As the new President of EurHeCA, I would like, first of all, to publicly express my gratitude to all members for the excellent work started by my predecessor, Mr. Patrick Fortuit and his entire team. The success of our future, initiatives, hopes and works is based on the work begun in these years by our association.
I accepted this responsibility, aware of the difficulties, but also of the importance of reinforcing the essential role of the regulatory bodies and the competent authorities of the health professions in the European Union. A process that requires, as a necessary condition, the commitment of all to the protection of health and the guarantee of safety for patients that can be assured only by ethical, independent and competent health professional practice.
In this perspective, we intend to continue the excellent work already begun. We want to gradually extend the number of members of our Association so that, free of any administrative or financial obstacle, all the competent authorities of the health professions who wish to join our work as active members by right, thus widening the representativeness of EurHeCA in all European and international forums.
Currently, some key issues such as: the free movement of health professionals, the European professional card, the information exchange system, professional-related continuing education and the process of certification and rectification of professionals also related the assessment of continued competence; are some of the issues that need to be addressed by EurHeCA and, in some cases, completed in this new phase.
The new information and communication technology (ICT) should be a basic tool in the modernization of our organizations and their essential interoperability. In the short term we need fast electronic infrastructures and EurHeCA must demonstrate its capacity for innovation for which we have already taken the first steps.
With the effort, enthusiasm and experience of all our current members and all those who, certainly, will decide to join this task in the near future, will be able to provide quality, safety and, above all, , the greatest well-being for patients and professionals who, as competent authorities, we are proud to represent.
Prof. Máximo A. González Jurado
President of EurHeCA
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