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Issue 179, 15 September 2016


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Health for All and All for Health! How the EU is helping Member States optimise their health systems

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

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

How can the Commission help make health systems more effective, resilient and accessible? It's a complex challenge – Member States have their own national healthcare systems – their own networks of people, institutions and resources working in the field of health – so how can the EU provide added value?

As outlined in its Communication in 2014 on health systems, the Commission promotes cooperation at EU level with a view to strengthen effectiveness, increase accessibility and improve resilience of the national health systems in the EU.  

To strengthen effectiveness, for example, the EU promotes [...]

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News from the EU 

Would you like to join the Independent Advisory Panel on characterising flavours in tobacco products?  »

The European Commission is looking for experts in sensory analysis, chemical analysis and statistics. Apply to the call for expression of interest by 22 September 2016!

G7 Health Ministers meet in Kobe, Japan 11 – 12 September 2016  »

Health ministers from Japan, the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K., Italy, and Canada and representatives from leading international organisations met to discuss the most pressing health challenges, including antimicrobial resistance.

Safety of Medicines: Commission publishes report on activities to monitor medicine safety in the EU  »

The report describes the activities of the collaborative EU system for monitoring and controlling the safety of human medicines between 2012 and July 2015.

Public consultation on the SCHEER Preliminary Opinion on Additives used in tobacco products  »

The Opinion provides guidelines for types of studies and their criteria that manufacturers should request to assess the relevance of the individual additives and the most suitable methodologies to be used. The public consultation closes 22 September 2016.

Public consultation on SCHEER Opinion on biological effects of UVC radiation relevant to health with particular reference to UVC lamps  »

This Preliminary Opinion by the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks looks at the risks associated with the use of lamps emitting UVC radiation. Deadline for comments: 30 September 2016.

Japanese Parliament members visit the Commission's Directorate for Public Health, Country Knowledge and Crisis Management  »

The visit to Luxembourg on Thursday 21 July 2016 gave Japanese parlimentarians a first-hand look at how the EU is working to prevent and prepare for public health crises.

John F. Ryan named as Director of Public Health for the European Commission Health and Food Safety Directorate  »

Previously serving as Acting Director of Public Health as well as Head of Unit for Health Determinants and Inequality, John F. Ryan became Director of Public Health on 1 September 2016.

Forthcoming events 

World Alzheimer's Month - September  »

World Alzheimer's Day is still on 21 September, but now the whole month is dedicated to raising awareness.

Preparatory meeting of the Joint Action on action on AMR and healthcare-associated infection (Luxembourg, 29 - 30 September 2016)  »

The meeting will include discussion of the Joint Action's aims and activities and the proposed management structure.

The 5th European Nursing Congress (Rotterdam, 4 - 7 October 2016)  »

Under the theme 'Caring for Older People: How Can We Do the Right Things Right?', the EU-supported event aims to discuss how we know when and to what extent nursing care impacts the older patient's desired health outcomes.

First EU Mental Health Compass Forum (Luxembourg, 6 - 7 October 2016)  »

The Forum is expected to be the leading annual invitational event on mental health and well-being in Europe.

Conference: “Towards amplified awareness of EU rights to cross-border care” (Brussels, 24 October 2016)  »

Topics will include better informing patients about their rights and better coordinating National Contact Points.

EU Press Releases 

EU policy makers step up discussions to tackle alcohol related harm  »

European policymakers met in Brussels on 6 September 2016 to discuss the importance and implementation of policy and action to reduce alcohol related harm across Europe.

New publications 

EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health - 2016 Annual Monitoring Report  »

The report contains an analysis of Platform commitments made in 2015 by the food industry, public health NGOs, consumer organisations and research institutes to address overweight and obesity.

Factsheet explains role of the European Core Health Indicators (ECHI)  »

The European Core Health Indicators give a broad picture of the state of health and health care in the EU and provide references for EU Member States and other European countries.

New edition of the Cancer Control Joint Action newsletter published  »

Get survey results about survivorship care plans, learn more about skin cancer prevention and find out more about theWorld Cancer Congress to be held in Paris from 31 October to 3 November 2016.

EU-Compass for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing Newsletter  »

The EU-Compass, contracted by the Commission's DG SANTE, collects, exchanges and analyses information on policy and stakeholder activities in mental health.

Reporting from across Europe 

German-speaking health ministers hold annual meeting from 26 - 27 August 2016 in Luxembourg  [Luxembourg]  »

Ministers from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Luxembourg met to discuss health issues including addiction and the exchange of e-health data.  These annual meetings provide a valuable platform to encourage cross-border cooperation and share best practices.

Health Ministry to work closer with family physicians  [Malta]  »

The Malta College for Family Doctors welcomed recent initiatives being taken to strengthen collaboration between the Health Ministry and family physicians.

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