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Call for applications for membership of the European Commission's non‐food Scientific Committees (term 2016‐2021)  

The European Commission invites scientists to join its non-food Scientific Committees. Are you a scientist interested in making a difference for Europe? Apply online! Deadline: 2 November 2015

The science factsheet on 'DEHP' is now also available in French, German and Spanish  

Interested to discover more about this topic? Find more information on the Scientific Committees' web pages.

The science factsheet on 'Synthetic Biology' is now also available in French, German and Spanish  

Interested to discover more about this topic? Find more information on the Scientific Committees' web pages

EXPH Opinion on Cross-border Cooperation adopted  

The Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in Health (EXPH) has adopted the opinion on Cross-border Cooperation by written procedure on 29 July 2015.

Web summary on 'Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields' now also available in French, German and Spanish  

Read these versions, using the language selection tool on top of the target page.

EU Health Award for NGOs fighting Ebola: deadline for applications approaching (31st July 2015)  

The deadline for applications for the EU Health Award is approaching: submit your initiative by 31st July 2015!

Endocrine Disruptors: Commission publishes summary report on the public consultation  pdf

The Commission has today published - as planned - a summary report of the replies received to the public consultation on establishing scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors, as required by the regulations on biocidal and plant protection products.

Civil Society representatives: Call for expressions of interest is open for the EMA PRAC and EMA CAT Committees  

The Commission is launching a selection procedure to appoint Civil Society representatives in the EMA PRAC and EMA CAT Committees of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), in London. The deadline for submission of applications is on 30 September 2015.

Health-EU Newsletter - "New online system cuts red-tape for Health Programme applicants"  

Editorial by Jacques Remacle, Head of Health Unit, Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency

Preliminary Opinion on Additives used in tobacco products  

This Opinion identifies tobacco additives that have carcinogenic, mutagenic properties or that are toxic for reproduction and should be put on the priority list as laid down in the Tobacco Product Directive. Deadline for comments: 6 September 2015

Commission convenes 2nd conference on European Reference Networks in Lisbon (8-9 October 2015): registration now open  

The conference will focus on the implementation of European Reference Networks and facilitate the exchange of information and expertise on establishing and evaluating such Networks.

Launch of the public consultation on Preliminary Opinion on Synthetic Biology III: Research priorities - Scientific Committees  

This Opinion addresses specific risks to the environment from SynBio organisms, processes and products, identifies major gaps in knowledge to be considered for performing a reliable risk assessment and provides research recommendations resulting from gaps identified. Public consultation open until 16 September 2015.

Civil Society representatives: Call for expression of interest is open for the EMA Management Board  

The Commission is launching a selection procedure to appoint four Civil Society representatives in the Management Board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), in London. The deadline for submission of applications is on 20 September 2015.

"Beauty is more than skin deep, but cosmetic products shouldn't be!" - Special Edition Scientific Committees  

Editorial by Dr Qasim Chaudhry, Vice-chair of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety and Chair of the Working Group on nanomaterials in cosmetic products

Final Opinion on the safety of medical devices containing DEHP (phthalates)  

The main focus of this Opinion, which is an update of the 2008 SCENIHR Opinion, is on the potential risk for patients exposed to DEHP or similar plasticising compounds leaching from medical devices. Exposure of the general population to plasticizers has also been addressed.

Recruitment and Retention of the Health Workforce in Europe: Study published today!  

The European Commission commissioned a study to identify and analyse effective strategies for recruiting and retaining health professionals and aims to serve as inspiration for the development of organisational strategies and human resources policies in Europe.

Is it safe to use cosmetics containing silica in nanoform?  

Read our easy to read science factsheet and discover more about it! This factsheet is available in English, French, German and Spanish.

New EU logo to help patients avoid online sellers of fake medicines  pdf

From 1 July, all online pharmacies or retailers of medicines legally operating in the EU should display a new logo introduced by the Falsified Medicines Directive (2011/62/EU) to protect patients.

Attend live, or online! '50 Years of EU Pharma legislation: achievements and future perspectives' conference  

Register now through 24 July for the Commission's 28 September 2015 event in Brussels, marking the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the first EU pharmaceutical law. If you can't be there in person, follow on @EU_Health and join the conversation on #EUpharma50

Health-EU Newsletter: "As the EU grows, so do our public health responsibilities"  

Editorial by Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General for Health, Directorate General Health and Food Safety, European Commission

Open for comments until 29 July 2015: Opinion on future trends of cadmium accumulation in EU arable soils  

The former Scientific Committee for Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and Environment adopted an opinion on this topic in 2002. Since then, new scientific information has become available. The SCHER concludes that this newly acquired information is of sufficient scientific quality to warrant an update of the 2002 Opinion.

Final Opinion and science factsheet on Synthetic Biology II - Risk assessment methodologies and safety aspects  

This is the second of three scientific Opinions on Synthetic Biology (SynBio), published by the European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committees. The Opinion addresses SynBio’s implications for human and animal health as well as for the environment.

Public consultation launched on the Preliminary Opinion on the safety of surgical meshes used in urogynaecological surgery  

This Opinion looks at the rationale for and risks associated with the use of surgical meshes for various conditions, how to identify high risk patient groups and further assessment needs. Deadline for contributions 19 July 2015

Competition among health care providers: Final Opinion adopted  

The independent Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in Health (EXPH), which gives non-binding advice to the European Commission, has published the final opinion on “Competition among health care providers - Investigating policy options in the European Union”.

EU Health Award for NGOs fighting Ebola launched  

The European Commission is proud to present its new EU Health Award, which this year will call for applications from non-governmental bodies that were at the forefront of the fight against Ebola.

Health-EU Newsletter: "Blood donors give the gift of life; let's give back with the highest level of donor care"  

Editorial by Karin Kadenbach, Member of the European Parliament and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety; Chair of the MEP Group for Kidney Health

Safety of the dental amalgam and its alternatives: easy to read science now available in French, German and Spanish  

Science fact sheet and web summary on ‘the safety of dental amalgam and alternative dental restoration materials for patients and users’ now also available in French, German, Spanish

“ACCORD” Joint Action: conference in Madrid highlights results  

The project “Achieving Comprehensive Coordination in Organ Donation throughout the European Union- ACCORD” is a Joint Action co-financed by the EU Health Programme, which aims to narrow the inequalities in organ donation in Europe.

