European Council of Medical Orders

The Summer 2020 Edition of the Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders Update (HPCB) has just been published

HPCB strives to contribute to patient safety by working together with professional healthcare regulators within Europe to promote effective regulatory collaboration of cross-border healthcare and free movement of healthcare professionals. HPCB is a tri-annual newsletter reporting on key policy news from the European Union and around the world, and outcomes of EU and international meetings and conferences. HPCB website: www.hpcb.eu

In this special Summer edition, HPCB focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on competent authorities around the world. CEOM Secretary-General, Dr. Jean-François RAULT, published the CEOM survey of national teleconsultation practice in European countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The main objective was to map best practices undertaken to support doctors’ vital work while protecting their health during the COVID-19 response. Twelve countries across Europe responded including: Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The outcome of the survey shows a shift toward teleconsultation across Europe, however, some differences have been identified particularly when it comes to medical procedures that can or cannot be conducted via teleconsultation and the technology available.

In addition, HPCB shared the European Medical Organisations condemnation of violence against healthcare professionals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Find the full press release here: European Medical Organisations condemn attacks on healthcare professionals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download here the Summer 2020 Edition of the Healthcare Professional Crossing Borders (HPCB) Update