Following the application decrees of the law of July 20, 2011 issued in 2012, SYNAM drafted, in agreement with its employee union partners, the text of the national collective agreement on occupational health for model employees, a text that has become applicable to all agencies since its extension on October 4, 2016.
In 2017, following the El Khomri Law of August 8, 2016 and its enforcement decree of December 27, 2016 modernizing occupational medicine and occupational health services, Mr. Veran, Acting Chairman of the Social Affairs Committee, had a legislative text passed in April 2017 to specifically frame the medical monitoring of models by drawing the attention of doctors to their BMI (Article L.7123-2-1 of the Labor Code).
SYNAM immediately took up this issue, issued a press release and intervened on the evening of the vote, on the France 2 news channel and on the BFM news channel to denounce this umpteenth political attack on the thinness of models, who are once again wrongly accused of being responsible for the cases of anorexia encountered in the French population.
The monitoring of the health of models was considered from a French point of view, ignoring once again, like a few years before, that the models who work, especially during fashion-weeks, are not all French or French residents.
The protocol then envisaged did not allow foreign models to have a medical follow-up at the CMB.
For SYNAM, a minimum of fair treatment between French or resident models and models who are nationals of European or third countries seemed to be the minimum required from those who legislate without a prior impact study and without even receiving representatives of modeling agencies to understand the reality of the field.
The SYNAM has negotiated hard with the Ministries of Health and Labor a rider to the 2012 agreement in order to organize the medical monitoring of all models, regardless of their country of origin, in a pragmatic way.
This rider is applicable to all modeling agencies since its extension by order of December 6, 2017. It is available in the private access reserved for SYNAM members.