings up the question of revision of EU treaties

02.07.2015. In an article published in the online journal POLITICO, Health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis explains his desire to expand the role of the European Union in health. In fact, the Lisbon Treaty only gives the EU "supporting competence" to Member States. Health policies remain an exclusive competence belonging to Member States. Giving the EU more powers in terms of health policies would imply revision of the EU treaties.

Read the full article here.


• Health must be addressed by the International Climate Conference (COP21) - Joint Declaration of the French Public Health Association, the French Society of Environmental Health, and the French Medical Council

29.06.2014. In a Joint Declaration, the French Public Health Association, the French Society of Environmental Health, the French Medical Council and their European and International partners - including CEOM - ask negociators to address health in December during the Paris International Climate Conference (COP21).

The signatories recall the role of health professionals in providing healthcare for the victims of climate change consequences and ask the French authorities to explicitly include health in the final negociations and commitments of COP21.

The full text of the Joint Declaration is available here.


• Adoption of the CEOM Statement on the use of mobile health (mHealth) in the European Union

18.06.2015. The European Council of Medical Orders adopted during its plenary meeting in Luxembourg the CEOM Statement on the use of mobile health (mHealth) in the European Union. It underscores the deontological aspects which have to be considered during the reflection on mobile health.

1. A European legal framework should be provided for all mHealth applications and connected objects (including applications and connected objects related to the way of life and the well-being of people) which do not fall within the scope of the European medical device regulations in order to provide possible restrictions on their marketing based on the risks they would mean for human health and safety.

2. A high level of health and safety protection must be guaranteed to the patient whose medical support (diagnosis, patient's treatment and monitoring) is conducted by mHealth tools that are not medical devices as defined in the European legislation.

3. Public and regulatory authorities (both national and European) implementing policies that promote the use of mHealth devices commit to ensure public health through technical and technological security measures, and informational measures.

4. While providing medical support, the physician uses certified mHealth technologies, when their use is medically justified and motivated by the patient's interests.

5. The patient's rights as a user of mHealth applications to his personal data protection, particularly those related to his health, must be respected by developers, suppliers and sellers so that appropriate safeguards are implemented.


• CEOM June 2015 Plenary meeting results - Luxembourg

12.06.2015. Thirteen Orders attended the meeting: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom. Four guest organisations also attended the meeting: the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), the INPHET Network, and the Finnish Medical Association.

Adopted texts

The following texts were adopted by the participants during the Luxembourg plenary meeting:


• Open letter from the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, Doctors of the World and the European Public Health Alliance to the EU Ministers of Health

17.06.2015. Ahead of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumers (EPSCO) Council meeting in Luxembourg on 19 June 2015, three non-governmental organizations called on EU Health Ministers in an open letter to take action on migrants health. The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, Doctors of the World, and the European Public Health Alliance reminded Member States about their April 2014 agreement on the promotion of access to healthcare for all migrants, as well as the need for "special health services for particularly vulnerable migrant groups". The letter, co-signed by several European associations including CEOM, asks the EU Health Ministers to "challenge EU and national policies on migration which undermine public health objectives, and use the tools available at European level to drive developments towards universal access to healthcare in the Member States of the European Union.


• WMA Council Resolution on Trade Agreements and Public Health

16-18.04.2015. In Oslo, during its 200th Session, the World Medical Association Council adopted an emergency Resolution calling on governments and national member associations to advocate for trade agreements that protect, promote and prioritize public health over commercial interests and ensure wide exclusions to secure services in the public interest, especially those impacting on individual and public health.

The full text of the WMA Resolution is available here.


 • British Medical Association Symposium on Social Determinants of Health and Increasing Health Equity - March 24th

 

 

On March 24th, at the British Medical Association Symposium in London, French Medical Council President Patrick Bouet presented CNOM's position on social determinants of health. President of the World Medical Association Dr. Xavier Deau insisted on the need of a global action on the social determinants of health issue.

 

 


European Network of Medical Competent Authorities (ENMCA) - European Professional Card & Alert mechanism

09.02.2015. The  European Network of Medical Competent Authorities  (ENMCA) published its Response to the Implementing Act on the European Professional Card and Alert mechanism. The Implementing Act as well as its annexes will be soon available.

