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Commission launches public consultation on strengthening EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessment
The consultation will be announced today by Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, at the EC-EUnetHTA Forum "European cooperation on HTA: what's next?".
“Organ donation – a gift of hope” - Read the blog piece by Commissioner Andriukaitis and see the NEW infographic on organs, blood, tissues and cells in the EU
Today and tomorrow, in Lisbon, the partners of the Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol-related Harm (RARHA), co-financed by the EU Health Programme, will present key results from this three-year project.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Veiligheid van stoffen van menselijke oorsprong
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Gezondheidscrisisbeheer
The European Commission is looking for experts in sensory analysis, chemical analysis and statistics. Apply to the call for expression of interest until 20 October 2016.
The first call for interest to establish ERNs and the call for grants for ERN are now closed. The next step will be the assessment of the proposals received.
Are you interested to contribute to the work of the Scientific Committees in the new 2016-2021 term as external expert? Please register in the new Database here.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Zorgstelsels
The deadline to apply for the 2016 EU Health Award is approaching. In 2016, the European Commission’s EU Health Award recognises and rewards the efforts and achievements of European NGOs towards reducing the threat to human health from antimicrobial resistance.
The Members of the Japanese Parliament took a first-hand look at how the EU is working to prevent and prepare for public health crises.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Vaccinatie
In case of cross-border chemical threats, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks is asked to provide a risk assessment within 36 hours. DG Sante is launching a call for experts to create a pool of experts to assist in this task.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Hormoonontregelaars
Een nieuwe fusie en nieuwe leden, maar de rol van de wetenschappelijke comités verandert niet
With this package, the Commission will bring together internationally recognised expertise with the aim to provide Member States with evidence on health that is relevant to their specific country context and can maximise the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of their health systems.
Andriukaitis: lack of awareness on antimicrobial resistance highlights the need to intensify EU action
As part of its wider strategy to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the European Commission publishes a Special Eurobarometer survey, showing a decrease of 6% in the consumption of antibiotics but at the same time a persistent lack of awareness on their effects.
Call for expression of interest now open. Apply to be a member of an independent expert panel!
Commission presents scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the pesticides and biocides areas
Today the European Commission presents criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products and biocides. The Commission proposes to the Council and the European Parliament to adopt a strong science-based approach to the identification of endocrine disruptors and to endorse the WHO definition.
The independent Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in Health (EXPH), which gives non-binding advice to the European Commission, has published the opinions on Access to health services in the EU, on Typology of health policy reforms, on Best practices when commissioning from private providers and a memorandum on Hospital services in the EU.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - eGezondheidszorg
How can eHealth improve our daily life and help meet some of our society challenges? What does the Commission do in this field and how does it intervene? Which concrete results can we expect from the EU action? Discover the answers in the new eHealth leaflet.
What are the latest trends in drug supply to Europe? What drugs are causing the most harm and concern today? What are the most recent developments in drug prevention, treatment and policy? These and other questions are explored by the EMCDDA report.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Tabak
The European Commission is proud to present its new EU Health Award, which this year will call for applications from non-governmental bodies that contributed or are contributing to reducing the threat to human health from antimicrobial resistance within the European Union. Deadline: 31st July 2016.
The Directive includes measures on packaging, flavourings, additives, e-cigarettes and more. See the Statement by Commissioner Andriukatis and the Infographic and Memo with details on the key changes for tobacco products sold in the EU.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Het derde EU-gezondheidsprogramma
The Commission adopted on 10 May 2016 the Report on the results of the ex-post evaluation of the 2nd Health Programme 2008-2013.
This independent evaluation conducted in 2014-2015 confirmed that the Programme is relevant and delivers a wide range of valuable outputs supporting EU health policy priorities and national priorities in particular through the financing of Joint Actions, projects and service contracts.
Tomorrow and Wednesday the Joint Action on health workforce planning and forecasting (2013-2016) partners will present the project's achievements at a closing conference in Mons, Belgium.
First report of the expert group on health systems performance assessment (HSPA) composed of European countries health authorities and international organisations.
Members of the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) and the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) have been welcomed by SANTE Director General Xavier Prats Monné and the Luxembourgish Minister of Health Lydia Mutsch.
