NHS European Office

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The NHS European Office provides an essential link between European policy and NHS organisations.

It covers a wide range of EU policy and legislative developments which have implications for the NHS. It also offers a range of opportunities for NHS organisations to engage with EU affairs, access EU support for innovation and to get involved with their work.

The office is based in Brussels and London and is part of the NHS Confederation. 

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About us

The NHS European Office was set up because of the increasing impact of EU policy and legislation on the NHS, find out about the work of the office.


Working Time Directive

The NHS European Office is pressing for changes to the European Working Time Directive.

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Work-life balance

The European Commission has approved the provisional agreement on a directive on work-life balance.

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Hazardous medicines; protecting healthcare workers from carcinogens and mutagens

The existing Carcinogens and Mutagens (CMD) Directive sets requirements to eliminate or reduce exposure to chemical agents.

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Mutual recognition of professional qualifications

The free movement of European citizens to live and work within the European Union (EU) is one of the fundamental pillars of the European single market.

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Workers’ and citizens’ rights

The European Parliament has adopted a provisional agreement for a new Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions.

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