European Council of Medical Orders


HPCB Newsletter - March 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


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


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.

Revision of the “Coercive measures in medicine” guidelines


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.

Update of the "Jobs and Practice" webpage


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


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’).

Doctors around the globe tackle climate change and fossil fuels


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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.