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Peter Swindlehurst UKIPG Secretary. CEPLIS RPQ Directive Wkg Gp. Established at September 2013 CEPLIS Board. Invitation E-mail / letter to all CEPLIS Members; summary of key points and call for interest and contacts 20 Sep 13. Nine expressions of interest.

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Peter Swindlehurst

UKIPG Secretary


Ceplis rpq directive wkg gp
CEPLIS RPQ Directive Wkg Gp

  • Established at September 2013 CEPLIS Board.

  • Invitation E-mail / letter to all CEPLIS Members; summary of key points and call for interest and contacts 20 Sep 13. Nine expressions of interest.

  • CEPLIS Published list of respondents.

  • Letter, list of nominees, and comprehensive questionnaire sent to all nine respondents 30th Oct.

  • Six responses with completed questionnaires.

  • Questionnaire had four common questions, plus specific to topic supplementary. [Later]


Directive 2005 36 ec timeline
Directive 2005/36/EC - Timeline

  • Sep 2005 – New Directive –amalgamation of former Sectoral, General Systems (89/48, 92/51) and others.

  • 2006/2007 Implementation – National Regulations

  • 2010 – Commission starts evidence gathering for Evaluation. Experience Reports.

  • 2011 – Commission Public Consultation and Green Paper. Also research into ‘educational developments’ and Single Market Act 1 (incl RPQ)

  • 2012 – Proposal for amending / modernising 2006/36. Work in Euro Parl, EESC, Council WP, projects etc.

  • 2013 – Trilogue compromise text; text approved by EP 9 Oct and Council 15 Nov. Now 2 yrs to implement.


Points from agreed text 1
Points from Agreed Text 1

  • The European Professional Card (not a 'card' as such but an electronic certificate), its relationship to the Internal Market Information (IMI) system, and 'implementing acts' on translation and payment.

  • Access to Information and E-Government; National Contact Points, Points of Single Contact and Assistance Centres.

  • Minimum Training Requirements in the seven automatic recognition professions.

  • Alert mechanisms (see also Art 32 of Services Directive)


Points from agreed text 2
Points from Agreed Text 2

  • Common Training Principles, inclusive of Common Training Frameworks and Standardised Training Tests, noting that the onus is on professional organisations and competent authorities to make the initial suggestions of what, when and how.

  • Mutual Evaluation, with two aspects already started by the Commission on 2nd October. Major drive for transparency and no particular form of regulation.

  • Partial Access, and possible reasons for a MS to refuse.

  • Traineeships – partially qualified professionals.


Points from agreed text 3
Points from Agreed Text 3

  • Notaries – exclusion from Directive

  • Temporary and Occasional provisions, including 'seasonal' provision.

  • Education and Training Levels, including their relationships to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the Bologna process, and proposed amendments to Art 11 et seq, and the European Credit Transfer and Accreditation System (ECTS).

  • Language Requirements – especially for healthcare

  • CPD – in health professions


The 4 common questions
The 4 Common Questions

  • What priority do you give to this topic? H / M / L

  • What concerns do you have about this topic and how it might be implemented?

  •  What work have you done with your member bodies on this topic since publication of the compromise text?

  •  What work have you done with your national government officials on this topic since publication of the compromise text?

  • What professions or member states are really keen to implement the EPC? [Example of 5th Question]


First level analysis of priorities
First-level Analysis of Priorities

1. Access to Information and E-Government

2. Continuing Professional Development

3. Equal 3rd (4th 5th)

  • Alert mechanisms

  • Common Training Principles

  • Mutual Evaluation

    6. European Prof Card (lot of IMI / ‘turnround time’ Qs)

    7. Educational Levels

    8. Language Competence

    10. Temporary Mobility

    11. Partial Access

    12. Exempting Notaries


Minimum training requirements
Minimum Training Requirements

This dealt with individual interests of the seven Automatic Recognition Professions. No responses, either directly or indirectly for:

  • Doctors

  • Nurses

  • Dentists

  • Veterinary Surgeons

  • Midwives

  • Pharmacists

  • Architects


What else is happening
What else is happening?

  • Parallel CEPLIS Working Group on Common Values, chaired by John Fish of IIPA

  • Commission’s 2nd October Evaluation Projects on:

    • Evaluating national regulations on access to professions

    • Outcome of the peer review on legal form, shareholding and tariff requirements under the Services Directive.

  • Commission’s call for interest in EPC for health and other professions

  • European Medical Regulators’ response

  • UK DH and GMC Public Consultation on Language Competence

  • Commission’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.


Where do we go from here
Where do we go from here?

  • Who else wants to be involved – primarily but not necessarily by correspondence – more representative assessment of questionnaire questions?

  • The No 1 priority at present is NCP/PSC and E-government – mainly national. What is good or bad?

  • No 2 priority is CPD – CEPLIS has a WGp on CPD – how do we progress on this? Which WGp leads?

  • Two areas need prof association initiative (ie EPC and CTP) – who is doing anything? Who will lead on each?

  • IMI may not be an issue directly – but it underpins others? Shared experiences? Level of detail?


Any questions
Any Questions?

  • Thank you!


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