Today, the Commission publishes two reports on the implementation of EU legislation which sets standards of quality and safety for human blood, and human tissues and cells.
SCHER final Opinion on potential risks to human health and the environment from the use of calcium cyanamide as fertiliser
The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) have concluded that harmful effects for humans and for the environment could not be excluded when calcium cyanamide is used at the current rates of application.
Read the leaflet on the new Scientific Committees SCHEER and SCCS (term 2016-2021)
A conference taking place in Brussels tomorrow aims to set out an EU approach for better prevention and management of chronic diseases to complement national policies in the 28 Member States.
The SCHER was asked to review available data on the ingestion of three types of toy material by children, and evaluate whether the ingestion amounts are still appropriate or whether they should be changed.
Gezondheid-EU - Nieuwsbrief - Diabetes
A compilation of all scientific opinions adopted in 2015 by the Commission's non-food Scientific Committees SCCS, SCHER and SCENIHR is now available.
Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis highlights the Potential for the Prevention of Diabetes
Meeting EU stakeholders on nutrition and physical activity in Brussels, Vytenis Andriukaitis, EC Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, is expected to urge members of the 'Platform' and government representatives to step up their collaborative work to implement the Action Plan on Childhood Obesity and to reinforce national initiatives on food reformulation, namely on added sugars.
A large group of health stakeholders will receive a sneak preview of the HPP’s potential and features.
The Opinion aims to identify drivers and barriers for the implementation of disruptive innovation, assesses its relevance in the EU, and identify strategic areas of focus.
The Commission has appointed the members of its Scientific Committees that provide independent scientific advice related to health, the environment and emerging risks, to inform EU policy making.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Zeldzame ziekten
The call for tenders for protective equipment runs until 9 May 2016. The contract should be signed in the first half of July 2016, for a three-year period with a possibility to renew it for an additional year.
The report published today provides information on how the Biocidal Products Regulation is contributing or can contribute to the sustainable use of biocidal products.
A call for highly specialised healthcare providers to establish European Reference Networks (ERNs) has opened today, and will run until 21 June 2016. An info day will take place on 7 April 2016.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Vervalste geneesmiddelen
The date of the launch of the call for interest for ERNs has been confirmed as 16 March 2016 and an “info day” regarding this call will be organised on 7 April 2016.
The European Medicines Agency launches the PRIME (PRIority MEdicines) scheme, which builds on existing EU regulatory tools to strengthen support to accelerate medicines that target an unmet medical need.
“EUNetHTA 3” (2016-2019) aims to pave the way for sustainable cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Europe. The specific objective of this Joint Action, which will include 75 partners from 27 EU countries, is to strengthen cooperation between HTA bodies in the EU and increase and improve joint work.
The overall total amount of EU funding available in 2016 covering grants and tenders is nearly €58 million. Calls for proposals for projects will be launched in March 2016.
Inventory of Union and Member State incentives to support research into, and the development and availability of, orphan medicinal products
FINAL STATE OF PLAY 2015
Public Hearing on the SCENIHR Opinion 'Biological effects of ultraviolet radiation relevant to health with particular reference to sunbeds for cosmetic purposes'
Scientist or technical expert interested are invited to register for the Public Hearing, taking place on 12 April in Luxembourg, which aims to improve the scientific basis of the scientific opinion. Registrations open until 27 March 2016.
Read our easy to read science factsheet " The EU is the safest market in the world for hair dyes" (available in four languages)
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Chronische ziekten
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Grensoverschrijdende bedreigingen van de gezondheid
A delegated regulation, published today in the Official Journal, introduces obligatory ‘safety features’ for medicines which will guarantee medicine authenticity and secure the medicine supply chain.
On 01 February 2016, The WHO declared the Zika virus outbreak a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern". The Commission has created a central web page with information on the Zika outbreak and how it is being managed in the EU. This web page will be regularly updated in line with the latest developments.
Decision 1082/2013/EU on serious cross border health threats helps protect EU citizens from health threats ranging from communicable diseases to chemical and environmental events by providing a framework for managing health crises and emergency provisions. This short video explains how.
