The WHO Regional Committee for Europe, building on the Tallinn Charter and a number of other resolutions, has endorsed resolution EUR/RC67/R5 addressing health workforce policies in the Region. The Regional Committee highlighted the consensus that exists on the prevailing global crisis in human resources for health, the responsibilities of Member States for the development of their national health workforce policies and plans, and the continued need for collective efforts to tackle international migration.

  • Resolution EUR/RC67/R5 (2017) urges Member States to accelerate efforts towards achieving a sustainable health workforce by optimizing the performance, quality and impact of health workers by transforming education and training. This requires alignment of investment in human resources for health with the current and future needs of the population and of health systems, and building institutional capacity for effective policy stewardship and governance of human resources. It also necessitates improvements to the evidence base and strengthening of data, as well as the application of analytical approaches to health workforce dynamics, policy and planning.
  • Resolution EUR/RC59/R4 (2009) urged Member States to enforce their efforts to develop and implement sustainable health workforce policies, strategies and plans as a critical component of health systems strengthening, particularly in view of the changing demographics and health care needs in the Region. In line with the European values of solidarity, equity and participation, it advocated adoption of a global code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel, both within the WHO European Region and globally.
  • The Tallinn Charter, endorsed by all European Member States through resolution EUR/RC58/R4 (2008), called for investment in the health workforce, as it has implications not only for the investing country but also for others, owing to the mobility of health professionals. It stipulated that the international recruitment of health workers should be guided by ethical considerations and cross-country solidarity.
  • Resolution EUR/RC57/R1 (2007) urged Member States to improve information and the knowledge base on their health workforces and to develop national health workforce policies, plans and strategies.