In order to access the ENMCA Response, please click here.


• Publication of the European Study on Continuous Professional Development - European Commission

09.01.2015. The European Commission released its Study concerning the review and mapping of continuous professional development and lifelong learning for health professionals in the EU (for physicians, nurses, dentists, midwives and pharmacists). This study has been carried out by a consortium of European Networks of health professionals, run by the CPME, in the framework of a Commission's funded project. An abstract and executive summary are available in english as well as in all the other EU languages.


2014

• Access to healthcare for the most vulnerable - Doctors of the World

23.05.2014. On 13th May 2014, Doctors of the World released its 2014 report on access to healthcare for the most vulnerable in a Europe in social crisis with a special focus on pregnant women and children. This report reiterates the need for unconditional access to both antenatal care for pregnant women and to essential childhood vaccinations. This report analyses 29.400 consultations provided in 2013 to 16.881 patients across 25 cities in 8 European countries.

An infographic and videos accompanying the report are available here.


• Granada Declaration on access to healthcare - EUPHA

21.05.2014. At the occasion of a conference organised in Granada at the beginning of April on migrant and ethnic minority health, the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) adopted a declaration on access to healthcare for migrants and ethnic minorities, in a context of economic crisis. The Declaration calls on all European governments to take concrete steps to protect the health of these vulnerable groups and to ensure them access to healthcare without discrimination.

The Granada Declaration is available here.


• Action Day of European Doctors - 15 May 2014

14.05.2014. On Thursday 15 May 2014, the European Federation of Salaried Doctors (FEMS) leads an Action Day of European Doctors in order to ensure access to high quality healthcare for all patients in Europe, to promote decent working conditions for European doctors and to fight corruption in the health sector.

More information available here.


World Medical Association Council Meeting

28.04.2014. Dr. Roland KERZMANN, President of the CEOM, attended the Council meeting of the World Medical Association held in Tokyo from April 24th to April 26th, 2014. Discussions mainly focused on clinical trials, health support for street children, criminalisation of healthcare, protection of health workers and air pollution.

For more information, please visit the WMA website.


Spring CEOM Plenary meeting

23.04.2014. At the invitation of the Italian Medical Council (FNOMCeO), the next CEOM plenary meeting will take place in Bari on Friday, 13th June, 2014.

For more information, please consult the Agenda section (Access restricted to members only).


European Commission consultation - European Professional Card

15.04.2014. On 7 April 2014 the European Commission published a consultation on introducing the European Professional Card (EPC) for nurses, doctors, pharmacists, physiotherapists, engineers, mountain guides & real estate agents. The objective of the consultation is to seek further views and to collect data on issues including the mobility of professionals, applications procedures and fees. The Commission intends to use the responses to assess whether the EPC is appropriate for the professions concerned and what impact it will have on EU countries. The consultation is open until 2 June 2014.

The consultation is available here.


HPCB Newsletter - April 2014

15.04.2014. The April edition of the HPCB Crossing Borders Update is now available. This updates includes details on the European Commission consultation on the European Professional Card, information on the conference of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) organised in September,  news on the EU Health programme 2014-2020, updates from European networks and regulators and articles on EU developments regarding health and professional regulation.

More information on the HPCB website.


IAMRA 11th International Conference on Medical Regulation

From 9-12 September, the GMC is hosting the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) conference in London.

The theme of the conference is 'Medical Regulation - Evaluating risk and reducing harm to patients’ and more than 350 regulators, academics and health officials from around the world are expected to attend to share ideas and foster best practice in medical regulation.

To take advantage of discounted early registration rates, make sure you register by 18 July.

The conference will focus on the key functions of medical regulation, and confirmed conference speakers include:

  • Prof Malcolm Sparrow, Harvard University;
  • Robert Francis QC, Chairman, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public   Inquiry and President of the Patients Association;
  • Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, Chair, UK Equalities and Human Rights Commission;
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes, explorer, fundraiser, and author;
  • Dr Marie Bismark, The University of Melbourne;
  • Prof Frank Montgomery, President of the German Medical Association;
  • Prof Jon Thomas, Chair, Federation of State Medical Boards; and
  • Prof Sir Peter Rubin, Chair of the UK General Medical Council.