This is the first of two Opinions on additives used in tobacco products published by the European Commission and its independent Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). 48 single chemicals have been identified to be placed on the priority list as foreseen in the Tobacco Product Directive.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Geestelijke gezondheid
The Opinion by the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) looks at the risks associated with the use of sunbeds. It is open for comments on the scientific evidence until 27 April 2016.
Latest developments to make European Reference Networks (ERNs) a reality in the EU.
On 15 January European Investment Bank approved 42 projects from the Investment Plan. Four of these are health related projects. The sector factsheet on "Human capital, skills, social economy and health" includes more details. Find out more about the state of play as of January 2016.
Hoe veilig is het gebruik van mesh-implantaten in de uro-gynaecologische chirurgie?
Want to know more on the different aspects of testing and safety assessment of cosmetic substances in the EU?
Read our easy to read science factsheet and discover more about it! It is available in English, French, German and Spanish.
The funds are meant to help addressing common health challenges in the most affected Member States. The Health Programme is also supporting longer-term actions on refugees and migrants' health and integration.
Members of the Health Security Committee have agreed on a "Statement of the Health Security Committee based on scientific input by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control" giving Information for travellers to areas with local transmission of Zika virus.
This Opinion, published by the European Commission and its independent Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER), is open for comments on the scientific evidence until 14 February 2016.
The workshop provided the opportunity to review the work on synthetic biology at EU level and to discuss challenges that synthetic biology may pose.
The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published an Opinion, which looks at the risks associated with the use of surgical meshes for various conditions, how to identify high risk patient groups and further assessment needs.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Behandeling in een ander EU-land
The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committees publish their final Opinion on “Synthetic Biology III: Risks to the environment and biodiversity related to synthetic biology and research priorities in the field of synthetic biology”. This is the last in a set of three scientific Opinions on Synthetic Biology (SynBio).
The report concludes that the established mechanisms have worked well and that the Decision has improved health security in the EU.
The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) have concluded that the new scientific information does warrant an update of the 2002 Opinion.
Joint Statement by HR/VP Mogherini and Commissioners Andriukaitis, Mimica and Moedas
Health investments in the EU: Mapping report showing use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) now available online
The report provides an overview of actions that Member States envisage for support from ESIF in the health sector in the programming period 2014-2020.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Investeren in gezondheid met de Europese structuur- en investeringsfondsen
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Investeren in gezondheid met de Europese structuur- en investeringsfondsen
Statement of Commissioner Andriukaitis on the occasion of the launch of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day
Infections by bacteria resistant to antibiotics kill 25,000 people every year in Europe alone and cause 1.5 billion euros in healthcare and productivity losses. Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis said this challenge calls for immediate action at all levels.
Scientific Opinion on Potential risks to human health and the environment from the use of calcium cyanamide as fertiliser
The Opinion, which has been published European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER), is open for comments until 10 January 2016.
Today, at the Expert Group on Health Information (EGHI) meeting in Luxembourg, the Commission will launch a new version of a key health information tool, which will benefit health experts, stakeholders and anyone interested in health information.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Orgaandonatie en -transplantatie
This year’s European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) emphasises the global health challenge of antibiotic resistance. The ECDC will launch EAAD 2015 on Monday 16 November at an event in Brussels and organise Twitter chats on 16 and 18 November.
Call for proposals for projects on refugee health - Deadline for submission extended until 19 November 2015
A call for projects to support Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related issues is open. See the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) website for more info and how to apply online.
In the context of the 'Antibiotics: Handle with Care' campaign organised by the World Health Organization (WHO), a first World Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held between 16 and 22 of November.
Today, the European Commission and its independent Expert Panel launch a public consultation on a preliminary opinion which explores the implications of Disruptive Innovation for health and health care in Europe. The consultation runs until 16 December 2015 via the EXPH website.
Speciale editie - Gezondheid van vluchtelingen en migranten
There are already an estimated 50 million people in the EU suffering from multimorbidity (two or more chronic medical conditions simultaneously). Through interactive sessions, the event invites all stakeholders interested in the management of patients with multiple illnesses to discuss the main elements for a common framework.
