European Council of Medical Orders


Proposal for modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/CE


On 19th December 2011, the European Commission has publised its legislative proposal for modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC). Read the proposal.

The proposal builds on a Green Paper the Commission issued in June 2011. All the responses to this Green Paper and a summary of the responses have also been published. Access the answer of the Network of Medical Competent Authorities and all the other responses on the European Commission website.

Biomedicine : France ratifies the Oviedo Convention


20.12.2011. On 13th December the French Minister in charge of European Affairs, Dr. Jean Leonetti, signed the so-called Oviedo Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine. This international Convention will enter into force in France the 1st April 2012. The same day, M. Leonetti signed moreover two additional protocols to this Convention: one on Transplantation of Organs and another one concerning Genetic Testing for Health Purposes.

Joint Statement of the EMOs on the review of the Directive 2005/36/CE


The European Medical Organisations (EMOs), including the CEOM, adopted in December 2011 a Joint Statement highlighting the driving principles to be considered by European decision-makers when reviewing the Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of the professional qualifications.

The EMOs' Joint Statement is available in the Activities section.

Support of the EMOs to the doctors in Slovakia


The Presidents of the European Medical Organisations (EMOs), meeting in Warsaw on 27th November 2011, adopted a joint Declaration regarding the situation of the doctors in Slovakia.

Access the text of the Declaration.

EMOs statements on standardisation and tobacco


The European Medical Organisations (EMOs), including the CEOM, adopted in November 2012 two Joint Statements, respectively on standards of medical practice and on a new Tobacco Products Directive.

The Joints Statements are available on the Activities section.

Conférence: Ensuring Tomorrow’s Health: Workforce Planning and Mobility

7-8-9 December 2011, Brussels (Belgium)

This conference held under the auspices of the Polish EU Presidency and the Polish Minister of Health will provide evidence and new insights on the future of health care workforce planning at a National, European, and International level. Findings of three international EC funded research projects (MoHProf, Prometheus and RN4CAST) will be presented.

Information and programme.

Déjeuner-débat de la FEAMH au Parlement européen


The European Federation of Associations of Patients with Haemochromatosis (EFAPH) organized the 12th September 2011 a lunch-debate at the European Parliament with the active support of the parliamentary Committee in charge of Public Health. As a result, a Written Question from the MEPs to the European Commission advocates the systematic testing of iron for men around the age of 40 and for women around 50. Another fall-out is the ambitious project for EFAPH to generalize local or regional networks of patients and medical staff, and to collect systematically the data thereof.

In its answer, the European Commission explains that “due to the very high number of diseases, [it] does not have the means to address each individual rare disease with specific actions. This is why the Commission seeks to provide solutions for rare diseases as a whole and does not intend to develop specific guidelines on early detection and diagnosis of hereditary haemochromatosis”. The Commission has however been supporting research in this area through its Framework Programme for Research and has proposed to the Parliament and the Council to give due consideration to genetic diseases in the forthcoming Horizon 2020 Strategy.

Access the parliamentary question and the answer given by the European Commission.


Publication of the European Commission’s "Study evaluating the Professional Qualifications Directive against recent educational reforms in EU Member States"


The final report and the executive summary of this study are available on the website of the Internal Market GD. The study will be presented and discussed at the forthcoming conference on the modernisation of the professional qualifications Directive, which will be held on Monday 7 November 2011 in Brussels.

UEMS conference on the accreditation of CME-CPD in Europe

18 November 2011, Brussels (Belgium)

This conference organised by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) aims at sharing knowledge and considering the latest developments in the accreditation of continuing medical education and professional development in Europe.

Conference: Modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive

7 November, Brussels (Belgium)

This conference organised by the European Commission aims at presenting the results of the Green Paper of June 2011 and will be an opportunity to take stock of the various positions in advance of the Commission’s proposal in December.

Information and proramme.

Publication of the October edition of the HPCB Newsletter


The October edition of the HPCB Crossing Borders Update is now available. This update includes information on the Single Market Forum, the European Commission’s conference on the professional qualifications Directive and the European Parliament implementation report into Directive 2005/36/EC.

More information on the HPCB website.

Latest news following the Single Market Forum

3-4 October 2011, Krakow (Poland)

            - The Krakow Declaration was adopted the 4th October 2011.
            -  The Case Study on Doctors' Professional Card of the Steering Group on the professional card is now available. More information is available on the website of the Internal Market GD.

Next CEOM's Plenary Meeting : Saturday 12th November 2011 – Turin


On the invitation of the Italian Medical Chamber (FNOMCeO), the next CEOM Plenary Meeting will take place on Saturday the 12th November 2011 in Turin (Italy).

Registration form is available in the Agenda section.

Next CEOM's Meetings : Monday 5th September 2011


On the invitation of the Belgian Medical Chamber, the next CEOM Board will meet on Monday the 5th September 2011 in Brussels. Following this meeting, the Steering Committee of the European Observatory of Medical Demography will hold a meeting.

Meeting documents are available in the Agenda section.

The CEOM adopts the European Charter of Medical Ethics


At the CEOM Plenary session, held the 10-11th June 2011 in Kos (Greece), the participating organisations of the CEOM adopted the European Charter of Medical Ethics.

The Charter is available in the Activities section.