Moldovan stakeholders discuss options for the regulation and licensing of health professionals
18 January 2015

A relative lack of regulation on the licensing of health professionals in Republic of Moldova, coupled with an increase in migration of health professionals in recent years, has led to the displacement of health professionals and the need to look for mechanisms to ensure professional competence. 

On 15 December 2014, 40 Moldovan national stakeholders in health gathered in Chisinau to discuss the regulation and licensing of health professionals and learn from the experiences and varying systems of other countries, as presented by experts from Estonia, Israel and Poland. 

Meeting participants included the Minister of Health, State Secretary of Health, members of the Parliament and representatives of the Ministry of Health, the National College of Medicine and Pharmacy “Raisa Pacalo”, other medical colleges, the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy ‘’Nicolae Testemitanu’’, professional associations and WHO/Europe. 

The aims of the meeting were:

  • to familiarize participants with the various arrangements in the WHO European Region for regulation and licensing of health professionals, based on European Union directives and specific country profiles; 
  • to review the existing Moldovan system on regulation and licensing of health professionals and the challenges that exist within it;
  • to discuss required steps to align the Moldovan legislation with EU standards in the field, and the related challenges; 
  • to discuss the role of various stakeholders in developing, adopting and implementing the necessary mechanisms and arrangements for appropriate regulation and licensing of health professionals;
  • to share the experiences of EU countries that went through a similar process of legislative changes and modifications to their regulation and licensing systems. 

Though the decision to introduce a licensing mechanism can prove to be controversial and politically difficult, the participants agreed that such a process needs to be developed and that closer inspection of the experiences of other countries is needed before actions are taken in the Republic of Moldova. 

The workshop was organized by the WHO Country Office in Republic of Moldova, WHO/Europe and the Ministry of Health. WHO support for this activity is part of the biennial collaborative agreements 2012–2013 and 2014–2015 between the Ministry of Health and WHO/Europe. The event and the ongoing process of strengthening the Republic of Moldova's capacity to manage the migration of health professionals are components of the European Union funded project "Better managing the mobility of health professionals in the Republic of Moldova".


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