New safeguards for patients from rogue healthcare professionals

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26 / 6 / 2015 5.20pm


New regulations are set to improve protection for patients from potentially dangerous healthcare professionals as well as cutting red tape for certain professionals that want to move within the EU to practise their professions.

After 18 January 2016, regulatory bodies across Europe will be required to operate a warning system to alert each other when a professional is banned from practising in one country, to stop them posing a danger to patients in another EU country. 

At the same time general care nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists will be able to apply on line under accelerated procedures for a European Professional Card (EPC), which will cut down on bureaucracy and enable them to provide services more easily in other EU countries. Further professions may become eligible for the EPC in due course, but the warning system will apply to all regulated healthcare professionals.

The new provisions are contained in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/983

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