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CED EU Info 2016/01

Issue 1 - April 2016



Regulation on mercury

On 2 February, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on mercury, and repealing Regulation (EC) n° 1102/2008.  The Commission proposes to implement two measures as of 1 January 2019: restrict the use of dental amalgam to encapsulated form and the mandatory use of amalgam separators by dentists. Capsules and amalgam separators will have to comply with harmonised EN standards, as last updated, or with any other national or international standards that ensure an equivalent level of quality and of level of residue retention. Read more

EU evaluating national legislation – focus on regulated professions

On 18 May, the European Commission organises a conference under the Single Market Forum 2015/2016 on reforming regulation of professions: results of mutual evaluation and way forward. The conference will focus on the work that EU countries have done to review their national regulations in the last two years and on what they propose in terms of regulatory reform – the so-called “National Action Plans” (NAPs). The NAPs are expected to be published ahead of the conference to allow stakeholders to comment on them. Read more

General Data Protection Regulation finally adopted

The EU Council has finally adopted its position on the data protection reform (‘General Data Protection Regulation’ (GDPR)) on 8 April. The European Parliament met on 14 April in plenary session and adopted the Council’s position without amendments. This means that the legislative process for the GDPR has been completed. The final text is going to be published in the Official Journal of the EU and will come into effect in 20 days after publication. The provision of the GDPR will apply in Member States 2 years later, i.e. in 2018. For dentists the adoption of the GDPR means no obligation of data protection impact assessment. However, in terms of the appointment of a data protection officer, the text of the Regulation is not clear. There is no explicit provision exempting dental practices from the obligation of appointing a data protection officer. The Regulation lays down the minimum requirements. It is up to the individual Member State to apply stricter rules.

Workshop on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – EU Action Plan is a success!

On 16 February, a workshop was organised to stakeholders to reveal the preliminary findings of the external evaluation of the European Commission's 5-year EU Action Plan against the rising threats from AMR. The meeting aimed also at obtaining feedback from stakeholders about the recommendations being developed. Senior Policy Officer Sara Roda attended this workshop and briefly reports. Read more

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

On 11 February, the European Commission organised a workshop on CPD to underline the importance for health professionals to regularly update and improve their skills and competences. This workshop had been a specific request from the Commission-led Expert Group on European Health Workforce. Senior Policy officer Sara Roda attended this workshop and briefly reports. Read more

European professional card in force since January 2016

On 18 March, the European Commission organised a conference to mark the issuance of the first European Professional Card (EPC) granted to a mountain guide. The EPC is available from 18 January 2016 for five professions (general care nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, real estate agents and mountain guides). It might be extended to other professions in the future if they express their interest. Senior Policy Officer Sara Roda attended this event on behalf of the CED, as well as the Head of the European Department and International Affairs of the Bundeszahnärztekammer Mr Alfred Büttner. Read more

eHealth Week 2016

This year's eHealth Week will take place on 8 - 10 June 2016. It is organised by the Dutch Ministry of Health as part of the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council, the European Commission and HIMMS Europe. The programme of the Week will focus on three themes: Empowering People, Trust&Standards and Social Innovation&Transition. More information about eHealth Week is available here.

Commission launches a call for interest to establish European Reference Networks

The European Commission has launched a first call for interest to establish a European Reference Network (ERN). ERNs are networks that can be created between healthcare providers and centres of expertise in the Member States, in particular in the area of rare diseases. They are based on Article 12 of the Directive 2011/24/EU on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare. ERNs purpose is to bring together specialists from across Europe and join their efforts to tackle complex or rare medical conditions that require highly specialized healthcare and a concentration of knowledge and resources. Read more

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