EU Health Programme - Annual Work Plan 2015 adopted  

This work plan sets out the priorities and actions to be undertaken in 2015, including the allocation of resources, to implement the third Programme of the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020)

SCCS publishes Opinion on Silica, Hydrated Silica, and Silica Surface Modified with Alkyl Silylates (nano form)  

Synthetic amorphous silica (SAS) materials are used in cosmetics and other consumer products including pharmaceuticals and foods. This is the first scientific Opinion based on information submitted via the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP). Deadline for comments: 26 June 2015.

World No Tobacco Day 2015: Eurobarometer reveals that tobacco use is down by 2 percentage points in the EU since 2012, but 26% of Europeans are still smokers  

In the age category 15 to 24 years the reduction is 4 percentage points (25% vs 29%). Average age of starting smoking remains unchanged at 17.6 years. 59% of smokers have tried to quit – 19% in the past 12 months. 12% of Europeans have tried e-cigarettes, compared to 7% in 2012.

Health-EU Newsletter - "The new Tobacco Products Directive – one year on"  

Editorial by Linda McAvan, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on the Tobacco Products Directive

Conference on Innovative Financing: Opportunities for Active & Healthy Ageing (Brussels, 3 June 2015)  

The conference seeks to highlight how we can practically leverage public and private financial instruments and maximise synergies in the area of active & healthy ageing in the EU.

Health-EU Newsletter: "Our health depends on theirs: good planning essential for the EU's health workforce and sustainable health systems"  

by Michel Van Hoegaerden, Joint Action Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting Manager, Belgian Federal Public Service of Health

European Patients’ Rights Day (12 May 2015): “10 Patients’ Rights” Factsheet  pdf(168 KB)

The European Commission has released a factsheet highlighting 10 benefits of being a patient in the EU.

Mental health in all policies: Conference in Helsinki, 11-12 May 2015  

The conference "Supporting sustainability and growth in Europe" aims to disseminate evidence and good policy practices based on the activities funded under the EU Health Programme, including projects and the Joint Action on Mental health and Well-being.

Call for information for a SCHER scientific opinion on estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children  

Interested parties are invited to submit any relevant studies and information concerning the ingestion of toy materials by children that could assist the scientific committee in preparation of the opinion.

Safety of the dental amalgam and its alternatives: SCENIHR Final Opinion  

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), have published the final scientific opinion, which assesses the safety and effectiveness of both dental amalgam and its possible alternatives.

Commission adopts a Single Digital Market Strategy for Europe  pdf

The EC adopts its Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe which aims to make the EU's single market freedoms "go digital" and boost growth and jobs in the EU. The strategy includes telemedicine and ehealth, which is a step forward in promoting interoperability and standards of these digital technologies in the EU, for the benefit of patients, health professionals, health systems and industry.

Health-EU Newsletter - "Getting Expert help in making effective investments in health"  

Editorial by Professor Jan De Maeseneer, Chair of the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, Professor in Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, Ghent University, Belgium

Joint procurement of medical countermeasures and Seasonal flu vaccination to be discussed in Luxembourg on 29 and 30 April  

The event aims to enhance the relationship between stakeholders, industry and the EC on two health topics: joint procurement of vaccines and other medical countermeasures and the implementation of the Council Recommendation on seasonal influenza vaccination.

Malaria: a persistent health threat that we must face head on  

On World Malaria Day, Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, highlight a persistent global health threat that must not be forgotten.

Conference "Endocrine disruptors (EDs): criteria for identification and related impacts" open for registration (Brussels, 01 June 2015)  

The aim of this conference is to inform Member States, Members of the European Parliament, third countries representatives and stakeholders about the on-going impact assessment on criteria to identify EDs and to provide a platform for further exchanges of views. Registration open until 19 May 2015.

EU-Health Newsletter publishes landmark 150th edition  

This e-newsletter, published in 23 languages, complements the Commission's' public health website and appears every other week. As well as presenting the latest EU news and activities, there is an in-depth focus theme. 23,000 readers subscribe and previous editions are archived.

Health-EU Newsletter: "New EU Directives on Tissues and Cells boost safety, but we can't stop there"  

Editorial by by Dr Peter Liese, MEP, European People's Party Coordinator – Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

‘Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable’: Sign up to the new and improved iCoach and set your personal challenge today!  

Today, the Commission launches a new and improved version of ‘iCoach’ the innovative digital health coach that helps people quit smoking.

New CD with Scientific Committees 2014 opinions  

A compilation of all scientific opinions adopted in 2014 by the Commission's non-food Scientific Committees SCCS, SCHER and SCENIHR is now available.

New EU rules on human tissues and cells increase patient safety  pdf(25 KB)

The Commission has adopted two sets of rules for human tissues and cells to protect patients in the EU through ensuring high quality and safety standards.

World Health Day dedicated to Food Safety  

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis joins forces with the World Health Organisation to highlight the importance of food safety. This year, World Health Day is dedicated to food safety, a topic that reminds us that all too often in Europe we take for granted that the food on our plates is safe.

SCENIHR easy-to-read web summary on potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields  

Read this summary available in 4 languages explaining in a comprehensive way the recent opinion and the world of electromagnetic fields.

Health-EU Newsletter - "World free of Tuberculosis" – addressing the needs of vulnerable groups  

by Aljona Kurbatova, Head of the Infectious Diseases and Drug Abuse Prevention Department, Estonian National Institute for Health Development

Endocrine Disruptors: Commission steps up dialogue with stakeholders  

The Commission is launching today a series of roundtable meetings with stakeholders, aiming at informing on the impact assessment process on the criteria to identify endocrine disruptors

World Tuberculosis day: “Together we must address the social inequalities that allow Tuberculosis to spread.”  pdf(260 KB)

On World TB day, Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, rallies support for a holistic approach to eliminate TB as a public health problem in the EU and worldwide.

EU Health Policy Forum to discuss new format  

The Commission presents Forum’s revised objectives and the new communication mechanism to health stakeholders.

European Medicines Agency (EMA) celebrates its 20th anniversary  

On 17 March, Commissioner Andriukaitis visited EMA for the first time, on the eve of the Agency’s 20 year anniversary.

Final report of the Conference on the State of Health of Vaccination in the EU in Rome (3 November 2014)  pdf(2 MB)

Italian Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin and DG Sante Public Health Acting Director John Ryan were among the high-level speakers at this conference, where topics included everything from measles and influenza to barriers to vaccine acceptance.

