Friday, November 19, 2010

The European Single Market –what’s in it for Hospital Pharmacists?

The European Commission has launched a public debate on a package of about 50 measures to revamp the Europe’s single market and stimulate economic growth and emploment.

The new “Single European Act” includes proposals to review EU rules in areas such as public procurement and mutual recognition of professional qualifications (MRPQ) which have direct implications for pharmacists. 

For example, for pharmacists working in public hospitals and involved in the procurement of medicines, the review EU public procurement rules provides an opportunity to reflect on their experience in applying the rules and to make suggestions on how the process could be improved. The review of the MRPQ Directive offers an opportunity to reflect on the changing role of pharmacists and to consider whether the basic requirements for the recognition of professional qualifications are still up to date. 

Although more in depth public consultations will be launched on any specific legislative proposals that go forward, the current debate is an opportunity to give some initial views on issues which are important for pharmacists. EAHP encourages you to share your views with us on the Single Market Act so that we can take a coordinated approach as European hospital pharmacists.

More information about the Single European Act along with an online submission form to contribute your views to the debate is available on the European Commission’s website.

The deadline for submitting views to the Commission is 28 February 2011.