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European Forum

The European Forum is a bi-annual meeting which brings together a wide range of UK health stakeholders to consider European policies and initiatives. 

It is not an official BMA body, but the BMA Brussels Office provides the secretariat. The Chair of the Forum is elected from within the group and serves for an initial, renewable two-year period.


Terms of reference

(i) To consider European policy or initiatives of interest to the medical profession in particular and to UK health professionals in general

(ii) To exchange information about European activities

(iii) If appropriate, to coordinate action to influence EU institutions and the UK government



  • Two representatives from the BMA International Committee
  • One representative, or agreed alternative, of each of the BMA:
    1. Consultants Committee
    2. General Practitioners Committee
    3. Junior Doctors Committee
    4. Medical Academic Staff Committee
    5. Medical Students Committee
    6. Public Health Committee
  • One representative from each of the devolved nations:
    1. BMA Northern Ireland
    2. BMA Scotland
    3. BMA Wales
  • Representatives of a range of other organisations at their own expense, including:
    1. ABPI
    2. British Dental Association
    3. British Medical Journal
    4. Department of Health
    5. General Medical Council
    6. Health and Care Professions Council
    7. Health Protection Agency
    8. Joint Medical Consultative Council
    9. Medical Research Council
    10. National Clinical Assessment Service
    11. NHS European Office
    12. Nursing and Midwifery Council
    13. Overseas doctors’ organisations
    14. Royal College of Anaesthetists
    15. Royal College of General Practitioners
    16. Royal Colleges International Forum
    17. Royal College Nursing
    18. Royal College of Physicians
    19. Royal College of Surgeons
    20. Which?

The above list of outside organisations is not exhaustive and attendance at the European Forum remains open to relevant stakeholders at their own expense.