Commitment details

Information about the commitment

Submission number 1317218555452-1436
Submission date
  • 28-Sep-2011
Owner of the commitment Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
Name of the organisation's representative in the forum Mervi KATTELUS
Name of the affiliated Umbrella Organisation or Federation
Title of the commitment Mobilising the Medical Profession
Commitment summary The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) represents medical doctors across Europe and is composed of the most representative National Medical Associations (NMAs) of 27 European countries. CPME aims to promote the highest standards of medical training and medical practice in order to achieve the highest quality of healthcare for all patients in Europe. CPME is also concerned with the promotion of public health, the relationship between patients and doctors, and the free movement of doctors within the EU. CPME also cooperates closely with national medical associations from associated and observer countries, as well as with specialised European medical organisations and international medical associations.

CPME calls for the active participation of its membership in combating alcohol-related harm with the help of the following measures:

Activity (1): CPME members are called upon to undertake a lobbying exercise at national level to campaign for controls over the advertising of alcohol products with a specific emphasis on its effects on children and young people. At least 14 CPME members will undertake such an exercise during the commitment’s lifetime. The CPME secretariat will provide the terms of reference of such a lobbying exercise.

Activity (2): CPME encourages its members to carry out information and awareness raising campaigns among doctors for early detection of patients’ excessive drinking with a special focus on promoting the prevention of alcohol-related problems at the workplace. At least 14 CPME members will undertake such an exercise during the commitment’s lifetime. The CPME secretariat will provide the terms of reference of such campaigns.

CPME commits to call on all its members (NMAs) to undertake concrete and verifiable actions in these fields, to assess these actions and to report to the Forum. To this end, the CPME Secretariat will:
- provide its members with terms of reference for lobbying action.
- provide assistance and background information to members on request, as well as general follow-up.
- will collect information on actions taken by members and formulate them in a report.
Link to further information relating to the commitment
Forum members, associated with the commitment
Partners, associated to the commitment

Contact Point

Contact name Sarada DAS
Organisation Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
Title/Position EU Policy Advisor
Address
Rue Guimard 15
1040 Brussels
Belgium
Tel 0032(0)27327202
Fax 0032(0)27327344
Email sarada.das@cpme.eu
If the commitment is implemented in more than one Member State indicate for each country the name of the national contact point

Information about the commitment

Background to the commitment (if any)
Having taken action on other priority areas of the EU Alcohol Strategy in the framework of past commitments to the Alcohol Forum, CPME wishes to focus activities for the coming period on the areas of ‘protect young people, children and the unborn child’ and ‘prevent alcohol-related harm among adults and reduce the negative impact on the workplace’ as set out in the Charter establishing the Forum. These areas for action were chosen for the new commitment in order to provide CPME support to key priorities as identified within the Forum (cf. meetings of 18 November 2010 and 8 April 2011). Furthermore this choice reinforces the importance of both focal points in a broader policy context in accordance with the ‘health in all policies’ principle. Additionally the areas for action reflect CPME’s long-standing dedication to prevention policies and health in the workplace.
Priority areas
  • Develop information and education programmes on the effect of harmful drinking
Baseline CPME has adopted policies in the past that underline the need to protect children and young people from exposure to marketing and advertising of alcohol products and the need to address alcohol-related problems at the workplace as priority areas for action. An example of a CPME policy can be accessed at http://cpme.dyndns.org:591/adopted/2007/CPME_AD_Brd_160607_029_EN.pdf ('Comments of the Standing Committee of European Doctors regarding the communication on an EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm', adopted on 16 June 2007).
Start date Oct-2011
End date Jun-2013
Expected interim date
  • 30-Jun-2012
Final report date
  • 31-Aug-2013
Member states
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Greece
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Sweden
  • Slovenia
  • Slovak Republic
  • United Kingdom
Other concerned countries Norway, Switzerland, Iceland

Commercial communication

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Consumer information

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Counseling

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Education

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Media

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Youth involvment

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Research

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Treatment

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Commitment activities in the following Member States

Commitment activities in the following Member States The action taken by CPME members in relation to activity (1) represent lobbying activities that the CPME membership, i.e. National Medical Associations across Europe, carry out at national level, in order to generate awareness for the issue among policy-makers in order to encourage policy action. In relation to activity (2), the CPME membership aims to improve information to its own members, i.e. doctors, in order to increase awareness for the issue of alcohol-related problems at the workplace and the benefits of early diagnosis. For both activities (1) and (2), CPME Secretariat will provide coordination and assistance to facilitate action,e.g. through Terms of Reference and general assistance as needed. CPME Secretariat will also compile a report on action taken under this commitment.

