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This section on health in the EU has been created as a trustworthy gateway to a wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European, national and international level. The content is produced by the European Commission, the Member States of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), plus EU candidate countries; by international organisations; and by pan-European non-governmental organisations in the area of public health.

Mental Health and Work Expert Seminar - Lessons from the First Country Reports    oecd.org

The main purpose of this meeting is to shortly present where the Mental Health and Work project stands and to discuss some good practice examples from the first countries that have been reviewed.[...]

MEPs push for mandatory "made-in" labelling to tighten up product safety rules    europa.eu

Direct access to list of other websites (press 'Enter') What is good for animals is good for people. The welfare of our furry and feathered friends is directly linked to public health, said Members [...]

Commission welcomes final adoption of Directive on supplementary pension rights    europa.eu

The European Commission welcomes the final adoption by the European Parliament of the Directive improving the protection of supplementary pension rights for mobile workers.[...]

Free movement of workers: Commission welcomes Council adoption of Directive to improve enforcement of workers' rights    europa.eu

The European Commission welcomes today's adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of a new Directive to ensure the better application at national level of EU citizens' right to work in another Membe[...]

Stop-the-clock guidelines to improve efficiency and consistency of regulated product assessments    europa.eu

Published on: 14 April 2014 New working practices will increase the efficiency, clarity and consistency of the assessment of regulated product applications, said the European Food Safety Authority (E[...]

Scientific Opinion on Aluminium in cosmetic products published today    europa.eu

Directorate General for Health & Consumers[...]

Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) meeting of 8-10 April 2014    europa.eu

CVMP opinions on veterinary medicinal products[...]

[European elections] S&D Group stand on Health workforce    epha.org

The S&D Group from the European Parliament launched this week a 10 point Plan called [...]

Managing the risk posed by the unintended presence of allergens in food products    eufic.org

This paper, commissioned by the ILSI Europe Food Allergy Task Force and published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, discusses advances in the risk management of allergens whi[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft concept paper on the establishment of a guideline on the selection of sterilisation processes for drug products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This concept paper addresses the need for a revision of the guidance on the selection of sterilisation methods currently provided for in the annexes to the (separate) human and veterinary development[...]

Gender equality law in 33 European countries - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

How are EU rules transposed into national law?[...]

Effectiveness of institutional mechanisms for the advancement of gender equality - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the EU Member States : report[...]

Undeclared work: Commission proposes new Platform to improve prevention and deterrence    europa.eu

The European Commission has proposed today the creation of a European Platform to improve cooperation at EU level in order to prevent and deter more effectively undeclared work, a phenomenon that cau[...]

Undeclared work: Commission proposes a new Platform to improve prevention and deterrence – frequently asked questions.    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 9 April 2014 (see also IP/14/387 and MEMO/14/272) How would the Platform work? The proposed Platform would be composed of Member States' national enforcement author[...]

Commission welcomes EU-wide campaign to manage stress at work    europa.eu

Stress is one of the most frequently reported work-related health problem in Europe and is believed to be the cause of the majority of all lost working days.[...]

Speech: Managing stress at work    europa.eu

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] László Andor Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Speech: Launch of the [...]

Health and Safety: Commission welcomes EU-wide campaign to manage stress at work    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 April 2014 Stress is one of the most frequently reported work-related health problem in Europe and is believed to be the cause of the majority of all los[...]

Roma integration: EU Framework triggers first results    europa.eu

Concerted action by the European Commission has put Roma integration firmly on the political agenda across Europe.[...]

Minimum income: adequate schemes necessary to combat poverty    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 4 April 2014 Well-designed adequate income support schemes can be powerful tools to fight poverty and increase labour market participation, and therefore contribute[...]

Education is the only way out of poverty and exclusion for Roma    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 3 April 2014 Around 90% of Roma pupils leave school before the completing their studies in Member States such as the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bul[...]

Peer review on PES approaches for sustainable activation of long-term unemployed (LTU)    europa.eu

The National Employment agency of Bulgaria will host this peer review from 10-11 April in Sofia, Bulgaria.[...]

WORLD AUTISM DAY: EMPLOYMENT IS MORE THAN JUST A JOB FOR PEOPLE WITH AUTISM    edf-feph.org

Today 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with autism – totalling around 3.3 million people in the European Union. In most regions of Europe, these children grow up to face widespread unemployment and l[...]