In addition, the conference also includes a varied social programme, which features a visit to the GMC in Manchester as well as a visit to visit to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on Monday 8 September. Visit the IAMRA 2014 website for more details.


Conference on organ harvesting in China

14.03.2014. A conference-debate entitled "Organ harvesting in China: Europe must act now" is organised on the initiative of several international organisations at the European Economic and Social Committee on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 from 10 am to 12.30 pm.

For more information, please click here.

The press release of the European Economic and Social Committee is available here.


European Network of Medical Competent Authorities (ENMCA) - European Professional Card

26.02.2014. The European Network of Medical Competent Authorities (ENMCA) just published an analysis of all the replies to a questionnaire sent in December 2013 to the competent authorities of the ENMCA concerning the process of implementation of the European Professional Card.

In order to access to this analysis and summary of findings, please click here.


Forum on Junior Doctors working conditions

21.02.2014. Dr. Valentin SOJAR, representative of the Medical Chamber of Slovenia, will attend on behalf of the CEOM a Forum on Junior Doctors working conditions organised in Ljubljana on 15 March 2014 on the initiative of Slovenian and European Junior Doctors. At this occasion, he will make a presentation on doctors' migration in Europe.


 

2013

• Adoption of the Professional Qualifications Directive

18.11.2013. On November 15th, 2013, the Council adopted the revised Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications. This follows the adoption by the European Parliament last month. Member states now have two years in which to transpose the new rules into national legislation. The main features of the new Directive introduce a pro-active fitness to practise alert mechanism; the ability for competent authorities to assess the language competence of professionals after recognition but before access to the profession; a revised definition of basic medical training of 5 years and 5,500 hours; a requirement for member states to encourage continuing professional education and training and the possibility of common European training frameworks and tests which would establish minimum education and training criteria for medical specialties that do not currently benefit from automatic recognition.

To read the press release of the Council, click here.


• HPCB meeting - Healthcare professional mobility and patient safety

08.11.2013. The  Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders (HPCB) network held its autumn meeting in London on Thursday, 31st October 2013. Discussions focused on key issues such as the revision of the Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications, the implementation challenges for the European professional card and for the continuous professional development as well as the Joint Action on health workforce planning and forecasting.

The meeting documents are available on the     HPCB website    .


• Presidency of the World Medical Association

08.11.2013. During the General Assembly of the World Medical Association (WMA) held in Fortaleza (Brazil) from 16 to 19 October 2013, Dr. Xavier DEAU, President of the European and International Relations Delegation of the French Medical Council (CNOM), was elected by acclamation President elect of the World Medical Association. He will officially take office in October 2014 at the occasion of the General Assembly in Durban (South Africa).


• Conference of the CGCOM - Cross-border healthcare

26.09.2013. The        Spanish Medical Association        (CGCOM) will held a conference in Madrid on October 11th, 2013, in collaboration with the Office of the European Parliament in Spain on the implementation in Spain of the         Directive 2011/24/EU         on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border health care.

Drs. Rodriguez Sendin, Romero and Gutiérrez i Marti, respectively President, General Secretary and Vice-President of the CGCOM will attend the conference, as well as representatives of the European Parliament, of the European Commission, of health professionals and of patients' organisations.

To see the programme, click         here        .


• Next CEOM plenary meeting

09.09.2013. At the invitation of the French Medical Council (CNOM), the next CEOM plenary meeting will take place in Paris on Friday December 6th, 2013.

More information in the Agenda section.


• Election of a new CEOM Vice-President

15.06.2013. Following the vote that took place during the CEOM plenary meeting held in Bucharest on June 13th, 2013, Dr. Fernando GOMES, representative of the Portuguese Medical Association, has been elected Vice-President of the CEOM. The composition of the Board is available here.


• Letter of support - Slovak Medical Chamber

15.06.2013. During the last CEOM plenary meeting organised in Bucharest on June 15th, the participating organisations decided to write a letter to the attention of the President of the Republic of Slovakia regarding the situation of doctors in Slovakia.

