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This section on health in the EU has been created as a trustworthy gateway to a wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European, national and international level. The content is produced by the European Commission, the Member States of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), plus EU candidate countries; by international organisations; and by pan-European non-governmental organisations in the area of public health.

PET recycling processes for food contact materials: EFSA adopts first opinions    europa.eu

PET recycling processes for food contact materials: EFSA adopts first opinions[...]

World Food Day event to discuss health implications of climate change    europa.eu

World Food Day event to discuss health implications of climate change[...]

Exploring the links between energy efficiency and resource efficiency - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Exploring the links between energy efficiency and resource efficiency[...]

Success Stories - Measuring the cost of greenhouse gases    europa.eu

A lack of clear data on how ecosystems deal with carbon dioxide has hindered understanding of how they are affected by land management and climate change. For a clear picture, scientists need accurat[...]

Mineral oil hydrocarbons: EFSA publishes opinion on these complex compounds    europa.eu

Mineral oil hydrocarbons: EFSA publishes opinion on these complex compounds[...]

EFSA launches project to predict the effect of climate change on aflatoxin B1 in cereals    europa.eu

EFSA launches project to predict the effect of climate change on aflatoxin B1 in cereals[...]

'Opening address: Climate Change and its Health Impacts on Food/Water Safety and Nutrition', EFSA, FAO, WHO joint seminar, Rome    europa.eu

'Opening address: Climate Change and its Health Impacts on Food/Water Safety and Nutrition', EFSA, FAO, WHO joint seminar, Rome[...]

How chewing gum solvent can help recycle polystyrene boxes    europa.eu

EU-funded researchers have developed an innovative, cost-effective and green method for recycling polystyrene packaging - such as those used to pack large quantities of fish - thanks in part to a sol[...]

Climate change set to undermine 50 years of gains in global health    epha.org

"The implications of climate change for a global population of 9 billion people threaten to undermine the last half century of gains in development and global health." This alarming finding by The L[...]

Research Headlines - Mapping the effects of climate change on deadly diseases    europa.eu

Climate change may influence the prevalence of various deadly diseases. But with the future climate still clouded in uncertainty, we can neither predict the precise impact nor prepare for it. Having [...]

Ecosystem services and biodiversity - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Ecosystem services and biodiversity[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft CVMP reflection paper on methods found suitable within the EU for demonstrating freedom from extraneous agents of the seeds used for the production of immunological veterinary medicinal products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

According to Directive 2001/82/EC and relevant European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) monographs (i.e. 24 Ph. Eur. 0062, 0030, 5.2.4., 5.2.5.), veterinary immunological medicinal products and biological o[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft concept paper for the development of a reflection paper on the use of extended-spectrum penicillins in animals in the European Union: development of resistance and impact on human and animal health, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This concept paper will focus on authorised veterinary medicinal products containing extended- spectrum penicillins1 (aminopenicillins, including their combinations with beta-lactamase inhibitors) wh[...]

Speech by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič at the University of Pretoria, South Africa    europa.eu

European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Speech 16 July 2015 Pretoria Thank you for your friendly hospitality and warm welcome! Ladies and gentlemen, My visit to your country is[...]

HEAL Newsflash - Summer 2015    env-health.org

Medics offer a healthy boost for a stronger Paris climate agreement HEAL welcomes the conclusion of the renowned Lancet Commission on health and climate change 2015 that `tackling climate change coul[...]

Initiativ Liewensufank - IBFAN Publication on climate change and health    env-health.org

What does breastfeeding have to do with climate change? That is the question IBFAN, the International Baby Food Action Network, is asking - and answering - in their new publication on climate change [...]

Success Stories - New analysis aids planning for climate change    europa.eu

A detailed picture of European weather patterns over the past decades is now emerging thanks to an EU-funded project to re-analyse historical records. The results will help governments plan for clima[...]

Commission refers Spain to Court over illegal landfills    europa.eu

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 16 July 2015 The European Commission is taking Spain to the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) over poor waste management in the regions of Andalusia, Balearic I[...]

Making energy efficiency clearer: Commission proposes a single 'A to G' energy label and a digital database for products    europa.eu

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 15 July 2015 See also: Press release: Transforming Europe's energy system - Commission's energy summer package leads the way (15 July 2015) As part of the E[...]

Uzbekistan strengthens the safety and resilience of its hospitals    who.int

Uninterrupted functioning of health services is of the highest importance in emergencies and disasters. Continuing functioning of hospitals depends on a range of factors, including the safety of its [...]