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report: negative health effects outweigh benefits    who.int

Climate change will mainly exacerbate existing health problems, at least until the middle of this century, and the risks will be largest for populations already most affected by climate-related disea[...]

Employment and Social Situation: Quarterly Review indicates little improvement despite first signs of recovery    europa.eu

The recent economic recovery has not yet been able to create new jobs and the social situation in the EU shows little signs of improvement so far, according to the European Commission's latest Employ[...]

Employment and Social Situation: Quarterly Review indicates little improvement despite first signs of recovery    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 31 March 2014 The recent economic recovery has not yet been able to create new jobs and the social situation in the EU shows little signs of improvement so[...]

Pushing for consumer safety. 10th anniversary of Europe’s Rapid alert system on dangerous products    europa.eu

For 10 years the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX) has been guarding European consumers against un-safe non-food products. In 2013 a total of 2,364 measures were taken by EU Member States.[...]

Eco-friendly pig and poultry production    europa.eu

Slowing the rate of climate change and improving energy use efficiency, whilst also feeding the growing global population, are key targets for the livestock sector, policy-makers and scientists alike[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft concept paper for a guideline on user safety of topically administered products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This concept paper addresses the need for a specific user safety guideline for topically administered products. The CVMP adopted the revised general User Safety Guideline for pharmaceutical veterinar[...]

EDQM launches new database to assist authorities in the fight against counterfeit/falsified medical products    edqm.eu

24 March 2014 EDQM launches new database to assist authorities in the fight against counterfeit/falsified medical products As part of its anti-counterfeiting activities, the EDQM is pleased to announ[...]

EU rules on gender equality - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

How are they transposed into national law? : update 2010[...]

Equality and non discrimination - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Equality and non discrimination[...]

The EU's role in employment, social affairs and inclusion - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

The EU's role in employment, social affairs and inclusion[...]

Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 17-20 March 2014    europa.eu

This page provides an overview of the opinions adopted at the March 2014 meeting of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and other important outcomes.[...]

Working conditions: Commission reviews application of EU rules on temporary agency work    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 March 2014 All Member States have adopted measures to implement Directive 2008/104/EC on temporary agency work and have in general done so correctly and[...]

Tripartite Social Summit: EU leaders and social partners stress need to rebuild confidence in Europe    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 March 2014 EU leaders and social partners highlighted the urgent need to rebuild confidence in European integration at the Tripartite Social Summit held[...]

[Joint press release] Ball is in Council's court to end health discrimination    epha.org

Brussels, 18 March 2014 - The multiple forms of health and other discrimination faced by patients with chronic diseases and vulnerable groups, as well as the political commitment needed to combat thi[...]

New resource for educators: Toward a malaria-free world    xplorehealth.eu

Worksheets for pupils | Toward a malaria-free world This document invites students to find out all about malaria and some of the research projects currently underway with the aim of eradicating the [...]

Assessment of progress towards the Europe 2020 social inclusion objectives    europa.eu

With its objective of inclusive as well as smart and sustainable growth, and with its (first ever) EU poverty and social exclusion target, the Europe 2020 Strategy (potentially) increases the importa[...]

Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) Meeting of 11-13 March 2014    europa.eu

The Committee adopted by consensus positive opinions for the following initial marketing authorisation applications for: Versican Plus DHPPi/L4R, from Zoetis Belgium SA, a vaccine against canine dist[...]

Speech: Speaking points by Commission Andor on the Report on Employment and social aspects of the role and operations of the Troika with regard to the euro area programme countries    europa.eu

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] László ANDOR European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Speech: Plenary Session of the European Parliament Strasbourg,[...]

EU Alliance for Investing in Children writes to the EPSCO Council - No Inclusive Growth with Increasing Child Poverty    epha.org

There are 26,5 million children across the European Union at risk of poverty or social exclusion - half a million more than a year ago - and the economic, financial and social crisis is only putting [...]

Periodic Report Summary - PROMYSE (Products from methanol by synthetic cell factories)    europa.eumsw8

STIFTELSEN SINTEF Project results: WP1: Functional characterisation and establishment of methylotrophy modules regarding module 1, we cloned and expressed six different NAD-dependent methanol dehydro[...]

