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Medical Country of Origin Information (MedCOI4)

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Project MedCOI (Medical Country of Origin Information) enables EU+ member states to quickly access reliable and up to date medical COI of the countries/regions that applicants originate from.


The MedCOI project is established in order to improve the access to Medical Country of Origin Information (COI) for national migration and asylum authorities in Europe. Cooperation in order to improve the collection of medical COI and share competences, knowledge and information is the focus of the project.


The objective of the project is to provide and share reliable MedCOI in order to support well founded and correct decisions in international protection and other migration procedures.


Currently the MedCOI project counts 14 partner countries (AT, BE, CH, CZ, DE, DK, FI, IE, LU, NL, NO, PL, SE, UK) .


The MedCOI project was formerly funded by the European Refugee Fund (ERF) and is currently (since 2015) funded by the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).


The Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Netherlands is leading the project - through the Dutch Medical Advisors Office (BMA). As partners in the project providing the MedCOI service are the Federal Public Service Home Affairs - General Directorate Aliens Office (IBZ) of Belgium and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), situated in Vienna, Austria.


While some partner countries exclusively determine the availability of medical treatment in countries of origin, other partner countries need to research whether the available treatment is also (e.g. economically) accessible. The BMA is responsible for the collecting and sharing information on availability of medicines and treatment, while the Belgian Desk on Accessibility BDA (established by IBZ for the duration of Project MedCOI) deals with the information on accessibility like costs of medicines and treatment.


The BMA relies on a wide network of local medical doctors all over the world to provide up to date information on the availability of medical treatment possibilities in countries of origin.

In addition to research activities by its own staff, the BDA relies on a wide network of local experts all over the world to provide up to date information on the accessibility of medical treatment in countries of origin and furthermore conducts Fact Finding Missions.

All partner countries also have the opportunity to share their MedCOI information.


The ICMPD supports the MedCOI project with a number of activities, such as quality assurance, project evaluations and research on partner countries’ policy practices and jurisprudence.


Furthermore, the objective of Project MedCOI4 is to transfer the MedCOI service to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) as smoothly as possible in a sustainable manner.


Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - european or national level
Award type: submission
Award year: 2019
Project type
Sector: cross-sectoral
Type of activity:
Keywords: Provision of quick and reliable information about medical treatment in third countries
Short English description: Project MedCOI (Medical Country of Origin Information) enables EU+ member states to quickly access reliable and up to date medical COI of the countries/regions that applicants originate from.

The MedCOI project is established in order to improve the access to Medical Country of Origin Information (COI) for national migration and asylum authorities in Europe. Cooperation in order to improve the collection of medical COI and share competences, knowledge and information is the focus of the project.

Further information
Organisation: Immigration and Naturalization Service
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.medcoi.eu
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 6-10
Country: Netherlands
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
End date:


Medical Country of Origin Information (MedCOI4) (52.07911203487951, 4.322165250778198)
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