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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.
Bulletin d’information Santé-UE – Alimentation et obésité infantile
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.
Bulletin d’information Santé-UE – Systèmes de santé
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.
Bulletin d’information Santé-UE – Nouvelle directive révisée sur les produits du tabac
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.
Bulletin d'information Santé-UE – Santé en ligne et santé mobile
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.
Bulletin d'information Santé-UE – Prix européen du journalisme dans le domaine de la santé
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.
Bulletin d’information Santé-UE – Maladies chroniques
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.
Bulletin d'information Santé-UE – Programme Santé de l'UE
Bulletin d'information Santé-UE – Maladies rares
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.
Bulletin d'information Santé-UE – Médicaments falsifiés
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.
Bulletin d’information Santé-UE – 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.
Réduire les inégalités en matière de santé entre les différents groupes socio-économiques et les différentes régions de l'UE est un des problèmes les plus épineux auxquels l'Union est confrontée aujourd'hui.
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.
CSRSEN: protéger les citoyens contre les risques sanitaires nouveaux
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'.
La Journée européenne de sensibilisation à l’usage des antibiotiques vise à promouvoir une utilisation prudente de ces médicaments dans plus de 40 pays
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.
Diabète: une politique européenne plurisectorielle est nécessaire
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.
Entrée en vigueur de la directive sur les soins de santé transfrontaliers
'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.
Journée mondiale de la santé mentale, 10 octobre 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
Actions de l'UE visant à combattre l'obésité et à promouvoir des modes de vie plus sains
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.
Actions de l'UE visant à combattre l'obésité et à promouvoir des modes de vie plus sains
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’'
Rapport sur les effets du règlement relatif aux médicaments à usage pédiatrique
Des citoyens mieux protégés contre les menaces transfrontalières pour la santé
Cancer de la peau: actions de sensibilisation et de prévention de l'UE
Édition spéciale – Comités scientifiques
La Croatie devient le 28e État membre de l’Union européenne le 1er juillet 2013
A layman version is now available for the 'Opinion on Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products'.
Prix européen du journalisme dans le domaine de la santé. Vous êtes journaliste et les questions de santé vous intéressent?
L'Union européenne s'emploie sans relâche à rendre les produits du tabac et la cigarette moins attrayants pour les jeunes.
Droit à la santé, droit à la vie: VIH et droits de l'homme
Semaine de la santé en ligne: pour une Europe en meilleure santé
Des avis scientifiques et une expertise de qualité aident à améliorer la santé et la sécurité des citoyens européens.
Les pays de l'UE aux petits soins pour la sécurité des patients
Produits pharmaceutiques: un nouveau symbole «▼» pour repérer les médicaments faisant l’objet d’une surveillance supplémentaire
Le texte qui accompagne ce symbole encouragera les professionnels de la santé et les patients à signaler tout effet indésirable présumé (effet secondaire) des produits concernés
Peggy Maguire, de l'Institut européen pour la santé des femmes (EIWH), aborde la prévention du cancer du poumon chez les générations futures, l'arrêt du tabac chez les adolescentes et les maladies cardiovasculaires chez les femmes.
Préparer l'UE à la médecine personnalisée – Diagnostic et thérapies sur mesure et individualisés tenant compte des différences génétiques
Vers des systèmes de soins de santé plus efficaces malgré les contraintes budgétaires
Investissements sociaux: priorité à la santé
La date limite de réponse aux appels à propositions est le 22 mars 2013
La santé des migrants et des minorités ethniques, dont les Roms
Trois types de cancer font l'objet de programmes de dépistage par tranche de population qui sont actuellement mis en place dans toute l'Europe à la suite d'une recommandation de l'UE
Prix européen 2012 du journalisme dans le domaine de la santé – Encourager un journalisme de qualité
Le premier prix est décerné à Petr Třešňák (République tchèque) pour son article intitulé «Adventures in ward 14», qui souligne les problèmes dans le domaine de la santé mentale.
La Commission européenne a actualisé les mesures législatives relatives à la fabrication, à la présentation et à la vente des produits du tabac afin d'améliorer le fonctionnement du marché intérieur et de mieux protéger les citoyens de tous les pays européens.
Cette nouvelle vidéo montre des exemples d'initiatives locales, régionales, nationales et européennes soutenues par l'UE pour améliorer l'alimentation et encourager l'activité physique.
Systèmes de santé: la dimension européenne
Nouveau rapport présentant les principaux indicateurs de la santé et des systèmes de santé dans 35 pays.
«Arrêter de fumer avec le Barça» utilise l'application iCoach, un outil en ligne qui aide à arrêter de fumer grâce à des conseils personnalisés donnés par des stars du Barça.
L'UE souhaite la bienvenue à la Croatie.
Le programme européen en faveur de la consommation de fruits à l'école a un impact positif sur l'alimentation des enfants.
Un projet propose un cadre européen commun pour réglementer les conditions d'hygiène sur les navires de croisière.
Partager les connaissances pour enrayer la propagation du diabète
Édition spéciale: vieillir en bonne santé.
Projet ORCHIDS – Rendre les procédures de décontamination massive de substances dangereuses plus efficaces, plus humaines et plus respectueuses
Ce projet vise à créer un registre permettant de suivre les résultats de toutes les transplantations d'organes dans l'Union européenne
Abonnement au bulletin d'information. Bulletin Santé UE: l'actualité européenne en matière de santé dans votre boîte électronique.
À ne pas manquer: le 22 novembre 2012, le bulletin bimensuel Santé UE publie une édition spéciale pour célébrer son 100e numéro. Inscrivez-vous ici et indiquez dans quelle langue vous souhaitez le recevoir.
L'accord sur la pharmacovigilance rendra les médicaments plus sûrs pour les citoyens européens
Bulletin Santé-UE n° 98 – Pharmacovigilance – Contrôler la sécurité des médicaments
Projet destiné à faire prendre conscience des droits des migrants et des demandeurs d'asile à bénéficier de soins de santé sans subir de discriminations
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 Commission européenne et le FC Barcelone officialisent un partenariat lors de la visite du président du Barça à Bruxelles
La pollution atmosphérique continue à tuer des milliers de personnes et à coûter des milliards d'euros.
Le projet Aphekom montre que la mise en œuvre et le respect des politiques européennes de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique ont des effets très bénéfiques sur la santé.
Bulletin Santé-UE – Journée mondiale de la maladie d'Alzheimer, 21 septembre – Démence: vivre ensemble
Bulletin Santé-UE – Partager les connaissances pour mieux prendre en charge la démence en Europe
Le projet vise à améliorer la qualité des soins donnés aux grands prématurés présentant un très faible poids à la naissance
Bulletin Santé-UE – Vaccination des enfants: un outil de prévention sûr et efficace
Ce projet répond à l'inquiétude grandissante suscitée par l'obésité chez les adultes, en promouvant une alimentation saine au cours de la journée de travail
Ce projet, financé par l'Union européenne, recueille des informations sur les maladies rares dans l'intérêt des patients
Bulletin Santé-UE – De nouvelles règles pour les essais cliniques
L'obésité se répand chez les enfants européens: un quart des écoliers souffrent de surpoids ou d'obésité.
Période estivale: mieux vaut prévenir que guérir!
Protection des enfants contre les blessures domestiques: «Peut mieux faire.»
Une étude indique que la cigarette dans les films peut fortement inciter les adolescents à fumer
Bulletin Santé-UE – Santé en Europe – Informations et données en ligne
New edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists is open for submission of articles – deadline 31 July 2012
Comportement en matière de santé: 200 000 adolescents de 39 pays témoignent dans une enquête de l'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