European Summit on Innovation for Active and Health Ageing to showcase what the EU can do  

The European Commission organises thematic 'Sandpits' at the summit, touching on subjects like integrated care, nutrition to prevent frailty, the role of pharmacies, health care professionals' preparedness and sustainable health systems.

SCENIHR final opinion and easy-to-read factsheet on potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields just released  

The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks concluded that current scientific research does not link any adverse health problems with EMF exposure within the limits suggested by EU legislation. This includes EMF emissions from mobile phones, WiFi, appliances and power lines.

Health-EU Newsletter: "How the new can help the old – putting innovation to work to help Europe's ageing population"  

Editorial by by Peter Portheine, Director Brainport Health Innovation

High-level conference “Ebola, from emergency to recovery” (3 March 2015)  

The European Union is organising a high-level conference co-chaired by the EU, UN, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the AU and ECOWAS. The EU is providing substantial support in development cooperation to the Ebola-affected countries to stabilise and assist them in recovering from the crisis and beyond.

Workshop on the EU Health Programme actions against Tuberculosis (Riga, 30 March 2015)  

EU and ECDC experts will present the ECDC Framework Action Plan to Fight Tuberculosis in the EU and the key EU actions on TB prevention and control funded under the Health Programme 2008-2013. This will pave the way to future actions under the 3rd Health Programme to tackle Tuberculosis (TB) and multidrug resistant TB.

European Rare Diseases Day 2015: the top facts on EU Action  pdf

At the European Commission, we take an integrated approach to further improve the access and equity to prevention, diagnosis and treatment for patients suffering from a rare disease throughout the European Union.

SCENIHR final opinion on the safety of BPA in medical devices  

This opinion of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and newly identified risks assesses the safety of the use of bisphenol A in medical devices, provides limit values for BPA release from medical devices and identifies patient group, e.g. infants, pregnant and breastfeeding women who would be particularly at risk.

Antimicrobial Resistance to remain a priority in the EU beyond 2016  

The Commission publishes a progress report on its five year Action Plan Against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The Plan takes a holistic approach and sets out 12 concrete actions both in the human and the veterinary field.

Public consultation on the preliminary opinion ‘Competition among health care providers in the European Union – Investigating policy options’.  

Interested parties are invited to provide comments on this preliminary opinion of the Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in Health (EXPH). The consultation will run until 8 April 2015 via the EXPH website

Health-EU Newsletter: "Healthy lifestyle for a healthier future in the EU"  

Editorial by Guntis Belēvičs, Minister for Health of the Republic of Latvia

Study looks at the impact of lifestyle habits on the efficiency of Europe’s health systems  

The "Comparative efficiency of health systems, corrected for selected lifestyle factors" study aims to gain insight into the efficiency of the health systems in EU countries, whilst taking into account intrinsic differences in population conditions between them. Covering the EU Member States, Iceland and Norway, led by RIVM, the study was requested by the Commission, who also funded the project.

Opinion on Chromium VI in toys adopted by the Commission's Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER)  

The Opinion assesses the safety of migration limits for chromium VI in toys or components of toys in view of new available evidence, in particular, with regard to potential carcinogenic effects of chromium VI. Read also the easy to read fact sheet on this topic (available in 4 languages)

Fact sheet on the safety of Metal-on-Metal hip implants  

Hip implants can give people their mobility back. But, do they come with risks? Read this easy-to-read summary of the SCENIHR Opinion on “The safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants" (available in 4 languages).

Newly published joint report on Antimicrobial Resistance is first to include data on humans, animals and food  

Requested by the Commission, this joint report by the European Medicines Agency, the European Food Safety Authority and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control provides an unprecedented global view of the growing threat posed by antimicrobial resistance.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of pharmaceutical legislation in the EU  

Today, the EU legal framework for medicinal products for human use guarantees high standards of quality and safety of medicinal products, while promoting the good functioning of the internal market with measures that encourage innovation and competiveness.

Improving indoor air quality in EU schools  

SINPHONIE, an EU-funded research project on indoor air quality in EU schools, and its impact on children's health, has published conclusions and guidelines for maintaining good air quality. They are expected to contribute to healthier school environments in Europe.

EU Health Programme workshop on Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing (12-13 February 2015 - The Hague, The Netherlands)  

This workshop presents results from projects and joint actions co-funded under the 2nd EU Health Programme and promotes the exchange of knowledge and best practices between eight Member States. It is organised by the Commission, CHAFEA and the Dutch Health Ministry.

Health-EU Newsletter: "Global Health – think global, act local, but what do we do at EU level?"  

Editorial by Andrzej Rys, Director of Health systems and products, DG Sante

Special Edition - Scientific Committees: "Scientists examine the potential – and the risks – of Synthetic Biology"  

Editorial by Theo Vermeire, Head of Department Nanotechnology, Occupational Health and Transport Safety Centre for Safety of Substances and Products, RIVM, The Netherlands. Chair of the Scientific Committees Working Group on the SynBio Opinions

SCENIHR final opinion on health effects of nanomaterial used in medical devices is now published  

The guidance published by the Commission and the Scientific Committee on Emerging Newly Identified Health Risks provides information on how to evaluate the risk when a nanomaterial is used in a medical device. It includes input from the recent public consultation.

Impact of information on patients’ choice within the context of the Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare  pdf

This EC-commissioned study looks at how the availability of information affects patients choices about healthcare in another EU Member State in the context of the Directive adopted in 2011.

Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on Synthetic Biology II - Risk assessment methodologies and safety aspects  

This opinion answers the questions regarding the implications of likely developments in SynBio on human and non-human animal health and the environment and determining whether existing health and environmental risk assessment practices of the European Union for GMOs are adequate for SynBio.

Health-EU Newsletter - Health at a Glance: accurate check-up results on which to base policy decisions  

Editorial by by Stefan Schreck, Head of Health Information Unit, European Commission, DG Health and Consumers

Identifying best practice in actions on tobacco smoking to reduce health inequalities  

Many health risks are more common among lower socio-economic groups, and have been shown to cause considerable health inequalities. This study describes the impact of tobacco control policies on socio-demographic groups in Europe.

Ebola a priority topic at 15th Global Health Security Initiative Ministerial Meeting in Tokyo  pdf(286 KB)

Health experts and ministers from the European Commission, the WHO, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Britain, Canada and the US met on 11 December to discuss collective preparedness and response to various types of health threats, including Ebola.