Building on 25-year experience of the preceding International Conference for Harmonisation (ICH), the reforms will transform ICH in a truly global initiative supported by robust and transparent governance mechanisms.
On 10 December, under the auspices of the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU Council, the European Commission and the Luxembourg Ministry of Health will hold a workshop on Synthetic Biology in Luxembourg. Deadline for registration: 7 December 2015
Presenting a United Front: International Taskforce Convenes to Battle Increasing Resistance to Life-saving Drugs
A two-day meeting of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) kicks off today, aiming to strengthen collaboration in the fight against growing resistance to life-saving antimicrobial drugs.
"Ebola: lessons learnt" en de nieuwe EU Health Award
Where do you want funding to go to encourage research and innovation? Vote online for one of six topics by 21 October in this initiative by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank.
Winners of EU Health Award 2015 announced during the Conference on lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak
Three NGOs were recognised for their significant contribution to fighting Ebola in West Africa and for promoting higher levels of public health in Europe.
An implementing act adopted today gives technical specifications for the layout, design and shape of the combined health warnings taking into account different packet shapes.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Expo Milaan 2015: Fight Food Waste, Feed the Planet
The conference will focus on the implementation of ERNs and facilitate the exchange of information and expertise on establishing and assessing such networks. It will be web streamed live.
The aim of this EU initiative is to improve access to and quality of health services for migrant and ethnic minorities (MEM-TP) in the European Union by reviewing, developing, testing and evaluating training in migrant and ethnic minority health for front-line health professionals.
The EHFG is the leading annual health policy event in the EU. DG SANTE is organising sessions on “Health information: creating evidence for European Union health policies” and “Access to high-quality healthcare and innovative treatment”.
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 18 October 2015.
Today, the European Commission and its independent Expert Panel launch a public consultation on a preliminary opinion which explores the options for action to improve equity of access to health services in the European Union. The consultation runs until 6 November 2015 via the EXPH website.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Geneesmiddelenwetgeving
The Health Programme actions will be presented at the Addiction 2015 conference will take on 23–25 September 2015, at the FIL Meeting Centre - Parque das Nações, Lisbon (Portugal).
The European Commission and the World Health Organisation's Regional Office for Europe (WHO EURO) are renewing their joint commitment to work together towards their shared objective of better health in Europe.
Today, a new Joint Action addressing rare diseases kicks off at a meeting in Luxembourg.
In 2015 we celebrate 30 years of EU action against cancer. In 1985, the heads of state of the countries of the European Community committed themselves to launching the first “Europe against Cancer” programme. Since then, actions taken at EU-level have helped to save and extend lives.
Editorial by Dr Tit Albreht, National Institute of Public Health of Slovenia
The Commission published Guidelines aimed to prevent the overuse and misuse of antibiotics by sharing best-practices in Member States. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) causes 25,000 deaths annually and over €1.5 billion in healthcare expenses and productivity losses in Europe alone.
Only 10 days left for applying as member of the new Scientific Committees SCCS and SCHEER. Deadline for application: 2 November 2015.
Nearly two years after the Cross-border Healthcare (CBHC) Directive was due to be transposed into national law, the Commission publishes a progress report on the application of the Directive.
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Gezondheidsprogramma
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.
Echte schoonheid zit van binnen, cosmetica beter niet!
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
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Gezondheid wereldwijd
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Bloed
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Tabak
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Gezondheidswerkers
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Weefsels en cellen
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Weefsels en cellen
‘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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Tuberculose
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Actief en gezond ouder worden
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Gezonde leefomgevingen
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Gezondheid wereldwijd
Wetenschappers onderzoeken de mogelijkheden en risico’s van synthetische biologie
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Health at a Glance
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Geestelijke gezondheid
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.
Gezondheid-EU Nieuwsbrief - Hiv/aids
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Antimicrobiële resistentie
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Gezondheidssamenwerking in het Middellandse Zeegebied
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Actief en gezond ouder worden
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Patiëntveiligheid
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Evaluatie gezondheidstechnologie
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.
