European Council of Medical Orders

  • CEOM adopts March 12th as European Day to Fight Violence against Doctors and Health Professionals

    05/12/2019
    During CEOM Plenary Meeting in Lisbon (Portugal) on 29 November 2019, CEOM participants have unanimously adopted March 12th as European Day to Fight Violence against Doctors and Health Professionals. This will be a yearly occasion for all national medical Orders and Associations...
  • The 46th Edition of the Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update is now available

    29/11/2019
    In this edition of the Healthcare Professional Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update, we take a look at the recent report published by the EMPL Committee of the European Parliament on labour mobility and recognition of professional qualifications, we have an exclusive article on the...
  • CEOM joins the EU Coalition for Vaccination

    13/11/2019
    The Coalition for Vaccination brings together European associations of healthcare workers as well as relevant students´ associations in the field, to support delivering accurate information to the public, combating myths around vaccines and vaccination and exchanging best...
  • CEOM strongly supports the first-ever World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019

    18/09/2019
    On the first-ever World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019, the World Health Organisation launched a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer.For more information : WHO Patient Safety Day...
  • CEOM creates the European Observatory on Violence Against Doctors

    11/09/2019
    Objectives of the ObservatoryOn June 23rd 2017, the European Observatory on Violence Against Doctors was created on the initiative of CEOM President Dr. José Santos.The European Observatory on Violence Against Doctors aims to:Gather objective...

CEOM adopts March 12th as European Day to Fight Violence against Doctors and Health Professionals

05.12.2019

During CEOM Plenary Meeting in Lisbon (Portugal) on 29 November 2019, CEOM participants have unanimously adopted March 12th as European Day to Fight Violence against Doctors and Health Professionals. This will be a yearly occasion for all national medical Orders and Associations across Europe to raise awareness and say stop. During the same occasion, CEOM recognized professional burnout as a type of socio-psychological violence that doctors have to face in the workplace. Click here to check-out the outcomes of our Plenary Meeting in Lisbon.

Previously, CEOM has launched its European Observatory on Violence against doctors in Modena (Italy) in 2017 and adopted CEOM Statement on Violence against Doctors and Health Professionals in Madrid (Spain) in 2018.

The 46th Edition of the Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update is now available

HPCB is a tri-annual newsletter reporting on key policy news from the European Union and around the world, and outcomes of EU and international meetings and conferences
29.11.2019

In this edition of the Healthcare Professional Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update, we take a look at the recent report published by the EMPL Committee of the European Parliament on labour mobility and recognition of professional qualifications, we have an exclusive article on the patient rights in cross-border healthcare Directive and we examine a new study on the role of nursing in European health policy.

CEOM Secretary-General, Dr. Jean-François RAULT, published a presentation article on the Observatory on Violence Against Doctors in this new edition.

HPCB strives to contribute to patient safety by working together to promote effective collaboration of cross-border healthcare, and free movement of healthcare professionals. We hope you enjoy the newsletter. As ever, if you have any articles to contribute to future editions, please contact the HPCB Secretariat.

Download here the 46th edition of the Healthcare Professional Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update

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CEOM joins the EU Coalition for Vaccination

In line with the objectives of the Council Recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases, adopted on 7 December 2018, CEOM has joined the EU Coalition for Vaccination
13.11.2019

The Coalition for Vaccination brings together European associations of healthcare workers as well as relevant students´ associations in the field, to support delivering accurate information to the public, combating myths around vaccines and vaccination and exchanging best practice. The Coalition aims at contributing to obtain high vaccination coverage in the population and among health professionals through joining forces of different health professionals associations. Members of the coalition work cooperatively on an agreed set of activities. The work carried out by the Coalition at EU level shall be transposed and replicated at national level.

Seeing that the purpose of this Coalition is perfectly in line with CEOM’s missions and objectives, CEOM President Dr. José SANTOS expressed his will to make CEOM a member of the EU Coalition for Vaccination and to endorse the first Declaration by the Coalition.

The Coalition is currently co-chaired by:

  • The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
  • The European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN)
  • The Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU)

As a follow-up on the kick-off meeting of the Coalition for Vaccination, the European Commission launched the Coalition page on its European Health Policy Platform (EHPPP) to encourage the sharing of good-practices between the Coalition members.