Initiativ Liewensufank - Publication on climate change and health    env-health.org

What does breastfeeding have to do with climate change? That is the question IBFAN, the International Baby Food Action Network, is asking - and answering - in their new publication on climate change [...]

HEAL supports ‘More than Energy' initiative in Poland    env-health.org

`More than Energy' is a nation-wide coalition in Poland, made up of local governments, institutions, NGOs and individuals, wishing to improve energy efficiency and increase renewable energy sources. [...]

EU Commission Vice President talks health in climate meetings    env-health.org

HEAL welcomes the emphasis placed on health implications by EU Commission Vice President Sefkovic (right) at the EU-Serbia High Level Conference on Climate Change last month. In a letter ahead of the[...]

A local eye on climate change    europa.eu

How might climate change affect communities and how can they cope with the impacts? To prepare the way for an EU-wide climate service that can best answer those questions, an EU-funded project has de[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft reflection paper on viral safety of plasma-derived medicinal products with respect to hepatitis E virus, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a causative agent of hepatitis in many countries and of emerging concern in industrialised countries. HEV is a non-enveloped, single-stranded, positive-sense RNA virus and [...]

Living in a changing climate    europa.eu

Our climate is changing. Warmer temperatures, changes in precipitation levels and patterns, or extreme weather events are already impacting Europe, and these impacts result in real losses. In a serie[...]

Doctors call on French authorities to give greater priority to health at COP21 climate summit    env-health.org

Doctors, medical and public health associations ring the alarm bells and ask for health to feature more strongly in the COP21 Paris agreement In a joint declaration released on Monday, 29 June, the F[...]

HEAL Reaction: Medics offer a healthy boost for a stronger Paris climate agreement    env-health.org

The UCL-Lancet Commission on climate change and health 2015 published today offers policy makers an opportunity to connect with an issue close to the hearts of European citizens - their health. By Gé[...]

New analysis aids planning for climate change    europa.eu

A detailed picture of European weather patterns over the past decades is now emerging thanks to an EU-funded project to re-analyse historical records. The results will help governments plan for clima[...]

Commission refers Greece to Court and gives Germany a final warning regarding the transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive    europa.eu

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 18 June 2015 The European Commission is referring Greece to the EU Courtof Justice for failing to transpose the Energy Efficiency Directive. Under this d[...]

New HEAL Webinar series: COP21 – Perspectives on how climate action can benefit health    env-health.org

In the run-up to the UNFCCC COP21 climate summit this December in Paris, the Health and Environment Alliance is launching an exciting new series of webinars on how climate action can benefit health, [...]

Scientific guideline: Reflection paper on assessment of cardiovascular risk of medicinal products for the treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

The purpose of this reflection paper is to provide recommendations for the evaluation of the cardiovascular safety profile of new, non-generic medicinal products that are intended for long-term treat[...]

HEAL participates in Paris conference on climate and health    env-health.org

Six months before the start of COP21, the French Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights is putting health in the spotlight through a high level conference, Climate, Health, Inequalitie[...]

LSHTM – Divestment from coal companies    env-health.org

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has become the first health research organisation in the world to sell off investments in coal companies from its £16m endowment in a bid [...]

How vulnerable are cities to climate change?    europa.eu

The European Environment Agency (EEA) published today a series of interactive maps, illustrating various climate threats European cities face as well as cities' capacity to respond to these threats. [...]

Catching waves for renewable energy production    europa.eu

The world's oceans are veritable power houses. If we could harness the forces of their waves and tides on a large scale, they could provide a considerable amount of sustainable electric power. An inn[...]

Events - Challenges of Research Targeting Children in Resource-Poor Settings and the Uptake of Results - 7 September 2015, Basel, CH    europa.eu

At this Symposium, which will be held during the 9th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health, the participants will discuss ways to use research results to improve children's [...]

A roadmap to help Africa's cities adapt to climate change    europa.eu

Many of Africa's cities lack the skills and resources to prepare for natural disasters, which scientists expect to become more frequent due to climate change. An EU-funded project has provided practi[...]

Speech by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete: The role of innovative, environmentally-friendly technologies in EU climate policy    europa.eu

European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Speech Brussels, 03 June 2015 Roundtable debate on the environmental goods agreement - promoting the EU environmental objectives through[...]

Gauging the impact of climate change on mountain water resources    europa.eu

Rising temperatures in mountain regions could have a significant impact on ecosystems, societies and economies around the world over the coming decades, according to EU-funded researchers who led a l[...]

Report - Conclusion of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the joint fulfilment of commitments thereunder - A8-0167/2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Chan[...]

Report - Agreement concerning Iceland's participation in the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - A8-0166/2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, on the one part, and Iceland, on th[...]

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