The letter is available in the Activities section.


• CEOM Resolution - Exchange of disciplinary information

15.06.2013. At the occasion of the CEOM plenary meeting held in Bucharest on June 15th, the participating organisations unanimously adopted a CEOM resolution on the exchange of disciplinary information between regulatory authorities.

The CEOM resolution is available in the Activities section.


• CEOM Declaration - Proposal of the Cypriot Delegation

15.06.2013. During the CEOM plenary meeting held in Bucharest on June 15th, 2013, the participating organisations adopted a Declaration on the situation of healthcare in Cyprus. 

The text of the Declaration is available in the Activities section.


• The economic crisis and access to medicines in Europe - May 2013

16.05.2013. At the occasion of an             event             organised on May 16th at the European Parliament on the impact of the economic crisis and austerity measures on access to affordable and quality medicines and treatments in the European Union, Prof. José Manuel Silva, President of the Portuguese Medical Association, made a presentation on the current situation in Portugal.

His powerpoint presentation is available here.


• HPCB Newletter - April 2013

25.04.2013. The      April edition of the HPCB Crossing Borders Update      is now available. This updates includes articles on EU negotiations on the proposal amending the recognition of professional qualifications Directive; an update on the European data protection reform and the European Working Time Regulation; and information on the new European Commission's Action Plan on eHealth.

More information on the           HPCB website          .


• Doctors of the World publishes a report on access to healthcare of the most vulnerable populations in Europe - April 2013

09.04.2013. Doctors of the World presented its new report entitled "Access to healthcare in Europe in times of crisis and rising xenophobia" at the occasion of a press conference organised in Brussels on April 9th, 2013. Based on the interviews of more than 8.400 patients, data collected in 14 cities of seven European countries, this report puts the emphasis on the negative impact of the economic and social crisis on health systems and access to healthcare and on the rising xenophobia against migrants in Europe. Doctors of the World demands a universal health coverage for all and calls for a full access to national immunisation schemes for all children in Europe. In addition, Doctors of the World requires an equal access to pre and post natal care for all pregnant women.

To read the full version of the report, click            here           .


• European Network of Medical Competent Authorities (ENMCA) Briefing - Professional Qualifications Directive - March 2013

20.03.2013. The European Network of Medical Competent Authorities (ENMCA) released a briefing on the report adopted on January 23rd, 2013, by the Internal Market committee on the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC).

The ENMCA briefing is available here.


• The World Medical Association turns to Members of the European Parliament - February 2013

07.02.2013. The WMA, to which several CEOM participating organisations belong, addressed Members of the European Parliament on occasion of the committee reading of a draft Regulation on Clinical Trials. The new regulation would no longer require the consent of an ethics committee before trials could start testing new drugs on humans. WMA President Cecil Wilson highlights on              his blog              the essential role of ethical committees in responsible clinical research.

To read the full version of the letter written by WMA President, Dr. Cecil Wilson, and WMA Chair of Council, Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal, click    here   .

 

2012

•  HPCB Newsletter - December 2012

20.12.2012. The     December edition of the HPCB Crossing Borders Update     is now available. This update includes articles on EU negotiations on the proposal amending the recognition of professional qualifications Directive; a snapshot of approaches to continuous professional development (CPD) across a number of European healthcare professional regulators; an overview of the IMI Regulation; the French Medical Council guidelines on e-health; and keys developments in the reform of Europe's Data Protection rules.

More information on the   HCPB website  .


• EMOs statements on standardisation and tobacco 

November 2012. The European Medical Organisations (EMOs), including the CEOM, adopted in November 2012 two Joint Statements, respectively on standards of medical practice and on a new Tobacco Products Directive.

The Joints Statements are available on the  Activities section .


• CEOM Declaration - Proposal of the Greek delegation

30.11.2012. During the CEOM plenary meeting held in Brussels on November 30, 2012, the participating organisations adopted a Declaration on the situation of healthcare in Greece.
The text of the Declaration is available on the
   Activities section   .


Article on information to patients

November 2012. Dr. Roland KERZMANN wrote an article on patient safety and information to patients published in November issue of the magazine "The European Files" dedicated to the safety of medicines in Europe.

