Directorate General Health & Consumers
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.
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
Register for the AIRSAN Network and have open-access to the AIRSAN Bibliography. AIRSAN is a project funded of the Commission Public Health Programme
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.
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).
Health-EU Special Edition - Scientific Committees. Editorial by Colin R. Janssen Ph.D, Chair of the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks
The Commission has organised a Media Cluster Meeting on HIV/AIDS in Athens. Presentations are now available. Read more...
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Nathalie Chaze, Head of the Healthcare Systems Unit, DG Health and Consumers, European Commission
The present call for proposals will support interventions related to healthy diet in early years and ageing population. Deadline for proposals: 14/08/2014
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
The Newly Revised Tobacco Products Directive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Driving eHealth from promise to reality - by Dr. Clemens Martin Auer, Co-Chair eHealth Network and Director General of Ministry of Health, Austria
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.
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
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.
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.
The independent Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety of the European Commission have published their Opinion on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products.
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.
Showcasing the best health journalism in Europe - Editorial by Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health
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.
The Summit addressed the medical, social and economic burden of chronic diseases in the EU. Watch the videos of the webstreaming.
Editorial by Tonio Borg, EU Commissioner for Health
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - EU Health Programme
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.
Editorial by Linda McAvan, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on the Tobacco Products Directive.
Falsified medicines Directive
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.
The European Commission has just launched a new platform, which will improve the safety of patients that undergo blood transfusions.
On the occasion of World Cancer Day, the European Commission presents 10 little known facts about EU action in the field of cancer.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Diabetes: the need for a cross-sectoral EU policy response
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.
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.
Come and join world renowned DJ, Bob Sinclair at Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels
EU Actions to fight anti-discrimination in health
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
Health of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities including Roma
Deadline for the calls for proposals is 22 March 2013'
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
Key indicators of health and health systems across 35 countries presented in new report
‘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
The EU welcomes Croatia
Evaluation of the European School Fruit Scheme shows positive impact on children's diet
Project proposes a common European framework for the regulation of hygiene on cruise ships
Helping to stop the spread of diabetes by sharing knowledge across Europe
Special edition: Ageing healthily
ORCHIDS project – making mass decontamination procedures from hazardous substances more effective, humane and sensitive for the public
Project aims to create a registry to monitor the outcomes of all organ transplants in the EU
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
Agreement on pharmacovigilance will provide EU citizens with greater medicine safety
Health-EU Newsletter - Pharmacovigilance – Monitoring the safety of medicines
A project to raise awareness of the rights of migrants and asylum seekers to healthcare and treatment without any discrimination
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
European Commission and FC Barcelona officialise a partnership during the Barça’s President visit to Brussels
Aphekom project shows significant health benefits result when effective EU policies on air pollution are implemented and complied with over time
Health-EU Newsletter - Sharing knowledge to advance dementia care in Europe
Project hopes to improve the quality of care of premature babies of short gestation and very low birth weight
Health-EU Newsletter - Childhood immunisation: safe and effective prevention
Project addresses rising concerns of obesity in adults by promoting healthy eating habits during the working day
EU-funded project gathers information on rare diseases for the benefit of patients
Health-EU Newsletter - A new way forward for clinical trials
Obesity epidemic in European children is rising - a quarter of European school children are overweight or obese
Summer season: Better safe than sorry!
Report shows that more could be done to protect children and adolescents from injuries at home
Study shows smoking on screen can seriously influence teenagers to take up the habit
Health-EU Newsletter - Health in Europe - online information and data
New edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists is open for submission of articles – deadline 31 July 2012
200,000 teenagers from 39 countries reveal their health behaviour in WHO survey
‘Every blood donor is a hero’ – Find out more about donating blood on World Blood Donor Day
EU-funded project helps new Member States to implement successful cervical cancer screening programmes
Find out more about the Comission's anti-tobacco campaign "Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable"
Prevention is key in the fight against cancer
Current daily salt consumption in most European countries is too high says new report
Commission launches Heidi wiki, a tool for sharing, comparing and developing health information across Europe
European Commission celebrates 10 years of Health Programmes
As life expectancy increases, growing old healthily is more important than ever
How sport stadia accross Europe are helping promote a healthy lifestyle
Health is a goal worth achieving for all, but it has also an important role to play in our economy