Council General Approach on Proportionality Test Directive

Please click here to read the General Approach concerning the Commission proposed ‘Proportionality Test’ Directive. [The proposed directive sets a common framework for conducting proportionality assessments before introducing new, or amending existing, legislative, regulatory or administrative provisions restricting access to or pursuit of regulated professions.] The European Parliament has also started work on the proposal. The IMCO […]

ENVI Committee draft opinion on Proportionality Directive

The European Parliament ENVI Committee (Environment and Health – which is not the leading committee for this proposal) published a draft opinion on 29 May, calling for the exclusion of healthcare services from the proposed Directive. The formal vote for this opinion will take place on 28 September. The lead Committee (Internal Market and Consumer […]

Why health professions should be excluded from EU proportionality directive – opinion paper by OSE

Mrs. Rita Baeten (whom many of you will remember from early the days of the revision of the Qualifications Directive). Mrs Baeten now works for the European Social Observatory and her article argues that health professionals should be exempt from the proposed proportionality directive for regulated professions. She argues further that a specific approach is needed for the application […]

HPCB recommendations on EPC & Alert Mechanism

Following the HPCB conference in October 2016 and feedback received from the HPCB fitness to practise sanctions mapping survey, HPCB have complied a set of recommendations to the European Commission on the European professional card (EPC) and alert mechanism. The European Commission recently marked the first year anniversary of the EPC and alert mechanism and […]

Workshop on EPC & Alert Mechanism – 16 May

The European Commission is holding a workshop to reflect on the experiences of the first year of operation of the European Professional Card (EPC) and the accompanying ‘Alert Mechanism’. It will take place on 16 May 2017 in Brussels. The Commission launched a public survey on 17 March to gather views on first experiences of both initiatives. […]

Commission publishes survey on EPC & Alert Mechanism

The European Commission has launched a survey on the experiences of the EPC and the Alert Mechanism. As you know these are still run as “pilots” and the results of the evaluation will help decide how the EPC should be extended to other professions. It is very important that we all respond to this survey […]

Priorities of the Network adopted

As you will remember from the Madrid meeting, the Consejo General de Enfermeria has kindly made resources available to continue running the Secretariat of the Network. We have an exciting programme of work which will focus on the following 5 priorities: Ensure Annex V of the Qualifications Directive reflects regulators’ interests Represent Nurse Regulators in […]