Health-EU Newsletter - Mental Health: Let's put plans into action  

Editorial by José Miguel Caldas de Almeidam, Coordinator, Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-being

Health at a glance: Europe 2014  

Discover latest information on health and health systems in 35 European countries, including all European Union member states, candidate countries and EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is largely based on the European Core Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, developed by the European Commission and is complemented by additional OECD indicators.

Regional conference on Rare Diseases (2-3 December 2014, Prague)  

The conference will present the results from several actions co-funded under the 2nd Health Programme from the field of rare diseases and foster the exchange of knowledge and best practices between European experts and countries.

Call for experts for the risk assessment of cosmetic products (Deadline: 11 January 2015)  

DG Health and Consumers has launched a call for expression of interest to appoint experts who will assist the work of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). They are appointed in their personal capacity as external experts in the working groups of the SCCS.

Health-EU Newsletter - HIV/AIDS: 10th Anniversary of the Dublin Declaration is a time for reflection, not for complacency  

Editorial by by Anna Marzec-Bogusławska M.D., M.P.H., Director of The National AIDS Center, Poland

5th Journalist Workshop on organ donation & transplantation  

The 5th edition will take place on 26 November 2014 in Brussels, with 37 journalists from 20 countries. Among the speakers, key European experts will present transplantation activities from different perspectives, while several patients and donors will deliver personal testimonies.

eHealth Network adopts guidelines on ePrescriptions  

National health systems are moving towards electronic systems for medical prescriptions. The Commission and EU countries have a common goal to ensure that these electronic prescriptions can be used safely in another Member State.

Call for membership of the Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL)  

Applications can be submitted online until 15/12/2014 to become members of SCOEL in different areas related to occupational chemical risks.

Health-EU Newsletter - Antimicrobial resistance  

"Take care, not antibiotics: the prudent use of antibiotics" - Editorial by Martin Seychell, EC Deputy Director General for Consumers and Health, responsible for Directorates B, C and D

Regional CHAFEA workshop: “Health security: how to benefit from European projects?” (Brussels, 13-14 October 2014)  

The Consumers, Health and Food executive Agency and the Belgian Federal Public Service organise this workshop. Follow the workshop live tomorrow from 10 AM

European Commission launches a new platform to support Ebola experts  pdf(14 KB)

The new platform enables the rapid exchange of information on the treatment and prevention of the Ebola virus disease brings together the hospitals and physicians from across the European Union.

HTA Network adopts its Strategy for EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessments  

National authorities responsible for Health Technology Assessments (HTA) adopted a Strategy setting out the framework for European cooperation on HTA.

Health-EU Newsletter - Health cooperation in the Mediterranean  

Editorial by Davide Lecchini, Health/Pharma/Food safety attaché to the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU

SCENIHR preliminary opinion on medical devices containing DEHP  

Does high-level DEHP-exposure through the use of blood bags, feeding tubes and other medical devices pose any risk to vulnerable groups? Read the preliminary opinion of the Scientific Committee and participate in the public consultation until 30 November 2014.

A wealth of health! Autumnal harvest of health info available to download  

Lots of concise, free and downloadable health info has just been published online. Topics include EU action related to obesity, cancer, chronic diseases, transplantations and EU public health policy achievements.

Implementation report on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias  

This report presents the key activities undertaken since 2009 in the context of EU health policy and other relevant EU policy areas. It summarises the main achievements and links them to the currently launched activities ensuring continuity of EU action on dementia.

Health-EU Newsletter: "The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing: a quicker route to reaching goals"  

Editorial by Maddalena Illario, MD, PhD, Federico II University and Hospital, Naples (Italy)


Questions and answers on Ebola and health implications for the EU

Taking stock of EU public health, food safety, animal and plant health policy achievements 2010-2014  pdf

This publication illustrates the achievements over the past years of this mandate of the European Commission. The successes achieved demonstrate the EC’s strong commitment to ensuring the highest level of protection through effective and targeted policies and legislation on health and food safety.

EXPH Opinion on Future EU Agenda Quality of Care adopted  

The opinion on Future EU Agenda on Quality of Health Care with a special emphasis on Patient Safety has been adopted at the 9 October plenary meeting of the Expert Panel on investing in Health (EXPH). It includes input from the recent public consultation.

Updated 'European Code Against Cancer' gives practical advice on cancer prevention  

More than a third of all cancers are preventable. The 4th European Code Against Cancer, which has just been launched, aims to help people reduce their risks and live healthier lives in general by providing some simple and newly revised recommendations.

SCENIHR final Opinion on Metal-on-Metal hip replacements is now published  

The final Opinion published by the Commission and the Scientific Committee on Emerging Newly Identified Health Risks on “the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants” includes input from the recent public consultation.

Ebola Crisis: EU organises airlift operation to West Africa  

The European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) will facilitate the transportation of relief items to West Africa, fund and coordinate if necessary the evacuation of international staff.

Health-EU Newsletter - Patient Safety  

Editorial by Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health : "Great strides made in Patient Safety, but much distance left to go"

Public health and health care decision-makers meet at the 17th European Health Forum Gastein (1-3 October 2014)  

The EHFG offers opportunity to exchange information about a broad spectrum of contemporary health issues. DG Health and Consumers will take an active part, presenting sessions and workshops on various topics ranging from health system performance, patient empowerment, scientific advice, physical activity, EU Health Programme 2014–2020, active and healthy ageing and health literacy.

Newly published Opinion on definition of SynBio lays foundation for future work  

Synthetic Biology's application is full of exciting possibilities, from adapting crops to thrive in barren lands to growing new organs to save the lives of transplant recipients. And yet all unexplored scientific territories pose potential risks, which is why the Scientific Committees, after this opinion on SynBio definition, are preparing two more opinions...

First meeting of the Commission Expert Group on Cancer Control  

On this occasion, the Commission will present the implementation report on previous work on cancer and the overview of the EU priorities in the field cancer, particularly the CANCON Joint Action and the European Cancer Information System. The 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer will also be presented.

“My healthy family”: Project to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables launches in 4 EU regions  

This EU-financed pilot project is officially being launched in two regions each in Poland and Hungary. It aims to encourage children, older people and pregnant women to eat more fruit and vegetables.

