European Council of Medical Orders


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.

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.