European Council of Medical Orders


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


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


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


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).

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.