World Health Professions
Regulation Conference 2014

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland


Social Programme
Hotels & Travel
Geneva, Switzerland


The programme will focus on three major areas:


These three main themes will be developed through plenary sessions with key note speakers and panel discussions.


Challenges facing health professional regulation

There have been heightened calls for greater effectiveness and accountability in professional regulation in recent years often as a result of high profile cases of professional misconduct. Increased government oversight and intervention in professional regulation as well as shifting government priorities all create challenges for health professional regulation.  Increasing numbers of trade agreements, a push for greater harmonisation and ease of mobility, economic pressures, privatisation and corporatisation of health and education services and health human resource challenges are all impacting the regulatory context globally.

Scopes of practice are evolving and new levels of providers are being introduced to meet increasing health care demands driven by changing population demographics and disease patterns, reduce growing health expenditure and improve acess to healthcare. In a number of countries, there is an increased focus on inter-professional collaboration, including in health profession regulation, with the move to apply umbrella legislation to multiple health professions and /or to establish a single regulatory administration for multiple health professions.

This session will explore some of the current regulatory challenges as well as critically evaluate mechanisms for transforming challenges into opportunities to enhance health professional regulation in the public interest.
A keynote speaker will be followed by a panel presentation and discussion with members addressing:

  • Increased government oversight and intervention in professional regulation
  • Trade agreements and the impact on regulation
  • Evolving scopes of practice and
  • Inter-professional collaboration including how it relates to regulation

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the current context of regulation globally including current challenges
  • Understand some of the issues regulators and health professionals face as they address these challenges
  • Explore strategies and mechanisms to positively shape the evolving regulatory context


Lessons from the evolution of competence based approaches to regulatory functions

Competence based approaches to health professional learning and assessment, including assessment of professional learning and continuing competence to practice have evolved in response to challenges to health care delivery globally.
In some countries, competence based training and assessment are considered to provide a potential solution to health workforce shortages by supporting greater health workforce flexibility and reducing the cost and time of educating health professionals. 

This session will consider competence based approaches the health professional learning and assessment, and critically evaluate elements of these approaches in the context of health professional practice and regulation, including establishing the threshold for quality health professional performance and implementing appropriate models of training and assessment.

A keynote speaker will be followed by a panel presentation and discussion with members addressing:

  • Measurement of entry level and health professional competence
  • Who should determine the performance standards for each health profession?
  • Identification of shared competencies between different health professions
  • Other approaches the measuring safe and quality practice in the context of the current and future complex and rapidly changing models of health care services and delivery

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the extent to which competence based approaches can be used to accurately assess the level of professional knowledge, skills and judgement required for practice
  • Explore whose role it is to decide what the threshold is for competence in the clinical setting
  • Consider whether competence based approaches provide a basis for globalisation of professional standards


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

Regulatory governance refers to the systems and practices by which regulatory bodies are directed and managed. Effective regulatory governance is a critical element of accountability for regulatory performance in the public interest. It also provides a framework for the proper management of a regulatory body, and the achievement of required outcomes.

Regulatory bodies need to employ best practices in both operational and strategic governance in order to ensure they effectively perform their functions and responsibilities and comply with all obligations.  Governance frameworks ensure oversight and provide direction and advice to the leadership of the body as well as guidance for those staff tasked with day to day operations. 

Governance frameworks may range from pure self-regulation to pure government-based regulation.  Associated legislative instruments may focus on a single profession or through an umbrella act for two or more professions.  Systems and practices supporting good regulatory governance may change over time as policy and external environments evolve.  There is an ongoing obligation on regulatory bodies to monitor and review their regulatory frameworks, systems, practices, and assess their performance to ensure that these key elements remain relevant and current to the environment in which the regulatory body is operating.

A keynote speaker will be followed by a panel presentation and discussion with members addressing:

  • Frameworks, systems and practices of regulatory governance ranging from pure self-regulation to government based regulation
  • Characteristics of good practice in administration and management of regulatory bodies Approaches to monitoring and reviewing performance of regulatory bodies, including ensuring accountability of administration and management of self regulated models and government regulators

Learning Objectives:

  • Contrast differing models of regulatory governance and their administrative structures to assess relative strengths and weaknesses.
  • Understand the importance of effective regulatory governance
  • Explore the key features of good regulatory governance


Crowne Plaza Hotel
Avenue Louis-Casaï 75-77
1216 Cointrin
Geneva, Switzerland

17 & 18 May 2014


The World Health Professions Regulation Conference is hosted by the World Health Professions Alliance