Health-EU Newsletter - "Solidarity and equality: European-level cooperation on Health Technology Assessment to help pave the way for equal access to health care"  

Editorial by By François Houÿez, EURORDIS Treatment Information and Access Director and Health Policy Advisor and Co-chair of the EUnetHTA Stakeholder Forum

“We Love Eating”: Project to promote healthy lifestyles launches in 7 EU cities  

An EU-financed pilot project, “We Love Eating” is officially being launched in seven cities across the EU. This European initiative, takes a fun and upbeat approach to healthy eating. Although aimed at the general public, the project is targeted to three main groups: children, pregnant women and older people.

New Action Plan on Youth Drinking and on Heavy Episodic Drinking endorsed  

The new Action Plan focuses on prevention of alcohol-related harm in the fields of youth drinking and binge drinking. The two-year plan (2014 – 2016) is designed to support Member States in reducing alcohol-related harm

Research shows under-nutrition is a cause as well as a consequence of functional decline in ageing  

'You are what you eat', but evidence just published by the EU Joint Research Centre on the prevention and treatment of age-related diseases suggests that 'you age how you eat' as well.

Online comments welcome concerning safety of dental amalgams SCENIHR opinion  

The Commission and SCENIHR has launched a public consultation, continuing through 16 November 2014, on the preliminary opinion on “The safety of dental amalgam and alternative dental restoration materials for patients and users".

Implementation Report on Rare Diseases adopted  

This report presents an overview of the implementation of EU rare diseases strategy to date and takes stock of achievements and lessons learnt. It also examines the need for further action to improve the lives of patients affected by rare diseases and their families.

Health-EU Newsletter - Ebola  

The European Union fully engaged in global effort to fight Ebola - Editorial by Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health

New Roma Health Report confirms health inequalities  

The EU-funded report examines existing data on the health of Europe's largest ethnic minority and confirms health inequalities, such as the fact that Roma people have shorter life expectancies. The report also examines how this data from Member States were compiled.

Public consultation on the preliminary opinion Future EU Agenda on quality of health care with a special emphasis on patient safety  

Interested parties are invited to provide comments on this preliminary opinion of the Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in Health (EXPH). The consultation will run until 21 September 2014 via the EXPH website.

Public Consultation on the preliminary opinion on chromium VI in toys  

The aim of the opinion is to consider whether a revision of the migration limits for chromium VI in toys, or components of toys, is necessary in view of new available evidence, in particular, with regard to potential carcinogenic effects of chromium VI.

Public consultation on the preliminary opinion guidance on the determination of potential health effects of nanomaterials used in medical devices  

Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the scientific evidence of this preliminary opinion online. The consultation will run until 03 October 2014.

Call for tender concerning the development of a manual and toolbox for the assessment of European Reference Networks  

As announced in the First Conference on ERN, a Call for tender has been published in the website of the Consumers, Health and Foods Executive Agency of the Commission (CHAFEA). Deadline: 12 September 2014.

Health-EU Newsletter: "We are now members of a fully-equipped gym: let's put those new machines to work!"  

Editorial by Ursula O'Dwyer, Health Promotion Policy Adviser, Health Promotion Policy, Department of Health Ireland

Public health threats in the EU linked with the rapid increase of air transport  pdf(51 KB)

Register for the AIRSAN Network and have open-access to the AIRSAN Bibliography. AIRSAN is a project funded of the Commission Public Health Programme

Expert Panel on investing in Health (EXPH) adopts the final opinion on Definition primary care  

The opinion on Definition of primary care (with a special emphasis on referral and financing systems) has just been adopted at the 10 July plenary meeting of the EXPH. The opinion was open for comments for eight weeks.

Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) adopts four Opinions at 18 June plenary  

Four opinions have just been adopted by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety during SCCS plenary meeting on 18 June: These Opinions are open for comments for a six-week period (extended due to summer holidays).

Keeping an eye on innovations to protect public health  

Health-EU Special Edition - Scientific Committees. Editorial by Colin R. Janssen Ph.D, Chair of the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks

Presentations of the Media Cluster Meeting on HIV/AIDS - 12 & 13 June 2014  

The Commission has organised a Media Cluster Meeting on HIV/AIDS in Athens. Presentations are now available. Read more...

Science made simple: new science factsheet on sunscreens with titanium dioxide as nanoparticles  

Some sunscreens contain titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Is it safe to use them? The factsheet explains the opinion of the experts of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).

Internet sales of medicines. Adoption of the Implementing Regulation on the common logo  

The EU logo will help citizens to identify online sellers of medicines legally operating in the EU. Member States have one year to give effect to the provisions of the Implementing Regulation.

Conference on European Reference Network to strengthen healthcare across the EU  

The Conference brings together highly specialised healthcare providers, experts, national authorities, decision–makers, and healthcare quality assessment independent bodies in order to exchange information on current best practices on networks and highly specialised care and to discuss the new legal framework on the future model of European Reference Networks.

Restoring confidence in medical devices  

EPSCO Council, meeting on 19 and 20 June, discussed the actions to restore confidence following the scandal of defective breast implants produced by the French PIP company. These measures were included in the Joint Plan for Immediate Actions under the existing Medical Devices legislation.

Signing ceremony on Joint Procurement Agreement  

On the occasion of the EPSCO Council, Commissioner Borg and a great number of the EU Health Ministers have officially signed the Joint Procurement Agreement of medical countermeasures.

Patient safety: progress made, more needed  

A patient safety report, published today by the European Commission, highlights how the Commission and EU countries are addressing the challenge of patient safety, progress made since 2009 and barriers to overcome to improve patient safety.

Second conference on frailty in old age (18.06.2014)  

Organised by the Commission, the conference brings together policy makers, healthcare organisations, public health professionals, researchers and patient organisations to build on previous work and form a consensus on priorities to prevent and tackle frailty in old age.

Opinion and Fact Sheet on Nanosilver now published  

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) have just published the final opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance, as well as a fact sheet on the subject.

Will you save a life today? World Blood Donor Day – 14 June  

On the occasion of the World Blood Donor Day, Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health, calls on European citizens to regularly donate blood.

The Commission's Scientific Committee approve preliminary Opinion on Synthetic Biology for public consultation  

The aim of this SCENIHR opinion is to establish what Synthetic Biology is, what is its relationship to the genetic modification of organisms and what are the essential requirements of a science-based, operational definition of “Synthetic Biology”. A public consultation has been opened, with written comments welcome until 21 July, 2014.

