The Second Programme of Community Action in the Field of Health 2008-2013 is the main instrument the European Commission uses to implement the EU Health Strategy .
It came into force on 1 January 2008 and is intended to complement, support and add value to the policies of the Member States and contribute to increase solidarity and prosperity in the European Union by protecting and promoting human health and safety and by improving public health.
The programme has three overarching objectives. It seeks to:
- improve citizens' health security,
- developing the capacity of the EU community to respond to communicable and non communicable diseases and health threats from physical, chemical and biological sources, including bio-terrorism; for example with emergency planning and preparedness measures
- promoting actions related to patient safety through high quality and safe healthcare, scientific advice and risk assessment, safety and quality of organs, substances of human origin and blood
- promote health and reduce health inequalities, increasing healthy life years and promoting healthy ageing
- generate and disseminate health information and knowledge, exchanging knowledge and best practice on health issues
The Health Programme 2008-2013 is managed by the Commission with the assistance of the Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency (Chafea).
The total budget for the programme is EUR: 321 500 000. The Programme is implemented by means of annual work plans which set out priority areas and the criteria for funding actions under the Programme.