Information on monitoring

Objectives - Activity (1): to call on CPME members to raise awareness and encourage policy action in the Member States, by utilising the National Medical Associations’ import and network at national level, to encourage action by policy-makers.
- Activity (2): to encourage and facilitate National Medical Associations’ information dissemination on the topic to their members, to improve the medical profession’s awareness of the topic and possible interventions and to encourage the exchange of best practice.
As set out in the commitment, it is foreseen for at least 14 National Medical Associations to have engaged in each activity by the end of the commitment in June 2013. While these activities must be seen in a long-term context, the duration of the commitment is chosen to offer National Medical Associations the opportunity to consider action to be prepared, executed and reported.
Relevance (i.e. how will the commitment contribute to achieving the aim of the Forum ?) - Activity (1) is directly relevant to the priority theme 'protect young people, children and the unborn child'.
- Activity (2) aims directly at achieving the Forum Charter's priority theme ‘prevent alcohol-related harm among adults and reduce the negative impact on the workplace’.
- CPME has underlined the relevance of both priority themes in a medical context in its policy 'Comments of the Standing Committee of European Doctors regarding the communication on an EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm', adopted on 16 June 2007 (see above). The CPME commitment will not only encourage action relating to the specific activities, but also maintain the topic of alcohol-related harm on the agendas of the National Medical Associations, as well as acting as a reference point for action at national level. Parallel action in several Member States can optimising the effect of the message.

Input indicators

Number of people involved CPME rapporteur, EU Policy Advisor, CPME members
Time spent (Man/hours) The time spent shall be indicated in the interim and final report.
Cost (please indicate in €)
Other The following input indicators are foreseen:
- drafting of CPME commitment
- communication of CPME commitment
- liaison with CPME membership in implementation of the commitment
The precise numbers of CPME members and CPME Secretariat staff engaged in the commitment's implementation, as well as any additional input indicators, will be indicated in the interim and final reports.

Information on monitoring

Number of people reached
Number of people in the target group reached
Number of participants in different activities
Web site visitors
Number of products
Number of pamphlets/adverts
Established number of contacts
Other The following output indicators are foreseen:
- adoption of commitment by CPME
- number of CPME members who have undertaken action in relation to activities (1) and (2) of the commitment by the end of the commitment's lifetime
- creation and dissemination of Terms of Reference in relation to activities (1) and (2) of the commitment by the CPME Secretariat
- compilation of interim and final reports by the CPME Secretariat
The precise numbers of CPME members and CPME Secretariat staff engaged in the commitment's implementation, as well as any additional output indicators, will be indicated in the interim and final reports.

Outcome and impact

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Medium Term
Long Term

Evaluation details

Tool use
  • Internal evaluators
Type of methodology

Details about the monitoring report

Title of the commitment
Mobilising the Medical Profession
Name of the Forum member organisation owning the commitment
Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
Name of the Forum member organisation owning the commitment
Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
Is this a report for an ongoing commitment or a final report?
INTERMEDIATE
What is the time period covered by this report (in the case of a final report, the reporting period is the life span of the commitment)?
March 2014 - March 2015
Point of contact for the commitment (the person authorised by the organisation owning the commitment who can be contacted for information about the commitment):
Sarada DAS
EU Policy Advisor
Rue Guimard 15
1040 Brussels Belgium
0032 (0)27327202
0032 (0)27327344
sarada.das@cpme.eu
Commitment summary (based on summary given in original commitment form):
The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) represents national medical associations across Europe. We are committed to contributing the medical profession's point of view to EU and European policy-making through pro-active cooperation on a wide range of health and healthcare related issues.
- We believe the best possible quality of health and access to healthcare should be a reality for everyone. To achieve this, CPME promotes the highest level of medical training and practice, the safe mobility of physicians and patients, lawful and supportive working conditions for physicians and the provision of evidence-based, ethical and equitable healthcare services. We offer support to those working towards these objectives whenever needed.
- We see the patient-doctor relationship as fundamental in achieving these objectives and are committed to ensuring its trust and confidentiality are protected while the relationship evolves with healthcare systems. Patient safety and quality of care are central to our policies.
- We strongly advocate a health in all policies' approach to encourage cross-sectoral awareness for and action on the determinants of health, to prevent disease and promote good health across society.
CPME's policies are shaped through the expertise provided by our membership of national medical associations, representing physicians across all medical specialties all over Europe and creating a dialogue between the national and European dimensions of health and healthcare.