Nutrition & Physical Activity: High Level Group and EU Platform meet today in Brussels  

In addition to an address from Commissioner for Health Tonio Borg and presentations by actors in the field of public health, the Commission will present a report of the actions of the EU Platform for action on diet, physical activity and health.

Health-EU Newsletter - Health systems  

by Nathalie Chaze, Head of the Healthcare Systems Unit, DG Health and Consumers, European Commission

Call for proposals "Healthy diet: Early years and Ageing Population"  

The present call for proposals will support interventions related to healthy diet in early years and ageing population. Deadline for proposals: 14/08/2014

New advisory group on cancer policy will be set up  

A new expert group to provide advice on cancer policy will soon be set up, as stipulated in a Commission Decision which has just been adopted.

The Commission adopts Country Specific Recommendations for Health  

Country Specific Recommendations of Health for European Countries have been adopted by the European Commission. This is to be followed next month by the adoption of Council Recommendations.

Calcium-cyanamide as fertiliser  

The Scientific Committee on Health and Environment (SCHER) has just published a Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on Potential risks to human health and the environment from the use of calcium cyanamide as fertiliser

Commission takes action on European Reference Networks  

The Cross-border Healthcare Directive gives the Commission the mandate to support Member States in developing European Reference Networks between healthcare providers and centres of expertise in EU countries. Two relevant decisions have just come into force.

Work plan 2014 to implement the Third Health Programme  

The work plan is the financing decision for all the actions to be funded under the first year of implementation of the Third Health Programme 2014-2020. The budget is 54 million euros

Frailty conference (Brussels, 18 June 2014)  

The Conference will bring together policy makers, healthcare organisations, public health professionals, researchers and patient organisations to flesh out recommendations and guidelines for building a European policy on frailty.

Health-EU Newsletter  

The Newly Revised Tobacco Products Directive

20 k Unstoppable  

On the 18th of May, more than 42 000 people, took the start on the 35th edition of the annual 20 kilometres of Brussels run. The European Commission sponsored the race within the Ex-Smokers action and distributed materials aimed at helping smokers quit and become healthy and unstoppable.

Breast implants and health – updated scientific opinion  

The Commission’s independent Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks has adopted an update to its 2012 opinion on the safety of Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) Silicone Breast Implants. Read the Opinion in full here.

European Reference Network Conference (23 June 2014) – Register now!  

The aim of the conference is to discuss the state of play on the organisation of highly specialised networks and their members across the EU and to look into the next steps of the deployment process, in preparation for the forthcoming call for European Reference Networks in 2015.

EU and US publish progress report in the joint fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR)  

The European Commission and the US Department of Health and Human Services have published a progress report of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance. The report outlines the advances made during the TATFAR implementation period of 2011 to 2013, and renews the commitment of US and EU health authorities to pursue specific goals in their joint battle against AMR.

New policy tool on health investments is now available  

The Guide is the thematic reference for health for the 7-year programming period of structural funds, on the types of health-related actions and investments which these funds can support from 2014.

Health Security Committee advises travellers on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)  

MERS-CoV represents a new threat to public health. At this stage all primary cases remain associated with transmission in the Arabian Peninsula; but the European Commission and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) are carefully monitoring the situation.

Health-EU Newsletter  

Driving eHealth from promise to reality - by Dr. Clemens Martin Auer, Co-Chair eHealth Network and Director General of Ministry of Health, Austria

Action Plan on Organ Donation and Transplantation passes mid-term review  

The Commission reviewed the progress and developments resulting from EU and national initiatives, with the end goal of making more organs available for patients, to improve transplants systems, to increase the quality and safety of transplants and to save lives.

Ebola traveller advice leaflet published in all EU languages  

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has just issued a traveller advice leaflet on the ongoing outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Western Africa.

Parliament approves fee regulation for Pharmacovigilance activities of the European Medicines Agency  pdf

The European Parliament has voted in favour of an EU Regulation on fees payable to the European Medicines Agency for the conduct of pharmacovigilance activities for medicinal products for human use, which lays down the level and structure of these fees.

Commission supplements legislation on post-authorisation efficacy studies for medicines  pdf

The legal framework for post-authorisation studies for medical products in the EU was set by legislation in 2010 and 2012; this legislation has now been supplemented by the Commission's Delegated Regulation specifying situations in which these studies are required.

SCCS Opinion published concerning safety of cosmetics containing aluminium  

The independent Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety of the European Commission have published their Opinion on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products.

Joint Procurement Agreement of medical countermeasures adopted  

The agreement was drawn up by the Commission to help EU countries have equitable access and purchasing power for procuring pandemic vaccines and medications. The mechanism should boost EU preparedness for any serious cross-border health threats.

Health-EU Newsletter - EU Health Prize for Journalists  

Showcasing the best health journalism in Europe - Editorial by Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health

Communication from the Commission on effective, accessible and resilient health systems  

European health systems have to be accessible and able to improve people’s health, even and particularly in times of economic challenges. In this Communication the Commission expresses its view on how to help Member States achieve this important goal.

Recording of webstreaming - 2014 EU summit on Chronic Diseases (3-4 April 2014)  

The Summit addressed the medical, social and economic burden of chronic diseases in the EU. Watch the videos of the webstreaming.

Health-EU Newsletter - Chronic Diseases  

Editorial by Tonio Borg, EU Commissioner for Health

Updated dental amalgam factsheet published  

This newly updated factsheet is based on the final opinion on dental amalgam, as adopted by the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks in March 2014.

Call for experts in the field of surgical meshes used in urogynecological surgery  

The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks( SCENIHR) launched the call for experts in the area of surgical meshes used in urogynecological surgery who are interested to work for an opinion on this topic. The submission deadline is 10 April.

Second EU Health Programme: Child Safety Alliance publishes report on Intentional Child injury  

The report on National Action to Address Child Intentional Injury examines safety measures concerning intentional injury to children by describing the adoption, implementation and enforcement of national level policies in over 25 Member States. This report was funded under the second EU Health Programme.

Fight against HIV/AIDS: launch of Action Plan in EU and neighbouring countries for 2014-2016  

The European Commission has just launched an Action Plan on HIV/AIDS which prolongs and provides increased focus to existing EU action in this area, building on the achievements of the Action Plan 2009-2013.

Expert Panel adopts first three opinions  

These opinions concern the definition of primary care as well its financing and referral systems; the criteria to assess the performance of health systems and thirdly, the evaluation of a study on public-private partnerships in health care delivery.

