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Developing competencies for health promotion capacity building

27 September
Tallinn, Estonia (during the 9th IUHPE European Health Promotion Conference)
Final Conference of the European Project CompHP - Developing competencies and professional standards for health promotion capacity building in Europe

28 September
Tallinn, Estonia (during the 9th IUHPE European Health Promotion Conference)
Launch of the CompHP Project Handbooks at the 9th IUHPE European Health Promotion Conference


A series of events will mark the end of a European Project which aimed to develop core competencies, professional standards and a pan-European accreditation framework for Health Promotion in Europe. The CompHP Project, funded by the Health Programme of the European Union, commenced in 2009 and will end in October 2012. The project engaged in consultation with Health Promotion practitioners, policymakers and education providers across Europe and beyond, and succeeded in building a consensus on the core competencies professional standards and an accreditation system for health promotion practitioners and education and training courses.

The events will take place during the 9th IUHPE European Health Promotion Conference: Health and Quality of Life - Health, Economy, Solidarity, on the 28th of September 2012, in Tallinn, Estonia and will bring together leading health promotion experts from Europe and beyond.

In particular, a symposium will allow the participants at the conference to review the processes and outcomes of the Project, which succeeded, through a consensus-building process, to develop a shared vision for health promotion workforce capacity building in Europe.

These outcomes will contribute to raising the skills level of the Health Promotion workforce, through the establishment of a pan-European competency-based accreditation system, ultimately leading to a greater recognition of the distinctive contribution of Health Promotion to population health improvement. The CompHP Project seeks to develop the capacity of the health promotion workforce by ensuring that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to respond to current and future health challenges within rapidly changing environments, social, economic and political conditions. Thus, CompHP aims to improve Health Promotion education and training, and quality of practice in Europe, as well as employment and mobility of the workforce across the EU.

The symposium will be followed by a small celebration to launch the final publication of the Project ? the CompHP Handbooks comprising the CompHP Core Competencies, Professional Standards and Pan-European Accreditation Framework for Health Promotion Handbooks.

The launch will be chaired by Professor Margaret Barry, CompHP Project Leader, Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway, and, and Dr Isabel de la Mata, Principal Adviser - Public health and risk assessment at Directorate General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission.

The CompHP final publication is available online here

Each of the Handbooks is also available as a separate document, together with short versions in English, French and Spanish. These documents and reports on their development are available on the Project website ( ).

The CompHP Project is the result of a partnership of 11 organisations drawn from policy, practice and academic settings across Europe including: National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), the Royal Society for Public Health (UK), The Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion (NIGZ), the University of Perugia (Italy), the University of Cagliari (Italy), the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain), the Finnish Society for Social and Health (SOSTE), Finland, the University of Tartu (Estonia), the National Institute of Public Health (Czech Republic) and the Health Service Executive (Ireland).

In addition, thirteen other European organisations have been actively contributing to the project as Collaborating Partners. The project also benefited from the input of an International Experts Advisory Group with experience in developing competency-based standards and accreditation systems for health promotion worldwide.

For more information, please visit the CompHP website: 

Or contact:

Ms. Barbara Battel-Kirk
Project Coordinator
Tel: +35699878798
CompHP Project?s Website:



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