European Osteopaths, Osteopathes de France and Aujourd’hui Santé Ostéopathie (association of patients) responded this summer to a consultation issued by the European Commission.

“CONSULTATION ON THE REGULATION OF OCCUPATIONS:
NATIONAL ACTION PLANS OF THE MEMBER STATES AND REGULATORY PROPORTIONALITY”

On 28 October 2015, the European Commission adopted a strategy for the Single Market for Goods and Services.
This strategy defines measures to develop this single market, in particular by improving the regulation of professional services.
In a recent mutual evaluation exercise, Member States had to examine their regulatory regimes for the professions and demonstrate that they fulfilled legitimate public interest objectives.
They had to present National Action Plans (NAPs) indicating how they expected to ensure the maximum effectiveness of their regulation, for both professionals and consumers.

The Commission wanted to know our opinion on the quality and usefulness of the NAPs and, in particular, how the proportionality of occupational regulation is assessed.
Proportionality means that a national regulation and its enforcement mechanism must be balanced in the public interest and that it cannot lock a profession for protectionist or corporatist purposes beyond the simple objective of Public interest.
The results will be analyzed and incorporated into a report submitted to the Parliament and the European Council in January 2017, setting out guidelines on country and occupational reforms and an analytical framework proposing a more inclusive approach to the assessment of proportionality.

The three associations from a common perspective responded on the profession of osteopath to this consultation after an interview with the service of the liberal professions of the French Ministry of Finance.


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