Conference - 17 November 2017 -  Brussels

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Regulating health professions in a European perspective



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8.30 - 9.00 Registration
9.00 - 10.30

 Opening Session

Welcome and introduction: Regulating health professions in Belgium to ensure access and quality of health care
Tom Auwers, President of the executive committee, Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Belgium
Jo De Cock, CEO, National Institute of Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI), Belgium

Regulating health professions in the EU while ensuring free movement: rules and principles
Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union and Professor of European Law at the KU Leuven, Belgium (by video message)

Trends in the medical health workforce in Europe
Gaetan Lafortune, Senior Health Economist, OECD Health Division, France
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 - 13.00
 Regulating access to health professions in a European perspective
Chair: Pedro Facon, Director-General Healthcare, Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Belgium 

Health workforce planning in Belgium: steering national production while managing international flows
Brigitte Velkeniers
, President of the Federal Planning Committee Medical Supply, Belgium

Potential obstacles to free movement for healthcare professionals
Kimberley van den Bergen
, Consultant Health, Ecorys, Netherlands

Panel discussion: Balancing professional mobility with the need to plan for the right numbers and skills
This panel will discuss how national health authorities can ensure the right quantity and quality of health professionals to meet future patientsí needs within a context of free movement. While the Directive on professional qualifications determines the scope for regulating individual access to the medical profession, EU Member States organise national planning mechanisms to steer and control the production and supply of health care workers within their territory. To what extent can these measures be considered justified and proportional? What can and needs to be done to verify and ensure the competence and skills of health care providers trained in another Member State?

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 16.00
 Regulating the quality of health professionals in a European perspective
Chair: Jo De Cock

Monitoring, measuring and enforcing the quality of health care in Belgium: past, present and future
Tom Goffin, Project Manager for the reform of health professions regulation, Belgium

Maintaining skills and ensuring fitness to practise in European countries
Martin Mc Kee, Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

Panel discussion: Regulating health professionals or health services? How to ensure quality and patient safety? 
This panel will discuss how regulatory frameworks for quality assurance in health care are changing to adapt to changing contexts and insights. An increasing focus on multidisciplinarity, team-work and 
patient-centredness requires different approaches in defining and ensuring quality and safety. How should this be translated into regulation and/or statutory healthcare contracting? To what extent does 
European or international standardisation of health services provide an answer to these challenges? 

16.00 - 16.15


Maggie De Block, Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health, Belgium
16.15 -17.00 Reception