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CED EU Info 2017/02

Issue 2 - June 2017



Proportionality Test for Regulation of Professions

The European Commission proposed on 10 January 2017 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. The CED unanimously adopted its Position at the May General Meeting in Malta, calling for the exclusion of healthcare professions from this proposal. This request was echoed by MEP Dr Roberta Metsola who addressed the CED members in Malta and encouraged them to approach their representatives at national and EU level to inform them about the healthcare profession’s concerns Read more

Mercury Regulation and the Minimata Convention

The Mercury Regulation, which introduces requirements on the use and disposal of dental amalgam, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 24 May 2017. Un-der the Regulation, use of amalgam in children under 15 and pregnant and breastfeeding women will be restricted from July 2018 and use of encapsulated amalgam and amalgam separators will be obligatory from January 2019. 

The EU ratified the Minamata Convention.

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Medical Devices Regulation

The final text of the new Medical Devices Regulation was published on the 5 May 2017. The legislation will be applicable from May 2020, following a transition period of three years. CED will monitor the process of implementation, particularly the issues that might have an impact on dentistry. During the negotiations leading to the adoption of the Regulation, the CED particularly stressed the classification of nanomaterials, use of single-use devices and the Unique Device Identification system.   

SCCS opinion on water-soluble zinc salts in oral hygiene products

The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has pub-lished an opinion on water-soluble zinc salts in oral hygiene products. The Committee con-cluded that the use of zinc in toothpaste and mouthwash is safe for adults and children aged 7-17 years, and that the use of zinc in toothpaste is safe for children aged 0.5-6 years.  

Survey and conference on the European Professional Card (EPC) and alert mechanism

On 16 May, the European Commission organised a workshop to mark the 1st year of operation of the EPC and the Alert Mechanism. It was an opportunity to take stock of the use of these tools to help professional mobility in the EU. Read more

Mid-term review of the Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy

On 10 May, The Commission published the mid-term review of the Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy. The Commission will adopt a Communication in 2017 addressing the need and scope for further measures in the area of digital health and care, in line with legislation on the protection of personal data, patient rights and electronic identification. It will cover, in particular: Read more

The eHealth Week 2017

The eHealth Week 2017 organised on 10-12 May in Malta focused on Data for Health: the key to personalised sustainable care. Data lies at the heart of service delivery and the development of effective health policy. During eHealth Week, speakers and delegates explored the changing ways in which personal health data is created, stored, shared and used. 

Berlin Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance

The G20 health ministers published a Declaration - Together Today for a Healthy Tomorrow – on 20 May 2017. Under the 2017 German G20 Presidency, the G20 focuses on preventing and mitigating the devastating impact of health emergencies and counteracting the burden that Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) places on societies and economies. The chapter on AMR highlights the importance of the topic and the need for collaboration, awareness raising, education and research. 

Brexit – Article 50 triggered

British Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union on 29 March 2017, starting the two-year period of withdrawal negotiations between the UK and the EU. The UK is now expected to leave the EU by the end of March 2019. Read more

One of the more contentious discussions during the negotiations will be the rights of EU citi-zens living and working in the UK. Once a deal has been reached and agreed by the 27 EU Member States in the Council, national parliaments will have to ratify the agreement. The UK’s Great Repeal Act will come into force once the UK leaves the EU thereby copying all EU laws into UK law. 

White Paper on the Future of Europe

The European Commission presented a White Paper on 1 March, laying out five different scenarios for how the EU could evolve by 2025. The European Council is expected to publish a first conclusion as a response at its December 2017 meeting. 

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