The article is available in the     Activities section    .


Joint Statement of the EMOs on the review of the Directive 2005/36/CE

01.09.2012. The European Medical Organisations (EMOs), including the CEOM, adopted in August 2012 a Joint Statement on the proposal for amending the Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of the professional qualifications.

The EMOs' Joint Statement is available in the Activities section.


enlightenedCEOM 2012 winter plenary meeting 

The next Board meeting and  plenary meeting will take place in Brussels on November 29th and 30th 2012 and will be hosted by the Belgian Medical Council. For more information, please visit the Agenda section of the website (Members access only). 


• HPCB Newsletter - September 2012

05.10.2012. The September edition of the HPCB Crossing Borders Update is now available. This update includes information on the EU negotiations on the proposal amending the recognition of professional qualifications Directive; opinion pieces on the proposal from different healthcare professional organisations across Europe; the HPCB Memorandum of Understanding on information sharing; medical reforms in Poland; the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in the UK; and the launch of a support service for international medical graduates in the United States.

More information on the HPCB website.


• HPCB Newsletter - May 2012

18.06.2012. The May edition of the HPCB Crossing Borders Update  is now available. This update includes information on the HPCB meeting on the professional qualifications Directive; an update on the proposal amending Directive 2005/36/EC and the European regulators’ meetings of midwives, doctors and nurses. It also features articles on the reform of the data protection package and the EC’s recently published action plan for the EU Health workforce.

More information on the  HPCB website.


Next CEOM Plenary Meeting : 1st June 2012, Ljubljana
07.02.2012. The next CEOM Plenary meeting will take place the 1st June 2012 in Ljubljana and will be hosted by the Medical Chamber of Slovenia.

More information available in the Agenda section.


•  HPCB Newsletter - February 2012
02.2012. The February edition of the HPCB Crossing Borders Update is now available. This update includes information on the European Commission’s proposal to amend Directive 2005/36/EC and the position of the European Network of Medical Competent Authorities (ENMCA) on this proposal.

More information on the HPCB website.


HPCB Meeting on the revision of the Professional Qualifications Directive, 7 March 2012, European Parliament   Brussels
26.01.2012. The Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders initiative organizes a meeting on the revision of the Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of Professional Qualifications. This event will be hosted by Emma MCCLARKIN and Antonyia PARVANOVA, Members of the European Parliament.


New Commission legislative proposal on Data protection 
26.01.2012. The European Commission presented on the 25th January 2012 its legislative proposal concerning the revision of the Directive 95/46/EC on personal data protection. For more information, please contact the CEOM Secretariat (members only).

 

2011


Proposal for modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive
20.12.2011. On 19th December 2011, the European Commission has publised its legislative proposal for modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC). Read the proposal.

The proposal builds on a Green Paper the Commission issued in June 2011. All the responses to this Green Paper and a summary of the responses have also been published. Access the answer of the Network of Medical Competent Authorities and all the other responses on the European Commission website.


Biomedicine : France ratifies the Oviedo Convention
20.12.2011. On 13th December the French Minister in charge of European Affairs, Dr. Jean Leonetti, signed the so-called Oviedo Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine. This international Convention will enter into force in France the 1st April 2012. The same day, M. Leonetti signed moreover two additional protocols to this Convention: one on Transplantation of Organs and another one concerning Genetic Testing for Health Purposes.


Joint Statement of the EMOs on the review of the Directive 2005/36/CE
14.12.2011. The European Medical Organisations (EMOs), including the CEOM, adopted in December 2011 a Joint Statement highlighting the driving principles to be considered by European decision-makers when reviewing the Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of the professional qualifications.

The EMOs' Joint Statement is available in the Activities section


Support of the EMOs to the doctors in Slovakia
14.12.2011. The Presidents of the European Medical Organisations (EMOs), meeting in Warsaw on 27th November 2011, adopted a joint Declaration regarding the situation of the doctors in Slovakia.

Access the text of the Declaration.