During its Plenary meeting held in Tirana in June 2019, CEOM organized a round-table on the challenges of vaccination in Europe as the main topic of discussion of the Plenary. CEOM members adopted unanimously CEOM Declaration on Vaccination that aims at encouraging governments and competent authorities to improve vaccination coverage on the European continent, to raise awareness among health professionals and to work more closely with the European Commission on this issue.

Check the Coalition’s first press release in preparation of the 1st Global Vaccination Summit, co-organized by WHO and by the European Commission in Brussels: “New coalition for vaccination brings together healthcare professional

CEOM strongly supports the first-ever World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019

18.09.2019

On the first-ever World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019, the World Health Organisation launched a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer.

For more information : WHO Patient Safety Day website

CEOM creates the European Observatory on Violence Against Doctors

11.09.2019

Objectives of the Observatory

On June 23rd 2017, the European Observatory on Violence Against Doctors was created on the initiative of CEOM President Dr. José Santos.

The European Observatory on Violence Against Doctors aims to:

  1. Gather objective data about the cases of violence (location, type of practice, type of violence, aggressor profile, etc.) in order to arrive at a correct evaluation of needs, followed by effective proposals for action
  2. Map of existing national mechanisms to adress these violence cases
  3. Give priority to an exchange of preventive tools, thereby opening the way to a sharing of experiences
  4. Take concrete measures with the adoption of an official position aimed at health professionals, the public and the authorities

Work Method

► A Working Group, animated by Dr. Roland Kerzmann as Rapporteur, with representatives from the European Association of Senior Hospital Doctors (AEMH).

External Communication

CEOM Secretary-General, Dr. Jean-François RAULT, published a presentation article on the Observatory on Violence Against Doctors in the 46th Edition of the Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update (Winter 2019).

Interntional framewrok:

  • The World Medical Association's Statement on Violence and Health has been recently revised by the 70th WMA General Assembly in Tbilisi (Georgia), in October 2019

  • The World Medical Association's issued a Presse Release on the 28th of October 2019 regarding violence against doctors and Health Professionals, following a rising tide of violence reported from Central and South America, from India and Bangladesh, and from Germany. "Violence has become a significant public health challenge", said WMA President Dr. Miguel Jorge.

Meetings and presentations

2019

7 June                           Tirana, Albania

Presentation of AEMH - Association Européenne des Médecins Hospitaliers Seniors - on violence against doctors

2018
30 November                      Madrid, Spain                      

CEOM Declaration on Violence Against Doctors and Health Professionals

Statement on Violence against doctors and health professionals by Dr. R. Kerzmann, CEOM 1st Vice-President

15 June     Timisoara, Romania 

Presentation of the Portuguese Medical Order by Dr. J. De Deus, FEMS President

General updates by Dr. R. Kerzmann, CEOM 1st Vice-President

 

2017
8 December                        Paris, France                            

Presentation of the CEOM questionnaire and exchange of views – Dr. R. Kerzmann, CEOM 1st Vice-President

Presentation of the Spanish Observatory on Violence by Dr. J. M. Huerta

23 June Modena, Italy Launch of the European Observatory on Violence by Dr. R. Kerzmann

 

2016
2 December Paris, France Introductry presentation of the topic of Violence against doctors

 

CEOM adopts a Declaration on Vaccination in Tirana

30.06.2019

During the Plenary meeting in Tirana, the challenges of vaccination in Europe were the main topic of discussion. CEOM members adopted unanimously a Declaration on Vaccination that to encourage governments and competent authorities to improve vaccination coverage on the European continent, to raise awareness among health professionals and to work more closely with the European Commission on this issue.

Download the Declaration in PDF here

European Medical Organisations’ Statement on Supporting Vaccination

20.12.2018

European medical organisations, including CEOM, reaffirm that the prevention of communicable diseases through vaccination is safe and very effective. Immunisation through vaccination is the best protection we have against serious, even deadly, diseases. European medical organisations call on governments and legislators to assure that vaccination programmes are supported in the best interest of European citizens.