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Ebola
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Voeding en obesitas bij kinderen
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Gezondheidszorgstelsels
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — de nieuwe tabaksrichtlijn
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — eGezondheid en mGezondheid
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - EU-Gezondheidsprijs voor journalisten
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU — Chronische ziekten
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – EU-gezondheidsprogramma
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Zeldzame ziekten
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Richtlijn vervalste geneesmiddelen
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.
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Kanker
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.
De ongelijkheid op gezondheidsgebied tussen verschillende sociaaleconomische groepen en tussen verschillende delen van de EU is een van de grootste problemen waarmee de Europese Unie vandaag te kampen heeft.
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.
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.
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
WCNG: Europeanen beschermen tegen nieuwe gezondheidsrisico's
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'.
Europese Antibioticadag promoot verstandig gebruik van antibiotica in meer dan 40 landen
This conference aims to foster a high level policy debate about how to best scale up innovation within the care systems in response to the demographic challenge and how to create the associated opportunities for new growth and jobs.
The eHealth network has adopted Guidelines to make it possible to share basic health information for a patient across EU borders.
The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is a European health initiative coordinated by ECDC which provides a platform and support for national campaigns on the prudent use of antibiotics during the week of 18 November.
Science fact-sheets explaining the opinions produced by the European Commission's non-food Committees on parabens, methylene glycol, fragrance allergens, nano zinc oxide in sun screens and scanners are now also available in FR, DE and ES. Discover how these products have an impact on your daily life.
Diabetes: the need for a cross-sectoral EU policy response
This new Decision is an important step forward in improving health security in the European Union and protecting citizens from a wide range of health threats, such as possible future pandemics and serious cross border threats caused by communicable diseases, chemical, biological or environmental events.
De richtlijn over gezondheidszorg in het buitenland treedt in werking
'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.
Werelddag van de geestelijke gezondheid, 10 oktober 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.
Come and join world renowned DJ, Bob Sinclair at Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels
EU-maatregelen tegen obesitas en voor gezondere levenswijzen
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-maatregelen tegen obesitas en voor gezondere levenswijzen
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.
An 'easy to read' fact-sheet is now available in 4 languages on the Opinion on "nano-form Zinc Oxide in Sunscreens’'
Bevolking beter beschermd tegen internationale gezondheidsbedreigingen
Speciale editie – Wetenschappelijke comités
Neven Mimica wordt de eerste Kroatische EU-commissaris, verantwoordelijk voor consumentenbescherming
Kroatië wordt op 1 juli 2013 de 28e lidstaat van de Europese Unie
A layman version is now available for the 'Opinion on Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products'.
Recht op gezondheid, recht op leven - hiv en mensenrechten
eHealth Week: voor een gezonder Europa
Wetenschappelijke adviezen en expertise maken het leven van Europese burgers gezonder en veiliger
Meer aandacht voor patiëntveiligheid in de EU
Gezondheid is prioriteit in sociaal investeringspakket
Gezondheid van migranten en etnische minderheden, waaronder Roma
In een nieuwe video laat de EU zien welke lokale, regionale, nationale en Europese programma’s ze steunt om gezondere voeding en meer lichaamsbeweging te promoten.
Gezondheidszorgstelsels – de Europese dimensie
Nieuw verslag met indicatoren voor gezondheid en gezondheidsstelsels in 35 landen
EU heet Kroatië welkom
Gezond ouder worden
Gezondheid-EU Nieuwsbrief 98 - Geneesmiddelenbewaking - Toezicht op de veiligheid van geneesmiddelen
Gezondheid-EU Nieuwsbrief - Geneesmiddelenbewaking - Toezicht op de veiligheid van geneesmiddelen
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
Gezondheid-EU- Nieuwsbrief - Kennis delen om de behandeling van dementie in Europa te verbeteren
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Kindervaccinatie: veilige en doeltreffende preventie
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU – Nieuwe aanpak voor klinische proeven
Het is weer zomer: voorkomen is beter dan genezen!
Nieuwsbrief Gezondheid-EU - Gezondheid in Europa - Online informatie
‘Every blood donor is a hero’ – Find out more about donating blood on World Blood Donor Day
Find out more about the Comission's anti-tobacco campaign "Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable"
Prevention is key in the fight against cancer
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