Conference: Ensuring Tomorrow’s Health: Workforce Planning and Mobility, 7-8-9 December 2011, Brussels (Belgium)
22.11.2011. This conference held under the auspices of the Polish EU Presidency and the Polish Minister of Health will provide evidence and new insights on the future of health care workforce planning at a National, European, and International level. Findings of three international EC funded research projects (MoHProf, Prometheus and RN4CAST) will be presented.

Information and programme.


Lunch-debate of the EFAPH at the European Parliament
22.11.2011. The European Federation of Associations of Patients with Haemochromatosis (EFAPH) organized the 12th September 2011 a lunch-debate at the European Parliament with the active support of the parliamentary Committee in charge of Public Health. As a result, a Written Question from the MEPs to the European Commission advocates the systematic testing of iron for men around the age of 40 and for women around 50. Another fall-out is the ambitious project for EFAPH to generalize local or regional networks of patients and medical staff, and to collect systematically the data thereof.

In its answer, the European Commission explains that “due to the very high number of diseases, [it] does not have the means to address each individual rare disease with specific actions. This is why the Commission seeks to provide solutions for rare diseases as a whole and does not intend to develop specific guidelines on early detection and diagnosis of hereditary haemochromatosis”. The Commission has however been supporting research in this area through its Framework Programme for Research and has proposed to the Parliament and the Council to give due consideration to genetic diseases in the forthcoming Horizon 2020 Strategy.
 

Access the parliamentary question and the answer given by the European Commission.

www.efaph.eu.


Publication of the European Commission’s "Study evaluating the Professional Qualifications Directive against recent educational reforms in EU Member States"
02.11.2011. The final report and the executive summary of this study are available on the website of the Internal Market GD. The study will be presented and discussed at the forthcoming conference on the modernisation of the professional qualifications Directive, which will be held on Monday 7 November 2011 in Brussels. 


UEMS conference on the accreditation of CME-CPD in Europe, 18 November 2011, Brussels (Belgium)
24.10.2011. This conference organised by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) aims at sharing knowledge and considering the latest developments in the accreditation of continuing medical education and professional development in Europe.


Conference: Modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive, 7 November, Brussels (Belgium)
24.10.2011. This conference organised by the European Commission aims at presenting the results of the Green Paper of June 2011 and will be an opportunity to take stock of the various positions in advance of the Commission’s proposal in December.

Information and proramme.


Publication of the October edition of the HPCB Newsletter
20.10.2011. The October edition of the HPCB Crossing Borders Update is now available. This update includes information on the Single Market Forum, the European Commission’s conference on the professional qualifications Directive and the European Parliament implementation report into Directive 2005/36/EC.

More information on the HPCB website.


Latest news following the Single Market Forum, 3-4 October 2011, Krakow (Poland)
05.10.2011.
            - The Krakow Declaration was adopted the 4th October 2011.
            -  The Case Study on Doctors' Professional Card of the Steering Group on the professional card is now available. More information is available on the website of the Internal Market GD.


First Joint European Hospital Conference, 18th November 2011, Düsseldorf (Germany)
24.08.2011. Conference taking place as part of the 34th Congress German Hospitals. The EHC will address the current European hospital policy and the impacts of the EU Directive on Patients.

Information and program.


 Next CEOM's Plenary Meeting : Saturday 12th November 2011 – Turin
12.09.2011. On the invitation of the Italian Medical Chamber (FNOMCeO), the next CEOM Plenary Meeting will take place on Saturday the 12th November 2011 in Turin (Italy).

Registration form is available in the Agenda section.


9th European Week of Regions and Cities – OPEN DAYS, 12 October 2011, Brussels (Belgium)
24.08.2011. Workshops organised by the Committee of the Regions and the DG REGIO of the European Commission in the framework of the OPEN DAYS 2011 :
             - 2014+ Will Cross-Border Cooperation in Health still matter?
             - Innovation for a healthy future

Information and registration.


• Modernising the Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications
24.08.2011.  Next events regarding the revision of the directive 2005/36/EC:

     - Single Market Forum, organised by the European Commission, 2-4 October 2011, Krakow (Poland).
     - Green Paper of the European Commission : "Modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive". Consultation open until the 20th September 2011.
     - Meeting of the Informal Network of Medical Competent Authorities, 6th September 2011, Tallinn (Estonia).
 