CPME calls for the active participation of its membership in combating alcohol-related harm with the help of the following measures:
Activity (1): CPME members are called upon to undertake a lobbying exercise at national level to campaign for controls over the advertising of alcohol products with a specific emphasis on its effects on children and young people. At least 14 CPME members will undertake such an exercise during the commitment's lifetime. The CPME secretariat will provide the terms of reference of such a lobbying exercise.
Activity (2): CPME encourages its members to carry out information and awareness raising campaigns among doctors for early detection of patients' excessive drinking with a special focus on promoting the prevention of alcohol-related problems at the workplace. At least 14 CPME members will undertake such an exercise during the commitment's lifetime. The CPME Secretariat will provide the terms of reference of such campaigns.
CPME commits to call on all its members (NMAs) to undertake concrete and verifiable actions in these fields, to assess these actions and to report to the Forum. To this end, the CPME Secretariat will:
- provide its members with terms of reference for lobbying action.
- provide assistance and background information to members on request, as well as general follow-up.
- will collect information on actions taken by members and formulate them in a report.
Web site/s relating to the commitment
The CPME commitment continues a commitment which ran from 2011. Policies adopted to this end have been made publicly available on http://cpme.dyndns.org:591/adopted/2014/CPME_AD_Brd_15112014_078_Final_EN_alcohol.forum.commitments.2014.1015.pdf
and
http://www.cpme.eu/policy-areas/alcohol-policy/
Description of the implementation of the commitment
Desk research and monitoring activities on the topic of controls of advertising and marketing of alcohol products (Activity 1) and the prevention of alcohol-related problems at the workplace (Activity 2) were carried out throughout the period to identify relevant publications, activities etc. and process them to inform the implementation of the commitment.
The Terms of Reference for the implementation of Activity 1 as well as the template letter were up-dated to reflect the developments in policy and science in the relation to the commitments' scope of action.
For Activity 2 the consolidation of the Terms of Reference was prepared. The work plan for the implementation of the commitments was up-dated to reflect the new duration
The implementation process was supported by regular exchanges between the CPME Rapporteur on Alcohol Policy and the EU Senior Policy Advisor.
Since the implementation of both activities has faced delays, the CPME Board approved the continuation of the commitments to 2016.
Objectives (cf. sections 4-5 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter): in which way and to which extent have the objectives set out in the original commitment form been achieved in the reporting period?
The commitment's objectives are as follows
- Activity (1): to call on CPME members to raise awareness and encourage policy action in the Member States, by utilising the National Medical Associations' import and network at national level, to encourage action by policy-makers.
- Activity (2): to encourage and facilitate National Medical Associations' information dissemination on the topic to their members, to improve the medical profession's awareness of the topic and possible interventions and to encourage the exchange of best practice.
During the monitoring period, the CPME members were presented with an up-date on progress made in the commitment's implementation at all meetings of the CPME Board. This has contributed to raising their awareness for the commitment and encouraging a debate within their national association with a view to supporting the implementation of the commitment.
The up-dating of the Terms of Reference and the consolidation of the work plan contribute directly to the technical implementation of the commitment.
Relevance (i.e. how did the commitment during the reporting period contribute to achieving the overall aims of the Forum - cf. section 3 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
- Activity (1) is directly relevant to the priority theme 'protect young people, children and the unborn child'.
- Activity (2) aims directly at achieving the Forum Charter's priority theme prevent alcohol-related harm among adults and reduce the negative impact on the workplace'.
CPME has underlined the relevance of both priority themes in a medical context in its policy 'Comments of the Standing Committee of European Doctors regarding the communication on an EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm', adopted on 16 June 2007 (see above). The CPME commitment will not only encourage action relating to the specific activities, but also maintain the topic of alcohol-related harm on the agendas of the National Medical Associations, as well as acting as a reference point for action at national level. Parallel action in several Member States can optimising the effect of the message.