Find the Statement here : European Medical Organisations’ Statement on Supporting Vaccination

CEOM Statement on Violence against Doctors and Health Professionals - Madrid, November 2018

CEOM calls on all stakeholders to protect doctors and health professionals from all types of violence
30.11.2018

On the basis of a survey of the situations existing in all European countries, the organizations participating in the CEOM adopted a statement condemning violence against doctors and health professionals. CEOM is urging governments and all concerned parties to be aware of the issue and to take all necessary measures to ensure access to quality care for all patients by protecting the freedom and safety of medical personnel and healthcare facilities.

Download the Statement in PDF version

CEOM supports the recognition of the Doctor-Patient Relationship as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO

30.11.2018

CEOM supports and adheres to the initiative promoted by the Forum of the Medical Profession of Spaini and the Portuguese Medical Association to defend and strengthen the Doctor-Patient Relationship by requesting its recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization (UNESCO)

Download the Support Declaration here : CEOM proposal to recognise the Doctor-Patient Relationship as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO

CEOM updates its Deontological Guidelines in Madrid

30.11.2018

In 2010, the CEOM decided to update the Principles of European Medical Ethics of 1987 by distinguishing between Ethics, meaning the moral thought which subtends action of what constitutes the Deontology, which is a codified concrete action inspired by moral thought. In June 2011, the European Charter of Medical Ethics was adopted. Since then, the CEOM participants draft Deontological Guidelines. In June 2013, the CEOM adopted its first Deontological Guidelines. These Guidelines have been updated in November 2018 during CEOM Plenary Meeting in Madrid.

Download CEOM Deontological Guidelines updated in Madrid here : CEOM Deontological Guidelines - Madrid 2018

CEOM adopts its Charter on Regulation of the European Medical Profession

30.11.2018

Considering the importance of, and the need for, professional self-regulation of physicians, the European Council of Medical Orders (CEOM) adopted in Madrid the Charter on Regulation of the European Medical Profession. The purpose of medical regulation is to protect citizens, ensuring that medicine is practiced by qualified individuals, with credentials that certify their continuing professional competence, generating social trust in medicine.

Download the Charter here : CEOM adopts its Charter on Regulation of the European Medical Profession

Plenary meeting in Madrid hosted by the Spanish Medical Council

in spanish
29.11.2018

Más de 40 representantes de 17 Órdenes Médicas se reúnen en el CGCOM para abordar las condiciones en las que se ejerce la Medicina en Europa

Más de 40 representantes de las 17 Organizaciones Médicas que integran el Consejo Europeo de Órdenes Médicas (CEOM) se reúnen a partir de hoy y por espacio de dos días en la sede del Consejo General de Colegios de Médicos (CGCOM) para abordar una amplia agenda de temas como las condiciones en las que se ejerce la Medicina en los diferentes países europeos

Fuente Medicos y Pacientes : http://medicosypacientes.com/articulo/mas-de-40-representantes-de-17-ord...

La crisis de la programación de los recursos humanos en el ámbito de la medicina, el acceso a la Atención Primaria durante los fines de semana o las noches, las nuevas contribuciones a la Carta Europea de Ética Médica, un nuevo estudio para el Observatorio Europeo de Demografía Médica, el Observatorio Europeo de la Violencia contra los Médicos, y la propuesta para apoyar la Relación Médico-Paciente como Patrimonio Inmaterial de la Humanidad de la UNESCO también forman parte del programa de este encuentro.

Por parte de España participan miembros de la Comisión Permanente del CGCOM, encabezados por su presidente, Dr. Serafín Romero, además del secretario gral. Dr. José María Rodríguez Vicente, delegado habitual del CEOM junto con el Dr. José Ramón Huerta, presidente del Colegio de Médicos de Soria.

HPCB's 42nd Update

Healthcare Professional Crossing Borders
06.07.2018

Please find the link to the 42nd edition of the Healthcare Professional Crossing Borders (HPCB) Crossing Borders Update here.

In this edition we look at the European Commission's analysis of the European professional card and alert mechanism. We also hear from the British Medical Association (BMA) on its Keeping Europe Healthy event, and from the new Joint Tender entitled Support for the hEalth workforce planning and forecasting Expert Network (SEPEN). FEDCAR, CPME/CED and PGEU have also provided us with their views on the new Proportionality Test Directive.