Final Report Summary - EDUMIGROM (Ethnic Differences in Education and Diverging Prospects for Urban Youth in an Enlarged Europe)    europa.eumsw8

KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM Executive summary: The EDUMIGROM research project aimed to study how ethnic differences in education contribute to the diverging prospects for minority ethnic youth and their pe[...]

Final Report Summary - ETOILE (Bioethanol production via lignocellulosic fermentation of olive oil residues)    europa.eumsw8

LABOR S.R.L. Project description The ETOILE project intends to develop a new integrated process where olive mill waste water from traditional three-phase centrifugation process is purified and at the[...]

Quality framework for traineeships adopted    europa.eu

The Council adopted a recommendation on a quality framework for traineeships and discussed the employment and social policy aspects of the 2014 European Semester.[...]

Youth employment: Commission welcomes adoption of guidelines to improve quality of traineeships    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 March 2014 Quality Framework to improve quality of traineeships The European Commission welcomes today's adoption by the EU's Council of Minister of a Q[...]

Joint EMA/FDA/MHLW-PMDA orphan medicinal product workshop takes place today    europa.eu

A workshop on orphan product designation and grants is taking place today at the European Medicines Agency (EMA), jointly organised by the EMA, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and for the f[...]

Poverty: Commission welcomes final adoption of new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 March 2014 The European Commission welcomes today's definitive adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of the Regulation on the new Fund for European [...]

Poverty: new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived - frequently asked questions    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 March 2014 The European Commission proposed to set up a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) on 24 October 2012 (see IP/12/1141). The European P[...]

Have you seen the new website of European Urology?    uroweb.org

Have you already visited the new website of European Urology? If not, make sure to check it out - use your computer, tablet or smartphone to access the best of urology science at all times! The new c[...]

EULIS to take part in 5th Meeting of Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery in Sofia    uroweb.org

The 5th Meeting of Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria on 27-28 March 2014 and is organised by the EAU Section of Urolithiasis (EULIS), the Military Medical Acad[...]

EDF CALLS ON THE EU TO PROTECT WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES FROM DISCRIMINATION    edf-feph.org

This website is supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013) Brussels, 7 March 2014 | Despite the progress that has been made for the empower[...]

Employment and Social Policy Council on 10 March    europa.eu

The EU's Council of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Ministers will meet on 10 March in Brussels.[...]

PRAC recommends product information of zolpidem be updated with new advice to minimise the risk of next-morning impaired driving ability and mental alertness    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency's Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has completed a review of zolpidem-containing medicines, used for the short-term treatment of insomnia (inability to[...]

Council of Employment, Social Policy and Health Ministers, 10 March 2014, Brussels    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 March 2014 The EU's Council of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Ministers will meet on 10 March in Brussels. Key issues under discussion wil[...]

Research Headlines - A portable asbestos detector that could save thousands of lives    europa.eu

A European research project, ALERT, has developed an asbestos detection device that could save thousands of lives. The project team is building the first real-time, portable detector of asbestos fibr[...]

New resource for educators: Debating pharmaceuticals and drugs    xplorehealth.eu

Worksheets for pupils | How are drugs developed? Do we use drugs responsibly? Does news about research on new drugs create false expectations? Should illegal drugs and alcoholic drinks come with inf[...]

Employment: Commission proposes €1.9 million from Globalisation Fund to help redundant workers in the Spanish car industry    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 5 March 2014 The European Commission has proposed to provide Spain with €1.9 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 285 form[...]

Employment: Commission proposes € 3 million from Globalisation Fund to help 1,146 redundant workers in TV manufacturing industry in Italy    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 5 March 2014 The European Commission has proposed to provide Italy with €3 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 1,146 form[...]

Smart, adaptable machines for the production line    europa.eu

A pan-European project has developed a solution using generic adaptive technologies - sensors, processes and actuator systems able to automatically adjust metal-cutting operations in response to chan[...]

PES to PES Dialogue Conference on targeted services for employers    europa.eu

The 7th PES to PES Dialogue Conference on targeted services for employers will take place on 11-12 March 2014 in Brussels.[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft guideline on core SmPC for human fibrinogen products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This guideline describes the information to be included in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) for Human Fibrinogen, which is indicated for the treatment and prophylaxis of bleeding in pati[...]

Question and answer on expression/declaration of potency in quantitative and qualitative composition for Vancomycin products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Expression/declaration of potency in quantitative and qualitative composition for Vancomycin products[...]

