European Council of Medical Orders


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


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


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



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


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.

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


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.

World Medical Association Ethics Manual


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".

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


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


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


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


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



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


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.