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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.

Conference on organ harvesting in China


A conference-debate entitled "Organ harvesting in China: Europe must act now" is organised on the initiative of several international organisations at the European Economic and Social Committee on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 from 10 am to 12.30 pm.

For more information, please click here.

The press release of the European Economic and Social Committee is available here.

Forum on Junior Doctors working conditions


Dr. Valentin SOJAR, representative of the Medical Chamber of Slovenia, will attend on behalf of the CEOM a Forum on Junior Doctors working conditions organised in Ljubljana on 15 March 2014 on the initiative of Slovenian and European Junior Doctors. At this occasion, he will make a presentation on doctors' migration in Europe.

European Network of Medical Competent Authorities (ENMCA) - European Professional Card


The European Network of Medical Competent Authorities (ENMCA) just published an analysis of all the replies to a questionnaire sent in December 2013 to the competent authorities of the ENMCA concerning the process of implementation of the European Professional Card.

In order to access to this analysis and summary of findings, please click here.

Adoption of the Professional Qualifications Directive


On November 15th, 2013, the Council adopted the revised Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications. This follows the adoption by the European Parliament last month. Member states now have two years in which to transpose the new rules into national legislation. The main features of the new Directive introduce a pro-active fitness to practise alert mechanism; the ability for competent authorities to assess the language competence of professionals after recognition but before access to the profession; a revised definition of basic medical training of 5 years and 5,500 hours; a requirement for member states to encourage continuing professional education and training and the possibility of common European training frameworks and tests which would establish minimum education and training criteria for medical specialties that do not currently benefit from automatic recognition.

To read the press release of the Council, click here.

HPCB meeting - Healthcare professional mobility and patient safety


The  Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders (HPCB) network held its autumn meeting in London on Thursday, 31st October 2013. Discussions focused on key issues such as the revision of the Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications, the implementation challenges for the European professional card and for the continuous professional development as well as the Joint Action on health workforce planning and forecasting.

The meeting documents are available on the HPCB website.