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Issue 181, 13 October 2016


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Strengthening Vigilance in the field of Substances of Human Origin across the EU

by Alessandro Nanni Costa, Director General, Italian National Transplant Centre and Giancarlo Liumbruno, Director General, Italian National Blood Centre

by Alessandro Nanni Costa, Director General, Italian National Transplant Centre and Giancarlo Liumbruno, Director General, Italian National Blood Centre

Millions of EU citizens owe their survival or quality of life to blood transfusions, to the transplantation of organs, tissues and cells such as bone marrow or corneas, or to the use of donated gametes for assisted reproduction, all made possible by the generous donations made by others. While these benefits are widely acknowledged, professionals in the field of substances of human origin are also conscious of the importance of ensuring that any risks associated with the clinical use of these substances are minimised and monitored. Since 2002, the EU has regulated this field through a series of directives aimed [...]

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News from the EU 

Independent panel to advise on tobacco flavours: Call for experts extended until 20 October  »

Are you an expert in sensory analysis, chemical analysis and statistics? Join a newly established independent advisory panel to determine whether tobacco products have a characterising flavour!

Cancer Control Joint Action to have strong presence at World Cancer Congress, 31 October - 3 November  »

NoHoW project uses ICT to support long-term weight control  »

Take the survey - how does a rare disease affect your daily life?  »

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Patients without Borders: report from the Benelux Secretariat General  »

This report describes the cross-border mobility of patients between Benelux countries, France and Germany. It contains country specific data, as well as trends analysis and recommendations on cross-border healthcare.

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Speaking with one voice on Health Inequalities  »

Health interest groups are invited to register on the Web Platform (via EU-login) and contribute to the drafting of a number of joint statements with their peers!

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Forthcoming events 

World Food Day, 16 October  »

EC/EUnetHTA Forum Health Technology Assessment Joint Action meeting and launch of consultation (Brussels, 21 October 2016)  »

Annual Alzheimers' Europe Conference (Copenhagen, 31 October – 2 November 2016)  »

Reporting from across Europe 

National campaign aims to show that generic medicines are safe!  »

8 out of 10 French citizens use generic medications and 93% of them are happy with the results, but there are still some skeptics and this campaign aims to change their minds!

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