European directive on training for general practice

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6965.1317 (Published 19 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1317
  1. J Allen

    Widespread anxiety exists about fully implementing the European Union directive on specific training for general practice. Training for general practice has been mandatory in Britain since 1981, with the legislation embodied in the NHS Vocational Training Regulations.1 These regulations apply to the training of principals in general practice in the NHS, but other categories of doctors, such as locums and assistants, have not needed to comply.

    In 1986 the European Community introduced legislation to make specific training for general practice mandatory in all member states.2 This directive was consolidated with previous directives in 1993 to become Directive 93/16/EEC3; member states must fully implement it by 1 January 1995. The directive provides for the mutual recognition of diplomas and periods of training the defines the minimum acceptable length of specific training. It also requires that each member state ensures that “the exercise of general practice under national Social Security schemes” from next January should be conditional on doctors having …

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