On February 20, 2024, Pascale MATHIEU, President of the CNOMK and President of EurHeCA, accompanied by Carolina MARTINEZ BERGANZA GARCIA, Vice-President of EurHeCA and representative of the General Council of Pharmacists of Spain, Rien MARINUS, Secretary General of EurHeCA and representative of the Belgian Order of Pharmacists, and Serge CAILLER, member of EurHeCA and representative of the French Order of Pharmacists, met with MEP Catherine AMALRIC (RE, France).

During this meeting, the EurHeCA representatives presented the association, its members, its objectives and its work.

The following points were then highlighted by the representatives of the association:

  • Patient safety must be the priority of the European policy on the mobility of healthcare professionals.
  • The competent authorities for healthcare professions gathered within EurHeCA must be consulted if the European Commission wishes to change the legislation governing the mobility of healthcare professionals.
  • Practical feedback on the implementation of the tools provided for in the Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications was presented, in particular concerning the alert mechanism of the IMI system in France, Spain and Belgium.

Catherine AMALRIC, a hospital pharmacist by profession, a former member of the French order of pharmacists, elected member of the ENVI Committee and the SANT Subcommittee of the European Parliament, was very interested in the information presented by the EurHeCA representatives. She particularly stressed the need to put the patient at the centre of health policies by guaranteeing a homogeneous quality of care within the European Union.

The members of EurHeCA and Mrs. AMALRIC wish to continue their discussions. EurHeCA sent the MEP specific details on the dysfunctions observed in practice concerning the tools provided for in the Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications following this meeting.

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