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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
Interested to discover more about this topic? Find more information on the Scientific Committees' web pages.
Interested to discover more about this topic? Find more information on the Scientific Committees' web pages
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.
The deadline for applications for the EU Health Award is approaching: submit your initiative by 31st July 2015!
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - Programa de Salud de la UE
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.
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.
La belleza se lleva dentro; los cosméticos, no.
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.
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.
Read our easy to read science factsheet and discover more about it! This factsheet is available in English, French, German and Spanish.
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.
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
Boletín Salud-UE – Salud internacional
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
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”.
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - Sangre
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
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.
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - Tabaco
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - Personal sanitario
The European Commission has released a factsheet highlighting 10 benefits of being a patient in the EU.
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.
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.
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - Tejidos y células
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - Tejidos y células
‘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.
A compilation of all scientific opinions adopted in 2014 by the Commission's non-food Scientific Committees SCCS, SCHER and SCENIHR is now available.
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.
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.
Read this summary available in 4 languages explaining in a comprehensive way the recent opinion and the world of electromagnetic fields.
Boletín Salud-UE: tuberculosis
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
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.
The Commission presents Forum’s revised objectives and the new communication mechanism to health stakeholders.
On 17 March, Commissioner Andriukaitis visited EMA for the first time, on the eve of the Agency’s 20 year anniversary.
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.
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.
Boletín Salud-UE: Envejecimiento Activo y Saludable
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Boletín Salud-UE – Ambientes sanos
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)
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.
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.
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.
Boletín Salud-UE – Salud mundial
Los científicos estudian el potencial y los riesgos de la biología sintética
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
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.
Boletín Salud-UE – Panorama de la salud
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.
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.
Boletín Salud-UE – Salud mental
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.
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.
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - VIH/sida
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.
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.
Applications can be submitted online until 15/12/2014 to become members of SCOEL in different areas related to occupational chemical risks.
Boletín Salud-UE — Resistencia a los antimicrobianos
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
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.
National authorities responsible for Health Technology Assessments (HTA) adopted a Strategy setting out the framework for European cooperation on HTA.
Boletín Salud-UE — Cooperación mediterránea en materia de salud
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.
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.
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.
Boletín Salud-UE: Envejecimiento Activo y Saludable
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boletín Salud-UE: seguridad de los pacientes
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.
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...
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.
Boletín Salud-UE: evaluación de tecnologías sanitarias
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.
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
'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.
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".
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - Ébola
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.
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - Nutrición y obesidad infantil
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - Sistemas de Salud
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - Nueva versión de la Directiva sobre productos del tabaco
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.
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.
Boletín Salud-UE – Sanidad electrónica y sanidad móvil
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.
Boletín Salud-UE – Premio UE al Periodismo sobre Salud
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.
Boletín Salud-UE – Enfermedades crónicas
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - Programa de Salud de la UE
Boletín Salud-UE – Enfermedades raras
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.
Boletín Salud-UE: Directiva sobre medicamentos falsificados
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.
Boletín Salud-UE - Cáncer
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.
Reducir las desigualdades en materia de salud —ya sean socioeconómicas o geográficas— es uno de los retos más candentes a los que se enfrenta la Unión Europea.
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.
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.
CCRSERI: proteger a los ciudadanos contra los nuevos riesgos sanitarios
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'.
El Día Europeo de Sensibilización sobre los Antibióticos promueve un uso prudente de los antibióticos en más de 40 países
This conference aims to foster a high level policy debate about how to best scale up innovation within the care systems in response to the demographic challenge and how to create the associated opportunities for new growth and jobs.
The eHealth network has adopted Guidelines to make it possible to share basic health information for a patient across EU borders.
The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is a European health initiative coordinated by ECDC which provides a platform and support for national campaigns on the prudent use of antibiotics during the week of 18 November.
Science fact-sheets explaining the opinions produced by the European Commission's non-food Committees on parabens, methylene glycol, fragrance allergens, nano zinc oxide in sun screens and scanners are now also available in FR, DE and ES. Discover how these products have an impact on your daily life.
Diabetes: es necesaria una respuesta intersectorial de la UE
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.
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.
Día Mundial de la Salud Mental, 10 de octubre de 2013
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.
Medidas de la UE para combatir la obesidad y fomentar hábitos de vida más saludables
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.
Medidas de la UE para combatir la obesidad y fomentar hábitos de vida más saludables
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’'
Informe de situación sobre el Reglamento pediátrico
Mejor protección de los ciudadanos frente a las amenazas transfronterizas para la salud
Las medidas de la UE contribuyen a la sensibilización sobre el cáncer de piel y ayudan a prevenirlo
Edición especial – Comités Científicos
Se ha nombrado al primer comisario croata, Neven Mimica, responsable de la protección de los consumidores
Desde el 1 de julio de 2013 Croacia es el Estado miembro número 28 de la Unión Europea
A layman version is now available for the 'Opinion on Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products'.
Premio UE al periodismo sobre salud. ¿Es periodista? ¿Le interesan los temas de salud?
La UE se esfuerza en todo momento por conseguir que el tabaco resulte menos atractivo para los jóvenes.
