Patient safety and public protection in an enlarged European Internal Market cannot be achieved without common understanding of the values and codes of conduct that govern the nursing profession.
The FEPI Working Group on Ethical Codes has been working on the principles and values that would lead to a European Code of Ethics and Conduct for Nursing. Such principles are crucial for the future of the profession and would bring substantial added value to the work being carried out on this matter at EU level. FEPI has closely collaborated with CEPLIS-the European Council of the Liberal Professions, which is the leading organisation in the reflection on Common Values for the Liberal Professions in Europe.
The FEPI Working Group on Nursing Education Training & Competences has been set up following participant recommendations made during FEPI 2 nd Annual Conference in Rome held in May 2006. It follows the work of the former Advisory Committee at the Nursing Education level. The group seeks to provide guidance and exchange of good practice among nursing regulators and competent authorities in the field of nursing education, training and competences.
The work of the group focuses on the update and upgrading of nursing education in Europe. More specifically, it deals with the implementation of the EC Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications, the Bologna process and the forthcoming EC ILP (Integrated Lifelong Learning Programme). The WG members have been liaising with educators and European networks especially with regard to nursing competencies at European level.
Chair: Dr. Anne-Marie Ryan – ANA
The role of the working group on policy is to co-ordinate FEPI’s response to EU legislative developments and to drive FEPI’s advocacy work.
Set up in January 2009 in London, the working group has, over the past year, coordinated FEPI responses to a number of European Commission proposals, including the Green paper on the future of the European workforce for health.
A key area of focus for the policy working group is the Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications (2005/36/EC). While the education and training working group focuses on the training provisions of the legislation, the policy working group works to ensure that FEPI’s patient safety concerns with respect to the Directive are heard by the European institutions.