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About us

Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders (HPCB) is a partnership of healthcare regulators in Europe.

We contribute to patient safety through regulatory collaboration in the context of:

How we began

‘Crossing Borders’ began in 2004 as an EU-wide conference on regulatory information exchange.

An informal partnership of European healthcare regulators was created a year later.

Our agreements

We created our founding principles at the European Regulators' Consensus Conference in 2005. This two-year plan became known as the Edinburgh Agreement.

Between 2006 and 2007, we developed a new programme of work – known as the Portugal Agreement. This is an informal framework for:

  • identifying shared principles of regulation
  • providing transparent and accessible healthcare regulation
  • providing competence assurance of European healthcare professionals.