Public consultation launched on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements  

The Preliminary Opinion on The safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants has been published for public consultation by the Commission and its independent Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). The consultation remains open until 25 April 2014.

Health-EU Newsletter  

Health-EU Newsletter - EU Health Programme

Health-EU Newsletter  

Rare diseases

Third EU health programme adopted by Parliament  

The new health programme, with a budget of 449.4 million, has been adopted by the Parliament. Its priorities include stimulating innovation in health, targeting the impact of ageing and chronic illness and reducing health inequalities across the EU. The next step in the process will be adoption by the Council.

Health-EU Newsletter - Special edition on the tobacco products Directive revision  

Editorial by Linda McAvan, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on the Tobacco Products Directive.

Health-EU Newsletter  

Falsified medicines Directive

Call for information regarding silica (nano)  

Interested parties are invited to submit any relevant information that could assist the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) in making a safety assessment on the use of silica (nano). All information should be submitted by 31 May 2014.

The European Commission (DEVCO) opens a call for proposals "Supporting public health institutes" (EUR 23 million)  

The Call aims at reinforcing public health institutes in low-income countries, in the area of public health decision- and policy-making. Partnership with public health institutes and stakeholders is encouraged. Deadline for the concept note submission is 17/03/2014.

Patient Safety: New EU rapid alert platform for human blood and blood components  

The European Commission has just launched a new platform, which will improve the safety of patients that undergo blood transfusions.

EU takes action against cancer  

On the occasion of World Cancer Day, the European Commission presents 10 little known facts about EU action in the field of cancer.

Electromagnetic fields and health effects: public consultation on SCENIHR preliminary opinion  

This opinion addresses issues of public concern related to the potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. Deadline for comments: 16 April 2014.

Health-EU Newsletter - Cancer  

Health-EU Newsletter - Cancer

BisphenolA in medical devices: public consultation on SCENIHR preliminary opinion  

The consultation will run until 26 March 2014. Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the scientific evidence underpinning this preliminary opinion online. This opinion aims to assess whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in medical devices could cause any health concerns.

Chronic Diseases Joint Action gets started at kick-off meeting in Madrid  

Some 38 organisations from 22 Member States are taking part in the “CHRODIS” Joint Action which just got underway at a kick-off in Madrid. The Joint Action, co-financed by the EU Health Programme, addresses chronic diseases and promotes healthy ageing, focusing in particular on health promotion and disease prevention.

Health-EU Newsletter - Health inequalities  

Reducing inequalities in health between different socio-economic groups and between different parts of the EU is one of the burning issues facing the European Union today.

Seasonal influenza vaccination – State of play on the implementation of the Council Recommendation  

The Recommendation calls on Member States and EEA countries to take action to mitigate the impact of seasonal influenza through national, regional or local action plans or policies and by improving seasonal influenza vaccination coverage.

Landmark agreement reached on the Tobacco Products Directive  

This December has seen an important milestone reached on one of this Commission's mandates flagship initiatives – the Tobacco Products Directive. The Parliament and the Council have reached an agreement paving the way for a tighter regulation of tobacco products in Europe by 2016.

Call for tender - Pilot project on the promotion of self-care systems in the European Union. Platform of experts  

Creation of a platform of experts in self-care and healthcare. Deadline for application: 28.02.2014

Discover the Finalists for the EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013  

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

14th Ministerial meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative – Rome, 13 December 2013  pdf(152 KB)

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.

Health-EU Newsletter - Special Edition - Scientific Committees  

SCENIHR: Protecting citizens against new health risks

Health Inequalities in the EU – Final Report of a Consortium  

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.

Seeking healthcare in another EU Member State: your rights  pdf

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.

World AIDS Day 2013: The Fight Against HIV/AIDS by the EU  

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.

Open Forum of the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC), 26-27 November 2013  

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'  pdf

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'.

Health-EU Newsletter - Antibiotics awareness  

European Antibiotic Awareness Day promotes prudent antibiotic use in over 40 countries

European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (Brussels, 25 November 2013)  

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.

Member States take major step in eHealth cooperation to improve care for patients across EU borders  

The eHealth network has adopted Guidelines to make it possible to share basic health information for a patient across EU borders.

European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), 18 November 2013  

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 made simple: new language versions of fact-sheets explaining Scientific Committees opinions  

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.

EU Health Newsletter: Diabetes  

Diabetes: the need for a cross-sectoral EU policy response

Decision on serious cross border threats to health enters into force  

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.

Cross border Health Directive  

The cross-border healthcare directive enters into force

'Eyes on Ages - A research on alcohol age limit policies in European Member States'  pdf

'Eyes on Ages - A research on alcohol age limit policies in European Member States'

European Organ Donation Day, 12 October 2013 and fourth journalist workshops on organ donation  

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.

European Parliament's vote on the Tobacco Products proposal  

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.

Health-EU-Newsletter - Mental health  

World mental health day, 10 October 2013

New publication from the European Commission 'Improving health for all EU citizens' 2013  pdf

This publication explains what the EU does in the health area, why the EU is involved and what the results are.

Journalist Prize 2013- Submission date is now closed  

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.

World Heart Day, 29 September 2013  

Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg stresses how healthy habits early in life can help save you from heart diseases.

Anti-discrimination in health  

EU Actions to fight anti-discrimination in health

'Day of the Ex-smokers', 26 September 2013  

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.

Nutrition strategy  

EU Actions to fight obesity and to promote healthier lifestyles

'Quit Smoking with Barça' wins European Lung Foundation (ELF) Award for improving lung health  

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.

Report on health inequalities in the EU  

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.

'Quit Smoking With Barça' wins Silver at the Euro EFFIE Awards  

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.

European Commission - Public Health website connecting to health across Europe  

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.

Bringing the results of the Scientific Committees closer to the public  

An 'easy to read' fact-sheet is now available in 4 languages on the Opinion on "nano-form Zinc Oxide in Sunscreens’'

Better medicines for children - From concept to reality  

The progress report on the Paediatric Regulation

Cross-border health threats  

Citizens better protected from cross-border health threats

Skin cancer projects  

EU actions raise awareness and help people prevent skin cancer

Health-EU Newsletter - Scientific Committees  

Special Edition - Scientific Committees

Neven Mimica is appointed Croatia's first commissioner responsible for consumer protection  

Croatia becomes the 28th Member State of the European Union on 1st July 2013

Bringing the results of the Scientific Committees closer to the public  

A layman version is now available for the 'Opinion on Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products'.

