The European Nursing Council (ENC) is the only mono-professional association bringing together nurses and midwives regulatory bodies at the European level



The main objective of ENC is to protect European citizens by ensuring excellence in:

  • Skills and practice of medical care
  • Professional standards
  • Education and training
  • Codes of conduct


It’s members are national mono-professionals bodies representative of our sector. Several Working groups ensure an efficient following up of all legislative proposals of relevance to the nursing and midwifery.


Founded in 2004, the ENC represents the European Council of Regulatory Bodies and Competent Authorities for the Nursing profession.


As FEPI before, and with a renewed enthusiasm and determination, the European Nursing Council (ENC) strives to become the voice of the European regulatory bodies and competent authorities for nursing in order to protect European citizens and patients by securing excellence in (1) nursing competences and practice , (2) professional standards, (3) continuous education and training and (4) codes of conduct. To realize these objectives, we act as an advocate of patient safety towards the European Institutions in order to promote patient safety and public health at the national an European levels. As a healthcare actor EU-wide, we are a valuable source of information for all stakeholders including nursing professionals, policy makers, patients, educators and researchers about nursing related issues across the EU. Since 2004, ENC is also collaborating with a worldwide network of universities and Nursing Councils in order to facilitate sharing of good practice. ENC strives to promote continuous nursing education and training as well as to lobby for high standards of public protection and patient safety. Towards this end, ENC organises periodic conferences and meetings across Europe with professionals from health sectors to increase good practice exchange and to foster dialogue with political and administrative bodies related to health sectors.

The General Assembly of ENC is the supreme body of the organization. It is composed of all its full members. Associated and observer members may attend but have no voting rights. Correspondent organizations may also be invited to attend.


ENC Secretariat in Brussels monitors all EU information relating to our profession and forwards it to the member organisations, along with a first analysis, via a monthly newsletter, the “News From Brussels”. Thus, Members come back to the Secretariat with feedback on issues of particularinterest to them, sometimes suggesting possibilities of common actions


EU related issues of particular interest are discussed in the framework of ENC’s ad hoc Working Groups. An Executive Board, elected by allactive ENC members, for a fouryears mandate, is coordinating all actions. It ensures contact with the Union’s institutions and Bodies and represents ENC in all relevant forums, assisted by the staff of the Secretariat composed of two to three political scientists and EU experts.


ENC, since 2004 is successfully maintaining close contacts with the European Commission’s Directorate Generals for Health, Research, Competition, Internal Market and Services. Furthermore, our organisation figures to develop strong friendship with several Members of the European Parliament interested in Nursing Professions. In fact, ENC is regularly consulted on issues related to the Liberal Professions more broadly due to its membership of the European Council of the Liberal Professions (CEPLIS).”