“We believe that the regulation of doctors’ practice is essential for the safety of patients more than anything else. As health professions we are very supportive of the regulatory measures the new Professional Qualifications Directive introduced to improve patient safety, mainly the alert mechanism and controls on language knowledge. We therefore regret that the Commission’s own efforts to make professional practice safer are now being threatened by the draft Directive. Case in point: does any small change to the national laws in place implementing the alert mechanism have to pass the proportionality test too?” asks Dr Jacques de Haller, President of the Standing Committee of European Doctors.
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