[Joint open letter] Health actors write to Barroso proposing stronger healht dimension    epha.org

The European Commission is expected to launch its initial mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy in early March. This review will need to take stock of both the attention paid to the inclusive g[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft reflection paper on the wording of indication for medicinal products for treatment of type 2 diabetes, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Currently, the wording of the indication in section 4.1 of the SmPC (Summary of Product Characteristics) for recently approved centrally authorised medicinal products intended for the treatment of pa[...]

Ten things everyone should know about Europe's productive seas    europa.eu

A recent assessment by the European Environment Agency (EEA) showed that European seas are in a worrying state. As policy makers meet to discuss the marine environment that sustains maritime developm[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft guideline on the evaluation of the pharmacokinetics of medicinal products in patients with decreased renal function, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Pharmacokinetic studies can be used to estimate drug exposure in subpopulations of patients with characteristics that might affect the pharmacokinetics of the drug, and alternative dosing regimens ma[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft concept paper on revision of the points to consider on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in the development of antibacterial medicinal products (CHMP/EWP/2655/99) and conversion to a CHMP guideline, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This concept paper proposes a revision of the CHMP's points to consider on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in the development of antibacterial medicinal products (CPMP/EWP/2655/99) and its conv[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft guideline on the evaluation of medicinal products for the treatment of chronic constipation, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This guideline intends to address the EU regulatory position in the main topics of clinical development of new medicinal products in the treatment of chronic constipation, opioid-induced constipation[...]

Streamlining processing for bio-based products    europa.eu

The market for bio-products or bio-based goods has grown sharply over the past few years as consumers embrace foods, fuels, medicines and other products made from renewable biological resources. Howe[...]

Tobacco Products Directive    efanet.org

Last word of the European Parliament on the tobacco products directive On February, 26 the plenary of the European Parliament (EP) voted on the text of the revised directive on the manufacture, prese[...]

Growth of low-wage, low-skilled jobs throughout Europe in need of solution    europa.eu

Among the social and economic shifts challenging Europe is the growth of low-wage, low-skilled jobs filled by workers who face undesirable working conditions and uncertain future prospects. This tren[...]

Statement of Commissioner Tonio Borg - Revision of the Tobacco Products Directive    europa.eu

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission Brussels, 26 February 2014 Statement [...]

Questions & answers: New rules on tobacco products    europa.eu

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 February 2014 Today the European Parliament approved a revised EU Tobacco Products Directive. This new law st[...]

Last word of the European Parliament on the tobacco products directive    efanet.org

Today, the plenary of the European Parliament has voted on the text of the revised directive on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. The Members of the European Par[...]

Social inclusion: Council of Europe and European Commission to support local authorities' Roma inclusion actions    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Strasbourg/Brussels, 25 February 2014 Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Lá[...]

Poverty: new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived - frequently asked questions    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels/Strasbourg, 25 February 2014 The European Commission proposed to set up a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) on 24 October 2012 (see IP/12/1141). [...]

ENSP Open Letter - Tobacco Products Directive    ensp.org

Honorable Member of the European Parliament, read more[...]

The European Social Fund at work - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

More jobs, less marginalisation[...]

Product market review 2013 - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Financing the real economy[...]

Physical and psychological violence at the workplace - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Physical and psychological violence at the workplace[...]

Scientific guideline: Questions and answers on Benzoic acid and Benzoates in the context of the revision of the guideline on ‘Excipients in the label and package leaflet of medicinal products for human use’, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

The objective of this group is to update the labelling of selected excipients listed in the Annex of the above mentioned EC guideline, as well as to add new excipients to the list, based on a review [...]

Scientific guideline: Questions and answers on Ethanol in the context of the revision of the guideline on ‘Excipients in the label and package leaflet of medicinal products for human use’, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

The objective of this group is to update the labelling of selected excipients listed in the Annex of the above mentioned EC guideline, as well as to add new excipients to the list, based on a review [...]

Scientific guideline: Questions and answers on Benzyl alcohol in the context of the revision of the guideline on ‘Excipients in the label and package leaflet of medicinal products for human use’, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

The objective of this group is to update the labelling of selected excipients listed in the Annex of the above mentioned EC guideline, as well as to add new excipients to the list, based on a review [...]

Employment: vacancy trends reveal growing North-South divide in EU labour market    europa.eu

Vacancy trends in the European labour market indicate a widening gap in job opportunities between Northern and Southern countries.[...]

