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The World Health Professions Alliance speaks for more than 41 million health professionals worldwide, and is the only alliance which convenes knowledge and experience from the key health professions in more than 130 countries.

Previous World Health Professions Regulation Conferences


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In May 2018 around 150 participants from 36 countries gathered with experts in health regulation with a programme that explored the lessons learned from competence-based approaches to regulation, compared regulatory models and examined ways of promoting best practice in regulatory governance and performance.


Austin: How do we set the right standards? How do we make standards work for better patient care? International regulation rather than national regulation

Benton: Who is regulating the regulators?

de Haller: Global professions need global regulations. How much local adaptation is needed? (Migration)

Dolman: Regulators, do we still have a viable purpose within a world challenged by vast differentials in demographics, legislation and technology?

Doumit: What does CPD mean? Why do we need CPD and how does CPD serve the patient? Cross-border recognition of CPD; How does it foster innovation?

Grant: Standards for CPD: Making them contextual, global, comparable and accountable

Gray: Ethics and professional autonomy

Jo: Big data analysis to improve care and patient safety

Martinez-Berganza: Market-driven deregulation attempts in the European Union

Rouse: Advancing learning to advance practice

Shaffer: Right touch regulation and best practice guidelines

Skinner: Positive examples from Australia and New Zealand of TTMR & benefits, lack of impediments to migrations and mutually agreed thresholds

Slawomirski: OECD – Patient reported outcome measurements (PROMs) by OECD

Waudo: Barriers to Implementation of Regulatory Standards in Africa

Wetende: What are the barriers to implementation? Mercury Example

Poster Abstracts:

ECFMG’s 2023 medical school accreditation requirement
Lisa L. Cover; Kara Corrado, Tracy Gill, Elizabeth M. Ingraham, Marta van Zanten

Developing a research agenda to support developing a medical education accreditation
Marta van Zanten; John R. Boulet

How do policymakers realize the cost-savings from biosimilars while maintaining healthcare provider autonomy
Philip Schneider; Michael Reilly

Health professions regulation in Portugal in the context of a broader health regulation framework
Inês Fronteira; Jorge Simões

Health professions regulation background and workforce migration in Mercosur
Fernando Mussa Abujamra Aith; Matheus Zuliane Falcão; Rachelle Amália Agostini Balbinot

Students’ perception of the learning environment and satisfaction with teaching and learning using a selfdirected learning approach among undergraduate physiotherapy students at University of Ghana
Jonathan N.A Quartey; Eksteen; Pickworth


WHPRC 2016

In May 2016 almost 200 health professionals gathered to discuss regulation and trade agreements, balancing the regulation of individual health professionals and health services and WHO’s global strategy on Human Resources for Health (HRH).


Campbell: Workforce 2030: The WHO Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health and the High-Level Commission on Health Employment & Economic Growth

Benton: Balancing regulation of individuals and health systems – Trends & Consequences

Catizone: Regulation versus Technology / Health Care Across Borders

Chappell: The impact of shared competencies and scopes of practice on regulation and quality of care

Fletcher: Aligning the different regulators and regulation

Gariepy: International Regulation rather than National Regulation?

Grant: Risk-based approaches to regulation of health professionals

Leblanc: EU regulation of healthcare implications for health care and health professionals

Marmot: Sustainable development goals: What is the impact on Human Resources for Health?

Masnyk: Building Shared Competencies in Physiotherapy – a regulator’s perspective

Wiley: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Implications for Health Care and Health Professionals

Yamalik: Quality of care, patient safety & shared competencies: A dental perspective


WHPRC 2014

In May 2014 global leaders of the main health professions urged their members to pay more attention to regulation issues and implement the right systems in order to act in the public interest.


Benton: Contrasting regulatory models to promote best practices in regulatory governance and performance

Bradley: Identification of shared competencies between health professions

Chave: Challenges Facing Professional Regulation ‐ An EU Perspective

Dussault: Challenges facing health professional regulation

Flin: Safe in their Hands? Non-Technical Skills and Competence Assessment

Gariepy: Competence-based Approaches and Professional Regulation: A Balancing Act

Monteiro da Silva: Closing address

Mungherera: Challenges in Health Professional Regulation in Africa

Parag: Regulation of Physiotherapists in Israel

Reid: Health professional regulation facing challenges to acting in the public interest

Robertson: Reflections on the first 3 years of national regulation and future directions

Seebohm: The Impact of Standardisation Initiatives in Europe and Global Lessons for Health Professional Regulation


WHPRC 2010

In February 2010 the event aimed to shape the future of health professional regulation within the context of global health systems' redesign and evolving roles, always keeping in mind that public protection is the primary objective of health professional regulation.


WHPRC 2008

In May 2008, the first World Health Professions Conference on Regulation was held, with topics around 'Different models of health professional regulation', ' Regulatory body governance and performance', and 'Trade in services and implications for regulation'.