Launch of the EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013 - 5th edition  

EU Health Prize for Journalists. Are you a journalist interested in health?

World No Tobacco Day - protecting the health of citizens  

The EU is constantly striving to make tobacco products and smoking less attractive to young people

HIV and human rights  

Right to health, right to life – HIV and human rights


eHealth Week: Driving a healthier Europe

Health-EU Newsletter - Launch of the new Scientific Committees  

Sound scientific advice and expertise helping to make life healthier and safer for European citizens

Health-EU newsletter: Patient safety  

Patient safety gets better treatment across EU countries

Pharmaceuticals: New symbol '▼' to identify medicines undergoing additional monitoring  

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

International Women's Day - the health perspective  

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.

Project PHGEN II  

Preparing the EU for personalised medicine – tailor-made, individualised diagnostics and therapy that take into account genetic differences

Investment in Health a priority in the Social Investment Package  

Strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health systems within tighter public healthcare budgets

Health-EU newsletter : Social Investment Package  

Investment in health a priority in the Social Investment Package

Health-EU Newsletter - Health and Migrants  

Health of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities including Roma

2013 work plan for the Health Programme is adopted  

Deadline for the calls for proposals is 22 March 2013'

European Commission – 25 years fighting cancer  

Population-based screening programmes for 3 types of cancer are being rolled out across Europe following an EU recommendation

EU Health Prize for Journalists 2012 – stimulating high quality health journalism  

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

VIDEO: EU action on nutrition & physical activity  

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.

European Commission adopts the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive  

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  

Health Systems – the European Dimension

Health-EU Newsletter - Health at a glance: Europe 2012  

Key indicators of health and health systems across 35 countries presented in new report

European Commission and FC Barcelona launch anti-tobacco partnership  

‘Quit Smoking with Barça’ is built around the iCoach, a personal health coaching programme that provides smokers with personalised advice on quitting smoking from Barça stars

Health and enlargement  

The EU welcomes Croatia

Free fruit for children!  

Evaluation of the European School Fruit Scheme shows positive impact on children's diet

SHIPSAN TRAINET – Healthier cruising in Europe  

Project proposes a common European framework for the regulation of hygiene on cruise ships

EUBIROD – A European diabetes database  

Helping to stop the spread of diabetes by sharing knowledge across Europe

Health-EU Newsletter 100  

Special edition: Ageing healthily

ORCHIDS project – quick and effective mass decontamination  

ORCHIDS project – making mass decontamination procedures from hazardous substances more effective, humane and sensitive for the public

EFRETOS Project – making transplants safer and more effective  

Project aims to create a registry to monitor the outcomes of all organ transplants in the EU

Health-EU Newsletter: health news from across Europe in your inbox  

The bi-monthly Health-EU Newsletter is celebrating its 100th edition on 22 November 2012 with a special issue. Don’t miss it! Click here to subscribe and indicate which EU language version you would like to receive

Adoption of revised pharmacovigilance legislation  

Agreement on pharmacovigilance will provide EU citizens with greater medicine safety

Health-EU Newsletter 98 – Pharmacovigilance – Monitoring the safety of medicines  

Health-EU Newsletter - Pharmacovigilance – Monitoring the safety of medicines

AVERROES project– equal access to healthcare  

A project to raise awareness of the rights of migrants and asylum seekers to healthcare and treatment without any discrimination

World Alzheimer's Day, 21 September 2013  

Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg pays a personal tribute to dementia patients and their caregivers and says that dementia will remain one of the Commissions top health priorities

EU and FC Barcelona team up against smoking  

European Commission and FC Barcelona officialise a partnership during the Barça’s President visit to Brussels

Air pollution continues to kill thousands, costing billions  

Aphekom project shows significant health benefits result when effective EU policies on air pollution are implemented and complied with over time

Health-EU Newsletter - World Alzheimer's Day, 21 September, Dementia: Living together  

Health-EU Newsletter - Sharing knowledge to advance dementia care in Europe

EuroNeoStat II – A neonatal European information system  

Project hopes to improve the quality of care of premature babies of short gestation and very low birth weight

Health-EU Newsletter - Childhood immunisation  

Health-EU Newsletter - Childhood immunisation: safe and effective prevention

FOOD Project – health and nutrition at work  

Project addresses rising concerns of obesity in adults by promoting healthy eating habits during the working day

Orphanet Europe – Online knowledge on rare diseases  

EU-funded project gathers information on rare diseases for the benefit of patients

Health-EU Newsletter - Clinical trials  

Health-EU Newsletter - A new way forward for clinical trials

EEN EPODE - Preventing childhood obesity  

Obesity epidemic in European children is rising - a quarter of European school children are overweight or obese

Health-EU Newsletter - Injury prevention  

Summer season: Better safe than sorry!

Child safety report cards – prevention and protection  

Report shows that more could be done to protect children and adolescents from injuries at home

Smoking in movies – the effects on youth  

Study shows smoking on screen can seriously influence teenagers to take up the habit

Health-EU Newsletter - Heidi health wiki  

Health-EU Newsletter - Health in Europe - online information and data

Are you a journalist interested in health?  

New edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists is open for submission of articles – deadline 31 July 2012

A snapshot of young people's health  

200,000 teenagers from 39 countries reveal their health behaviour in WHO survey

14 June 2012 – World Blood Donor Day  

‘Every blood donor is a hero’ – Find out more about donating blood on World Blood Donor Day

Aurora project: Cervical cancer screening for all women  

EU-funded project helps new Member States to implement successful cervical cancer screening programmes

World No Tobacco Day - 31 May 2012  

Find out more about the Comission's anti-tobacco campaign "Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable"

European Week Against Cancer – 25-31 May 2012  

Prevention is key in the fight against cancer

Europeans need to reduce salt intake  

Current daily salt consumption in most European countries is too high says new report

Heidi wiki: Online health information for Europe  

Commission launches Heidi wiki, a tool for sharing, comparing and developing health information across Europe

Health Programmes: results and perspectives  

European Commission celebrates 10 years of Health Programmes

The healthy ageing challenge  

As life expectancy increases, growing old healthily is more important than ever

Healthy Stadia: Promoting community health and lifestyle  

How sport stadia accross Europe are helping promote a healthy lifestyle

Health is wealth  

Health is a goal worth achieving for all, but it has also an important role to play in our economy