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DELEGATES Debra Adams Consultant Advisor, Assistant Director of Infection Prevention and Control, NHS England and NHS Improvement: Midlands, UK Marion Commane Infection Control Nurse Specialist, Ireland Maria Piedad Del Amo Head of Service, Occupational Health and Safety, University Hospital ‘Rio-Ortega’, Valladolid, Spain Anna Garus-Pakowska Assistant Professor and Chair of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion, Medical University of Lodz, Poland Gabriella De Carli Senior Registrar and Consultant, Department of Epidemiology and Pre-Clinical Research, National Institute for Infectious Diseases ‘Lazzaro Spallanzani’ - IRCCS, Rome, Italy Zita Kolder Occupational Hygienist, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands The delegate from France was unable to attend, and her views were reported by Gabriella De Carli Andreas Podbielski Head of Department of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene, Medical University of Rostock, Germany Theresa Saklatvala Chair, Content Director, Cogora 2 | 2020 | hospitalpharmacyeurope.com EC Directive 2010/32 is focused on eliminating, as far as possible, the risk of injury or infection to healthcare workers (HCW) from medical sharps. It was required to be transposed into national law of the EU Member States by 11 May 2013. On 3 October 2019, senior EU hospital professionals from seven EU countries met at the BD Innovation and Engagement Centre in Eysins, Switzerland, to compare experiences and policies governing the protection of HCW from medical sharps injuries in their Member States. They discussed who is at risk of needlestick injuries (NSI), compared the specific risk assessment and weighed the economic and human impact of NSI. Following analysis of the contribution of safety-engineered devices (SEDs) in the prevention of NSI, they concluded with recommendations for improving HCW safety through the avoidance of NSI. Council Directive 2010/32/EU (the Sharps Directive) introduces six principles to prevent workers’ injuries caused by all medical sharps through an integrated approach: risk assessment; elimination, prevention and protection; information and awareness-raising; training; reporting, and response and follow-up. 1 Implementation of the Directive and national policies governing HCW safety A quick tour of Europe sees that every country has implemented the Sharps Directive, with varying degrees of compliance. Awareness of the effectiveness of the Directive in the national/local setting is given in a series of reports: 2 Countries that indicated that reports [of the impact of the Directive] have been made available are, France (10. Surveillance nationale des accidents exposants au sang chez les soignants : réseau AES-Raisin 2015 [National Surveillance of Accidents Exposing to Blood in Caregivers: AES-Raisin Network] (available in FR) retrieved 17 April 2018), Germany (Trade Union and Employers, 11 separately: Unfallmeldungen zu Nadelstichverletzungen bei Beschäftigten in Krankenhäusern, Arztpraxen und Pflegeeinrichtungen [Workers’ Compensation Claims for Needlestick Injuries Among Healthcare Personnel in Hospitals, Doctors’ Surgeries and Nursing Institutions] retrieved on 17 April 2018), the Netherlands (13, joint response: Werkdruk, Agressie en Geweld in Zorg & Welzijn 2014 [Work pressure, Aggression and Violence in Care & Welfare]