This March 31, 2023, in Madrid, took place the board of directors and the general assembly of EurHeCA (European health professional competent authorities), an association chaired by Pascale Mathieu, which brings together the competent authorities of the health professions and whose The objective is in particular to create a new dynamic in favor of the quality of care and patient safety in Europe.

During this day, numerous points were discussed, notably on the main developments at European level concerning the subjects of interest of EurHeCA and the current initiatives linked to the directive relating to the recognition of professional qualifications.

Two new members joined the association during this general assembly: the Order of Spanish Physiotherapists and the Order of Portuguese Physiotherapists.

This general assembly was also an opportunity to elect the second vice-president of the association. Carolina Martinez-Berganza, director of international affairs at Farmaceuticos, the national council of the Spanish order of pharmacists, was elected vice-president of EurHeCA, alongside president Pascale Mathieu, vice-president Philippe Laurent and from secretary Rien Marinus.

The members of the association were also able to discuss the question of the rehabilitation of sanctioned professionals, their proposals for action at European level for EurHeCA, the invitation of new institutions to join the association and the question of compulsory vaccination. health professionals in different countries.

At the end of the day, the presence of Pascale Mathieu in Madrid was the opportunity to organize a discussion meeting with the president of the Catalan Order of Physiotherapists, Ramon Aiguadé, also a member of the executive committee of the Spanish Order of Physiotherapists and the general director of the Spanish Order of Physiotherapists, Javier Porrero Soriano, with whom the Order of Masseurs-Physiotherapists is linked. Indeed, in 2017, a partnership agreement was signed in order to act jointly with European institutions with the aim of promoting physiotherapy concerned with patient safety. This meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of this partnership, but also to discuss the actions of each of the Orders in the prevention and fight against sexual violence and against violence against health professionals.

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