For an European accredited Specialist doctor, 9-10 September 2011, Udine (Italy)
24.08.2011. Workshop organised by the Medical Chamber of Italy (FNOMCeO).


• Next CEOM's Meetings : Monday 5th September 2011

25.08.2011. On the invitation of the Belgian Medical Chamber, the next CEOM Board will meet on Monday the 5th September 2011 in Brussels. Following this meeting, the Steering Committee of the European Observatory of Medical Demography will hold a meeting.

Meeting documents are available in the Agenda section.


• The CEOM adopts its founding Agreement
24.08.2011. At the CEOM Plenary session, held the 10-11th June 2011 in Kos (Greece), the participating organisations of the CEOM adopted the CEOM Agreement.

The CEOM Agreement is available in the Activities section.


The CEOM adopts the European Charter of Medical Ethics
24.08.2011. At the CEOM Plenary session, held the 10-11th June 2011 in Kos (Greece), the participating organisations of the CEOM adopted the European Charter of Medical Ethics.

The Charter is available in the Activities section.


The CEOM adopts a Declaration of support for the Spanish Medical Chamber
07.2011. At the CEOM Plenary session, held the 10-11th June 2011 in Kos (Greece), the participating organisations of the CEOM adopted a Declaration of support of the Spanish Medical Chamber (Consejo General de Colegios de Medicos de España) in order to defend the principle of universal registration of the Doctors.

The Declaration of support is available in the Activities section. (text available in French, English and Spanish).


EFMA / WHO Conference, 23-25 June 2011, Brussels
03.2011. The European Forum of Medical Associations (EFMA) and the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO) met on 23-25 June 2011 in Brussels.

Access the conference programme and Dr. KERZMANN's presentation, CEOM President, in the Activities section.


• The CEOM is supporting the European Declaration of health professionals towards non-discriminatory access to health care 
03.2011. The 22th March 2011, Médecins du Monde, the HUMA Network, and members of the European Parliament submitted the European Declaration of health professionals towards non-discriminatory acess to health care to the Hungarian Presidency of the European Union. They requested from the European institutions and the member States to take action in order that the medical practice continue to be in line with their deontology.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purpose of the CEOM

The purpose of the CEOM is to promote within the European Union and the European Free Trade Association the practice of high quality medicine respectful of patients’ needs.

To this end, the CEOM develops cooperation between its Participating organisations and lends support to their action by developing quality standards and common positions relating to:

 - medical ethics and professional conduct
- free movement of healthcare professionals
- medical demography
- medical regulation
- professional training of physicians
- public health issues related to these subjects

 

Participating organisations

The CEOM brings together the Medical Councils and the independent medical regulatory authorities of European Union Member States and the European Free Trade Association responsible for either, ethics and professional conduct, registration or licensing procedures, disciplinary matters regarding physicians, recognition of qualifications and levels of specialty, authorization to practice and setting of professional standards.

A list of the participating organisations is available in the Participants section.
 
 

Functioning of the CEOM

Functioning rules of the CEOM are defined in the Agreement adopted in June 2011.

In accordance with this Agreement, the CEOM Board is in charge of the CEOM’s daily activity and the coordination of its work (preparation of the plenary meetings, preparation and implementation of the decisions). The Board comprises the President, the First Vice-President, three Vice-Presidents and a Secretary General, all elected for a three year term. The Board meets at least once before each plenary meeting and as often as necessary. 
 
The Board is assisted by its Secretariat in the fulfillment of its missions. The Secretariat function is provided by the French Medical Council Brussels Office.
 
The working languages of the CEOM are French and English.
The CEOM holds two plenary meetings each year.


Setting up of the CEOM


The International Conference of the Orders and the organizations with similar attributions (CIO) was created in Paris in 1971, on the initiative of Professor LORTAT-JACOB, President of the French Medical Council, and by the Doctors BROCARD and AUTIN, General secretaries of the French Medical Council. The CIO became then the European Conference of the Orders of the Doctors.

In 2008, the Conference is renamed European Council of Medical Orders (ECMO-CEOM).