Health-EU Newsletter - Health in Europe - online information and data

Issue 93, 28 June 2012

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Heidi health wiki

By Stefan Schreck, Head of Health Information Unit, European Commission, DG Health and Consumers

In May, the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission launched the Heidi health wiki.


Heidi (Health in Europe: Information and Data Interface) is a new way of disseminating European health information the Commission is testing. Although Heidi has been set up by DG Health and Consumers, the Commission will not provide the articles in the wiki, instead, Heidi will be based on contributions from European health experts.


Heidi aims to create a sustainable system for health information that is relevant, reliable and, more importantly, can be easily kept up-to-date. With the wiki concept, the Commission tries to bring together the expert community to share, compare and develop health information across Europe.


As a wiki, Heidi is a dynamic platform in which users can correct existing information and publish new data quickly. They can also give feedback and discuss the quality or the usefulness of the data.


Heidi contains articles about health status, determinants, diseases, health systems, trends, institutional and policy aspects. The articles are based on scientific and evidenced data.


To become a useful source of information, Heidi needs input from researchers, academics and other health experts. With their help, Heidi's content can be up-dated, expanded and enriched, so that it becomes a true living report on health in Europe.

News from the EU

European Medicines Agency issues guidance on medicines containing monoclonal antibodies

The guidance answers questions frequently asked by companies with an interest in developing similar biological monoclonal antibodies which are used in some anti-cancer medicines and in medicines against diseases affecting the immune system.

European organisations and companies join EU-OSHA campaign

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) announce the first wave of 57 official European campaign partners of its Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012-2013, ‘Working together for risk prevention’.

Commissioner Dalli attends the 18th European Generic Medicines Association (EGA) Annual Conference

Commissioner John Dalli delivers speech on 'Healthy and Active Ageing through improved access to affordable generic medicines'.

Commissioner marks 25 years of action against cancer in the EU

Commissioner Dalli delivers speech in Rome at Open forum of the Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC).

Reporting from across Europe


Children under 18 prohibited from visiting tanning salons

New laws will come into force on 1 July 2012 enforcing age checks in solariums to protect children from UV radiation dangers of sun bed exposure.


Campaign for the donation and transplantation of organs, tissues and cells

The purpose of the 2012 campaign is to promote a "call to action" to motivate people to take action regarding organ donation.


15 years of 'Be Smart – Don’t Start'

Many young people start experimenting with smoking aged 12 to 14. Now in its 15th year, the competition 'Be Smart – Don't Start' is aimed at school groups who agree to remain smoke-free for six months.

EU Press Releases

European Innovation Partnership gets strong stakeholder support

261 commitments for action on active and healthy ageing have been submitted by groups of stakeholders, who will work at local and regional level in order to deliver better quality of life for older citizens.

Forthcoming Events

8th FENS Forum of Neuroscience (Barcelona, 14-18 July 2012)

Organised by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the latest developments in brain research will be presented during this meeting of 6,500 neuroscientists.

ERS Conference (Vienna, 1-5 September 2012)

The European Respiratory Society's annual conference will present the latest innovations in clinical and basic science, practice and patient care from the people who set the standards.

New Publications

ECDC publishes Directors annual report 2011

The report details the work of ECDC during 2011, a year which saw the outbreak of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, outbreaks of malaria and West Nile virus in Greece, and a number of other public health challenges.

Respiratory Allergies – Raise Awareness, Relieve the Burden

This book is part of the European Federation of Allergy and Airway Diseases Patients Association (EFA) campaign to raise awareness about respiratory allergies and, ultimately, to reduce the burden of these conditions. Available in 15 languages.

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Heidi health wiki

Activities at EU level

Health-EU – EC Health indicators

European Commission – DG Health and Consumers

Public Health – Health indicators

European Commission – DG Health and Consumers

Heidi health wiki

European Commission – DG Health and Consumers

Health Programme Projects


The project assesses the usefulness of a comprehensive set of reproductive health indicators designed for the enlarged European Union, with particular emphasis on the reproductive health of adolescents and young adults.

Joint Action for European Community Health Indicators and Monitoring (ECHIM)

This project implements, improves, documents and maintains ECHI Indicators in all Member States and maintaining a network of national health indicator experts for ECHI Indicators and their collection.

Other interesting links

Global Health Observatory (GHO)


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