In October 2008, the Québec-France Agreement on professional qualifications recognition was signed between the government of Québec and the government of France. This agreement aims to facilitate and accelerate the acquisition of the right to practice a profession in the other territory.All of the regulatory bodies (professional orders) are front-line players in implementing the Agreement.
To date, 25 professional orders of Quebec have signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) with their French counterpart - among them, the Collège des médecins du Québec which regulates the medical profession in both territories.
The participants will gain:
· a better understanding of the issues of professional qualification recognition in the context of global mobility, in regard to the protection of the public;
· an increased knowledge of the challenges imparted in the process of negotiating and implementing this kind of agreement, considering the differences between actors and the levels of intervention involved;
· through the case of the medical profession, a better understanding of the institutional and methodological issues at stake, notably in terms of assessment and compensatory measures.
The speakers will describe the common procedure for recognizing professional competence imbedded in the Québec-France Agreement and will focus on both the institutional and methodological aspects of the procedure.
They will highlight the MRAs already signed regarding the particularities of the professions involved.
They give a special attention to the case of the medical profession, stressing the challenges and difficulties encountered by the regulators involved, notably in terms of assessment and compensatory measures for the candidates from the other territory.
In their closing remarks, they will offer a prospective view of the the current negotiations between Canada and the European Community that aim at a Global Economic Accord, which should contain a chapter on professional qualifications recognition.
Jean-François Thuot, Executive Director, Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec
Yves Robert, Secretary General, Collège des médecins du Québec