 

Finally, we are pleased to announce that the next HPCB conference will be co-hosted by the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI). More details are to come - don't forget to save the date on 4 February 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.

 

HPCB strives to contribute to patient safety by working together to promote effective collaboration of cross-border healthcare, and free movement of healthcare professionals.

 

The Crossing Borders Update is a tri-annual newsletter reporting on key policy news from the European Union and around the world, and outcomes of EU and international meetings and conferences. 

www.hpcb.eu 

CEOM welcomes the release of all members of the Turkish Medical Association

Physicians have a duty to alert governments to long-term health effects of armed conflict
06.02.2018

CEOM learned with dismay the arrest for "treason" and Turkish Medical Associations leaders (TTB) on January 30th.

CEOM fully supports our Turkish colleagues in their public statement that war is a public health problem according to their ethical and humanitarian duties.

CEOM strongly denounces these attacks on freedom of expression, right to health and access to healthcare.

CEOM joins other international medical Associations such as WMA and CPME in calling on the Turkish Authorities to immediately release the TTB leaders, our physicians colleagues and support the following statement: https://www.wma.net/news-post/global-medical-bodies-in-joint-call-to-pre...

Modern Physicians' pledge approved by World Medical Association

16.11.2017

A modern successor to the Hippocratic Oath for physicians around the world has been approved by the World Medical Association.

Physician leaders, meeting at the WMA’s annual General Assembly in Chicago, today approved revisions to the Declaration of Geneva, which was adopted by the Association in 1948.

Read here the full press release of the World Medical Association. 

     WMA Declaration of Geneva 

Adopted by the 2nd General Assembly of the World Medical Association, Geneva, Switzerland, September 1948
and amended by the 22nd World Medical Assembly, Sydney, Australia, August 1968
and the 35th World Medical Assembly, Venice, Italy, October 1983
and the 46th WMA General Assembly, Stockholm, Sweden, September 1994
and editorially revised by the 170th WMA Council Session, Divonne-les-Bains, France, May 2005
and the 173rd WMA Council Session, Divonne-les-Bains, France, May 2006
and amended by the 68th WMA General Assembly, Chicago, United States, October 2017

 

The Physician’s Pledge

AS A MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION:

I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE to dedicate my life to the service of humanity;

THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF MY PATIENT will be my first consideration;

I WILL RESPECT the autonomy and dignity of my patient;

I WILL MAINTAIN the utmost respect for human life;

I WILL NOT PERMIT considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;

I WILL RESPECT the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;

I WILL PRACTISE my profession with conscience and dignity and in accordance with good medical practice;

I WILL FOSTER the honour and noble traditions of the medical profession;

I WILL GIVE to my teachers, colleagues, and students the respect and gratitude that is their due;

I WILL SHARE my medical knowledge for the benefit of the patient and the advancement of healthcare;

I WILL ATTEND TO my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard;

I WILL NOT USE my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;

I MAKE THESE PROMISES solemnly, freely, and upon my honour.

 

CEOM plenary meeting - 23 June in Modena

07.04.2017

All documents and information are in the meetings section 

The CEOM Board members for the 2017-2020 term are : 

Mandate 2017-2020

Dr. José SANTOS, President
Orderm dos Medicos (Portuguese Medical Association)

Dr. Roland KERZMANN, 1st Vice-President
Ordre des Médecins de Belgique (Belgian Medical Council)

Dr. Nicolino D’AUTILIA, Vice-President 
Federazione Nazionale Ordini Medici Chirurghi e Odontoiatri (National Federation of the orders of Doctors and Dental surgeons)

Dr. Monique GAUTHEY, Vice-President
Fédération des Médecins Suisses (Swiss Medical Association)

Dr. Gheorghe BORCEAN, Vice-President
Colegiul Medicilor din Romania (Romanian College of Physicians)

Dr. Patrick ROMESTAING, Secretary General
Conseil national de l’Ordre des Médecins de France (French Medical Council)

HPCB Conference Promoting patient safety across borders

21.09.2016

Registration is live and places still available for the Healthcare Professional Crossing Borders (HPCB) – Promoting patient safety across borders conference, to be held in London on Friday 28 October 2016.  

