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CED EU Info 2017/01

Issue 1 - February 2017



Mercury – Dental Amalgam

In December 2016, after several months of negotiations at EU level, representatives of the Council, the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI), and the Commission, agreed on a legislative proposal for a regulation on mercury that was then approved by the ENVI Committee on 12 January 2017.
The legislative proposal was submitted to align the European legislation with the United Nations Minamata Convention on mercury, agreed in 2013, that aims to protect human health and the environment from negative effects of mercury. Read more

Proportionality Test for Regulation of Professions

On 10 January 2017 the European Commission proposed a Directive on a proportionality test to clarify how Member States should undertake a proportionality test before adopting or modifying any national rule on professional services. Member States will have to provide a justification why the regulation of professions is necessary and assess the proportionality of national measures. The stated objective of the proposal is to improve the single market for professional services providers and citizens by ensuring that unjustified regulation is not creating unnecessary barriers for professionals. Read more


On 28 November 2016 a first meeting of the Focus Group created by CEN (European Committee for Standardization) to develop criteria for possible future European standards in healthcare services took place. During the meeting two sub-groups were created: one to work on terminology in standardization and the other one to work on criteria for determining added-value of European standards.
The CED, together with partner organisations, is an observer in the Focus Group and its sub-groups: it participated in the meetings and will continue monitoring further developments. Read more

Healthcare personnel statistics: dentists in the European Union

Eurostat recently published updated EU statistics on dentists working in the European Union. Data indicate that in 2014, around 345.000 dentists worked in the European Union. In relation to population numbers, Greece recorded the highest number of dentists, 126 per 100.000 inhabitants; Bulgaria and Cyprus followed with 98, and Estonia recorded 92 dentists per 100.000 inhabitants. The countries that registered fewer than 50 practising dentists per 100.000 inhabitants were Slovakia, Malta and Poland. Read more

Annual Work Programme 2017 of the EU Health Programme adopted

On 26 January the European Commission adopted the 2017 work plan to implement the Third Health Programme (2014-2020), the main instrument the European Commission uses to implement the EU health strategy. The work plan sets out the priorities and actions to be undertaken, including the distribution of resources to implement the Health Programme. The actions fall under the four objectives of the Programme and 23 thematic priorities identified in Annex I to the Programme Regulation: Read more

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