- Ad Activity (1) and (2): The action undertaken in implementation of the commitment and beyond has ensured that the theme 'protect young people, children and the unborn child' was regularly brought to CPME members' attention. Complementary action which CPME undertook on minimum unit pricing of alcohol also underlined the need to take specific action to protect this demography.
On the priority theme prevent alcohol-related harm among adults and reduce the negative impact on the workplace', the research carried out in implementation of the commitment provided a framework for awareness raising among CPME members.
Input indicators (resources allocated to the commitment ("What was done to put the objectives into practice?") - cf. section 5a of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
- Desk research and attendance of event for compilation of new data from recent scientific publications, policy papers, project reports, laws etc. on (impact of) controls of advertising and marketing of alcohol products with a special focus on children and adolescents (Activity 1) and early diagnosis of harmful with a special focus on promoting the prevention of alcohol-related problems at the workplace (Activity 2). Staff time invested: approx. 35 hours (CPME Rapporteur, CPME Senior Policy Advisor, CPME intern)
- Meetings and email exchanges between the CPME Rapporteur on Alcohol Policy and CPME Senior Policy Advisor to discuss implementation of commitment. Staff time invested: approx. 8 hours (CPME Rapporteur and CPME Senior Policy Advisor) [cf commitment 1317293575795-1438]
- Discussion of commitment at CPME Board meetings, including preparation of agenda item, preparation of presentation, delivery of presentation and moderation of discussion, and de-briefing of agenda item. Staff time invested: 8 hours (CPME Rapporteur and CPME Senior Policy Advisor) [cf commitment 1317293575795-1438]
Output indicators (measure from a quantitative point of view the results created through the use of inputs ("What was achieved with the resources allocated to the commitment") - cf. section 5b of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
- Up-dated Terms of Reference (approx. 900 words) and template letter for lobbying action (approx. 500 words) of Activity 1 based on new evidence provided i.a. by the Action Plan on Youth Drinking and on Heavy Episodic Drinking (Binge Drinking) (2014-2016) and the conclusions of a workshop on alcohol advertisement and sponsorship held in the context of the 6th European Alcohol Policy Conference which the CPME Rapporteur attended on 27-28/11/15.
- Up-dated work plan for implementation of the commitment with timeline until December 2015
- Presentation of agenda item on alcohol policy including up-date on commitment at CPME Board meetings in Brussels on 05/04/2014 and Budapest on 15/11/2014. presentation by CPME Rapporteur on Alcohol Policy and question and answer session; and approval on CPME commitments 2014-2016. CPME Board meeting participants are 80 representatives of CPME membership (representatives of National Medical Associations of AU, BE, BG, CY, CZ, DK, EE, FI, DE, GR, HU, IS, IE, LV, LT, LU, MT, NO, PL, RO, SK, SI, SE, NL, CH, NL, UK, HR, IL, RS) as well as representatives of European Medical Organisations and the World Medical Association. Minutes of meeting prepared and archived on CPME members' website for future reference. [cf commitment 1317293575795-1438]
- Meetings between the CPME Rapporteur on Alcohol Policy and CPME Senior Policy Advisor on 05/04/2014, 15/11/2014 and 26/11/2014; regular email exchanges throughout monitoring period [cf commitment 1317293575795-1438]
Outcome and impact indicators (how successful has the commitment been during the reporting period in relation to the original objectives - cf. section 6 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter. These indications go beyond the minimum agreed requirements to monitor a commitment, and it is expected that this type of evaluation will not be carried out for all commitments.)
Short term
Short term: The CPME membership continues to support the implementation of the commitment as demonstrated by the unanimous approval for its extension http://cpme.dyndns.org:591/adopted/2014/CPME_AD_Brd_15112014_078_Final_EN_alcohol.forum.commitments.2014.1015.pdf
Medium term
Long term
Other
Evaluation details (tools and methods used, internal or external evaluators...)
To be completed once commitment is fully implemented
Other comments related to monitoring the commitment (This section is to be used to add any other information which can be useful in terms of understanding issues relating to the monitoring of your commitment, such as, any major obstacles that have been encountered, sources of data used, etc. If the basic details of the commitment have been changed, this field is to be used to explain why and how they were changed.)
There have been delays in the implementation of the commitment due to increased activity on different issues in the alcohol policy area; relating in particular to the on-going debate on the EU Alcohol Strategy and also on minimum unit pricing of alcohol. The new work plan was created to ensure the implementation of the commitment by March 2016.
Dissemination (How were the results of the commitment disseminated?)
see above
References to further information relating to the monitoring of the commitment
Attachments