Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
The EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013 has selected its 28 national finalists. During the month of November, a national jury meeting was held in each member state where renowned public health experts and health journalists evaluated all the submissions and decided which article should be appointed to represent their country.
Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the above-mentioned preliminary opinion of the SCENIHR, which focused on the use of nanosilver and possible associated health risks
During this meeting Ministers reflected on emerging health security events of the last year and explored collaborative actions to protect the health and safety of the populations, and to strengthen health security globally.
SCENIHR: Protecting citizens against new health risks
This report provides an outline of new evidence on health inequalities in the European Union (EU) and the policy response to this at EU and national level to health inequalities since 2009. The report confirms significant health inequalities between and within EU Member States. Within this broad picture some indicators of inequality have decreased, some remained constant and others have increased.
You have the right to receive medical treatment in another EU Member State and the right to have your home country cover some or all of the costs.
With nearly 30 000 new cases of HIV reported in the 30 EU and EEA countries in 2012, the European Commission is still actively involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Forum is hosted by Slovenia's National Institute of Public Health and focuses on the themes of national cancer plans and screening, as well as present and final conclusions by the EPAAC.
Science fact sheet on 'Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam'
The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks SCHER have published a science fact sheet on 'Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam'.
European Antibiotic Awareness Day promotes prudent antibiotic use in over 40 countries
This conference aims to foster a high level policy debate about how to best scale up innovation within the care systems in response to the demographic challenge and how to create the associated opportunities for new growth and jobs.
The eHealth network has adopted Guidelines to make it possible to share basic health information for a patient across EU borders.
The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is a European health initiative coordinated by ECDC which provides a platform and support for national campaigns on the prudent use of antibiotics during the week of 18 November.
Science fact-sheets explaining the opinions produced by the European Commission's non-food Committees on parabens, methylene glycol, fragrance allergens, nano zinc oxide in sun screens and scanners are now also available in FR, DE and ES. Discover how these products have an impact on your daily life.
Diabetes: the need for a cross-sectoral EU policy response
This new Decision is an important step forward in improving health security in the European Union and protecting citizens from a wide range of health threats, such as possible future pandemics and serious cross border threats caused by communicable diseases, chemical, biological or environmental events.
The cross-border healthcare directive enters into force
'Eyes on Ages - A research on alcohol age limit policies in European Member States'
Each year to keep the organ donation debate alive, the day is organised by a different member state, this year Belgium is the host. To coincide with this the Commision organised journalist workshops on organ donation. All the presentations are now available online.
World mental health day, 10 October 2013
Tonio Borg, Commissioner for health welcomes the positive vote on the Commission's proposal for the revision of the Tobacco Products proposal which took place on 8th October in the European Parliament.
This publication explains what the EU does in the health area, why the EU is involved and what the results are.
Best ever edition! Almost 1000 articles on health issues from the 28 member states! Croatia has successfully joined the competition for the first time. Articles will now be sent to the national juries to select national finalists. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in April 2014.
European Medicines Agency (EMA) launch video clip explaining the '▼' inverted triangle symbol for medicines under additional monitoring
A black triangle will start appearing on product information this autumn to encourage reporting of suspected adverse reactions.
Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg stresses how healthy habits early in life can help save you from heart diseases.
EU Actions to fight anti-discrimination in health
Come and join world renowned DJ, Bob Sinclair at Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels
16th European Health Forum, Gastein (2 – 4 October 2013) - Resilient and Innovative Health Systems for Europe
DG SANCO will host an EU Session on improving access and combating discrimination in health care with a focus on vulnerable groups. Plus there will be an EU health programme 2014–2020 information workshop. Tonio Borg, EU Commissioner for Health and P. Testori Coggi, Director General , will participate.
The submission deadline of the EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013 is almost here, submit your articles!
Become one of the 28 finalists of the EU Health Prize for Journalists and attend the award ceremony where the EU winner will be selected at the European Commission premises in Brussels.
EU Actions to fight obesity and to promote healthier lifestyles
The award was presented at the European Respiratory Society's annual Congress which gathers around 20 000 healthcare professionals. ‘Quit Smoking With Barça’ has been recognized specifically for its contribution to improving European lung health and has drawn significant praise from the scientific and medical community across Europe for promoting the lifelong benefits of quitting smoking.
This report describes the main actions that the European Commission has taken to implement its 2009 Communication on health inequalities. It also gives an overview of the size and trends in health inequalities in the EU since 2000.
At an award ceremony in Brussels last night, Quit Smoking With Barça was recognised with a silver Euro EFFIE award for effectiveness in marketing communications.
DG Health and Consumers is pleased to present the new version of the Commission Public Health website. It achieves a double purpose, adapting the design of the website to new internet devices, particularly navigation on smartphones and tablets and integrating the Health-EU Portal and its newsletter.
An 'easy to read' fact-sheet is now available in 4 languages on the Opinion on "nano-form Zinc Oxide in Sunscreens’'
The progress report on the Paediatric Regulation
Citizens better protected from cross-border health threats
EU actions raise awareness and help people prevent skin cancer
Special Edition - Scientific Committees
Croatia becomes the 28th Member State of the European Union on 1st July 2013
A layman version is now available for the 'Opinion on Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products'.
EU Health Prize for Journalists. Are you a journalist interested in health?
The EU is constantly striving to make tobacco products and smoking less attractive to young people
Right to health, right to life – HIV and human rights
eHealth Week: Driving a healthier Europe
Sound scientific advice and expertise helping to make life healthier and safer for European citizens
Patient safety gets better treatment across EU countries
The black symbol will be accompanied by wording to encourage healthcare professionals and patients to report suspected adverse reactions (side effects) on these medicinal products
Peggy Maguire from The European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) talks about preventing lung cancer in future generations, stopping teenage girls smoking, and Cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women.
Preparing the EU for personalised medicine – tailor-made, individualised diagnostics and therapy that take into account genetic differences
Strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health systems within tighter public healthcare budgets
Investment in health a priority in the Social Investment Package
Deadline for the calls for proposals is 22 March 2013'
Health of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities including Roma
Population-based screening programmes for 3 types of cancer are being rolled out across Europe following an EU recommendation
First prize awarded to Petr Třešňák (left) of the Czech Republic for his article “Adventures in ward 14” – a story highlighting problems in mental health
New video shows how the EU is supporting various programmes at local, regional, national and European level to encourage better nutrition and higher levels of physical activity.
The European Commission has updated legislative measures on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products to improve the functioning of the internal market and to better protect citizens from all European Countries.
Health Systems – the European Dimension