Derecho a la salud, derecho a la vida – VIH y derechos humanos
Semana de la sanidad electrónica: hacia una Europa más saludable
Asesoramiento y conocimientos científicos fiables al servicio de la salud y la seguridad de los ciudadanos europeos
Seguridad de los pacientes, una cuestión prioritaria para los países de la UE
El símbolo negro irá acompañado de un mensaje dirigido a los profesionales sanitarios y los pacientes, invitándoles a comunicar sus sospechas de reacciones adversas a estos medicamentos
Peggy Maguire (Instituto Europeo de la Salud Femenina) habla de la prevención del cáncer de pulmón en las generaciones futuras, la lucha contra el tabaquismo en las adolescentes y las enfermedades cardiovasculares de la mujer.
Preparar la UE para la medicina personalizada: terapias y diagnósticos individualizados que tengan en cuenta las diferencias genéticas
Estrategias para mejorar la eficiencia y eficacia de los sistemas de salud en el marco de unos presupuestos públicos de sanidad más modestos
La inversión en salud, una prioridad del paquete de medidas de inversión social
La salud de las poblaciones migrantes y las minorías étnicas, incluida la comunidad gitana
El plazo para la presentación de propuestas se cierra el 22 de marzo de 2013
En toda Europa se efectúan programas de cribado de tres tipos de cáncer con criterio demográfico según una recomendación de la UE
Y el primer premio es para Petr Třešňák, de la República Checa, por su artículo "Aventuras en el pabellón 14", que incide en los problemas de la salud mental
El nuevo vídeo muestra el apoyo de la UE a diversos programas locales, regionales, nacionales y europeos para fomentar una alimentación mejor y más actividad física.
La Comisión Europea ha actualizado la normativa sobre fabricación, presentación y venta de productos del tabaco para mejorar el funcionamiento del mercado interior y proteger más adecuadamente a los ciudadanos de todos los países europeos.
Sistemas sanitarios: la dimensión europea
El nuevo informe recoge los indicadores clave sobre salud y regímenes sanitarios de 35 países
"Deja de fumar con el Barça" se basa en iCoach, un programa de entrenamiento personal que trasmite a los fumadores consejos personalizados de las estrellas del Barcelona para dejar el tabaco.
La Unión Europea da la bienvenida a Croacia
La evaluación del programa "Fruta en las escuelas" muestra sus efectos beneficiosos en la dieta infantil
Proyecto de un marco común europeo de regulación de la higiene en los buques de crucero
Frenar el aumento de casos de diabetes mediante la puesta en común de los conocimientos en Europa
Edición especial: envejecer con salud
Proyecto ORCHIDS: procedimientos más eficaces, humanos y sensibles de descontaminación masiva de sustancias peligrosas.
Este proyecto aspira a crear un registro para seguir los resultados de todos los trasplantes de órganos en la UE
El boletín quincenal Salud-UE celebra su número 100 el 22 de noviembre de 2012 con una edición especial. ¡No se lo pierda! Suscríbase e indique en qué idioma de la UE lo quiere recibir.
El acuerdo sobre farmacovigilancia incrementará la seguridad de los medicamentos, en beneficio de los ciudadanos de la UE
Boletín Salud-UE – Farmacovigilancia: seguimiento de la seguridad de los medicamentos
Proyecto para sensibilizar sobre los derechos de los inmigrantes y solicitantes de asilo a la asistencia sanitaria y al tratamiento sin discriminación
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
La Comisión Europea y el FC Barcelona formalizan su cooperación durante la visita del presidente del Barça a Bruselas
El proyecto Aphekom demuestra los importantes beneficios para la salud de la aplicación correcta de las políticas de la UE contra la contaminación atmosférica
Boletín Salud-UE - Compartir conocimientos para mejorar el cuidado de la demencia en Europa
El proyecto aspira a mejorar la calidad de la atención a los bebés prematuros de gestación corta y muy bajo peso natal.
Boletín Salud-UE – Inmunización infantil: prevención eficaz y segura
El proyecto promueve hábitos alimentarios más saludables durante la jornada de trabajo, en respuesta a la creciente preocupación que suscita la obesidad en los adultos
Este proyecto, financiado por la UE, recopila información sobre enfermedades raras, en beneficio de los pacientes.
Boletín Salud-UE - Se abre una nueva etapa en los ensayos clínicos
La epidemia de obesidad se acrecienta entre los menores europeos: una cuarta parte de los escolares son obesos o tienen sobrepeso
En verano también, vale más prevenir que curar
Las fichas revelan que aún queda por hacer para proteger de las lesiones domésticas a niños y adolescentes
Un estudio demuestra que ver fumar en películas puede contribuir mucho a que los adolescentes adquieran el hábito
Boletín Salud-UE: La salud en Europa – información y datos online
New edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists is open for submission of articles – deadline 31 July 2012
200.000 adolescentes de 39 países desvelan sus pautas de salud en una encuesta de la OMS
‘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
Commission launches Heidi wiki, a tool for sharing, comparing and developing health information across Europe
European Commission celebrates 10 years of Health Programmes
Health is a goal worth achieving for all, but it has also an important role to play in our economy