The conference will focus on professional mobility and patient safety, looking at the implementation of the recognition of professional qualifications Directive, with a focus on the European professional card and alert mechanism.

Keynote speakers include Vicky Ford MEP and the European Commission DG GROW and DG SANCO. Two panels will discuss the implementation of the European professional card and aler mechanism, and ensuring patient safety through CPD and revalidation.

A draft agenda for the conference can be found here: http://www.hpcb.eu/HPCB_conference_programme_20_10_2016.pdf_66631162.pdf 

HPCB are encouraging healthcare competent authorities and regulators in the European Economic Area (EEA) to register now!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with the HPCB secretariat at HPCB@gmc-uk.org

POLITICO Annual Healthcare Summit

October 11, 2016 (9:00 AM-3:00 PM)
01.09.2016

 

POLITICO and Le Temps invite you to the “Annual Health Care Summit: Achieving Effective, Innovative and Sustainable Health Care Systems” taking place on October 11th in Geneva. Presented by Ferring, Merck, Roche, AbbVie, Dentons and Weber Shandwick, the program will probe the policy priorities of health care in Europe, including e-Health and big data.

·   How do we integrate data into health care decision making?

·   What policies will make safe and effective drugs accessible to more patients?

·   Will public-private partnerships save the day for effective health care delivery?

·   How do we empower patients to make the best decisions for their health?

The event will gather key speakers including Richard Bergström, Director General, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations; Agnès Buzyn, President, French National Authority for Health; Josep Figueras, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies; Keiji Fukuda, Special Representative for Antimicrobial Resistance, World Health Organization; Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho Bodero, Head of Unit for eHealth, Well-Being & Aging, DG CNECT, European Commission; Peggy Maguire, Director General, European Institute of Women's Health, Board Member and Former President, European Public Health Alliance; Peter Salama, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Program, Word Heath Organization.

Discover all the speakers and the latest agenda here and register here!

Join the conversation at @EventsPOLITICO using #AHCS16

More information : http://www.politico.eu/event/annual-health-care-summit/

Principles of the Latin-Iberoamerican medical profession

17.06.2016

On June 9, 2016, in Rome, the Latin-Iberoamerican medical institutions delivered to Pope Francis the Identity Card and Principles of the Medical Profession. Latin-Iberoamerican doctors recall their "unconditional commitment to serve without discrimination of any kind the health needs of patients taking their social determinants into account, with humanism and the most appropriate professional skills, at the service of health, life, and human dignity".

 

25th Anniversary of the Czech Medical Chamber

14.06.2016

On April 14th, 2016, the Czech Medical Chamber celebrated its 25th anniversary in Prague. On this occasion, Czech Medical Chamber President Dr. Milan Kubek recalled the importance of professional autonomy and the independence of doctors. Dr. Otmar Kloiber, World Medical Association Secretary General, stated that the 25 years of the Czech Medical Chamber were the living proof of the democratic stability in Czech Republic.

More information available on the Czech Medical Chamber website.

Public consultation on the regulation of professions

14.06.2016

On May 27th, the European Commission published a public consultation on the regulation of professions. The consultation invites professionals and consumers to share their views on the proportionality of regulation in Member States’ National Action Plans set in the framework of mutual evaluation of regulated professions.

The consultation is accessible on the European Commission website until August 19, 2016.

“European Semester”: publication of country recommendations

14.06.2016

On May 18th, the European Commission published its country recommendations, offering economic guidelines to the EU Member States for the next 12 to 18 months. The European Commission focuses on strengthening the recovery of Member States’ economies by boosting investment, implementing structural reforms and pursuing fiscal responsibility. Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility stated that “Only by ensuring that social considerations are better integrated in all EU policy areas we will truly achieve a Social Europe”.

Country recommendations are accessible on the European Commission website.

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

18.04.2016

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.

“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 Practice” section.

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.

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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.

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.

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:

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

29.06.2015

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.

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.

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:

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

25.04.2015

 

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.

• WMA Council Resolution on Trade Agreements and Public Health

16.04.2015

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.

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