Employment: vacancy trends reveal growing North-South divide in EU labour market    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 February 2014 Vacancy trends in the European labour market indicate a widening gap in job opportunities between Northern and Southern countries. The lat[...]

EPHA Urges Members of the European Parliament to adopt the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)    epha.org

Brussels 21 February 2013 - Ahead of the plenary vote on the report on the Tobacco Products Directive of 26 February, EPHA calls Members of the European Parliament to support the Directive. Why is th[...]

Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 17-20 February 2014    europa.eu

This page provides an overview of the opinions adopted at the February 2014 meeting of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and other important outcomes.[...]

Labour law: Commission refers Luxembourg to Court over protection of fixed-term staff    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 February 2014 The European Commission has decided to refer Luxembourg to the EU's Court of Justice for breaching its obligations under the Fixed-Term Wo[...]

Health and Safety: Commission welcomes definitive adoption by Council of measures to protect workers against exposure to hazardous chemicals    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 February 2014 The European Commission has welcomed the definitive adoption today by the EU's Council of Ministers of measures to better protect workers [...]

Scientific guideline: Draft reflection paper on microbiological aspects of herbal medicinal products and traditional herbal medicinal products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Directive 2001/83/EC as amended and Directive 2001/82/EC as amended provide definitions for herbal substances, herbal preparations, and herbal medicinal products (HMPs). The basic legislation applies[...]

Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) Meeting of 11-13 February 2014    europa.eu

The Committee adopted by consensus a positive opinion for an initial marketing authorisation application for Parvoduk, from MERIAL, a vaccine for the active immunisation of Muscovy ducks to reduce we[...]

Periodic Report Summary - PLEASURE (Novel processing approaches for the development of food products low in fat, salt and sugar)    europa.eumsw8

BIOZOON GMBH Project context and objectives: More than 60 % of all reported diseases in modern industrial countries are said to have their origin from malnutrition. It has been identified that an imp[...]

Speech: Poverty eradication and sustainable development after 2015    europa.eu

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Janez Potočnik European Commissioner for Environment Speech: Opening the Stakeholder Conference organized with EESC [...]

UNFPA - UNFPA and Pathfinder International Renew Collaborative Commitment to Advance Family Planning, Gender Equality    unfpa.org

The renewed memorandum, first signed in 2010, states that Pathfinder will provide technical support for a range of UNFPA initiatives including contraception education, counseling, and services; adol[...]

Employment & recruitment agencies sector guide on implementing the UN guiding principles on business and human rights - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Employment & recruitment agencies sector guide on implementing the UN guiding principles on business and human rights[...]

Report - Fees payable to the European Medicines Agency for the conduct of pharmacovigilance activities in respect of medicinal products for human use - A7-0476/2013 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on fees payable to the European Medicines Agency for the conduct of pharmacovigilance activities in respect of me[...]

Social Agenda – Youth employment    europa.eu

The latest issue of Social Agenda highlights the need for a new approach to employment, social and inclusion policy to promote youth employment: a combination of urgent, highly targeted measures supp[...]

UNFPA - UNFPA and Pathfinder International Renew Collaborative Commitment to Advance Family Planning, Gender Equality    unfpa.org

The renewed memorandum, first signed in 2010, states that Pathfinder will provide technical support for a range of UNFPA initiatives including contraception education, counseling, and services; adol[...]

Regulatory information – EMA introduces product numbers to track medicines through pre-authorisation procedures    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency has introduced unique product identifiers (UPIs) to track medicines through pre-authorisation procedures.[...]

UK needs to tackle high cost of mental-ill health, says OECD    oecd.org

Mental health issues cost the UK around GBP 70 billion every year, or roughly 4.5% of GDP, in lost productivity at work, benefit payments and health care expenditure.[...]

UNFPA - UNFPA Official Hails Heroism of Haiyan Health Workers    unfpa.org

LEYTE, Philippines — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, acknowledged the heroism of health workers in Typhoon Haiyan-affected areas who continued to serve their communities, despite having b[...]

Scientific guideline: Concept paper on review and update of European Medicines Agency guidelines to implement best practice with regard to 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) in regulatory testing of medicinal products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

The Joint CHMP/CVMP ad-hoc expert group on the application of the 3Rs in the regulatory testing of medicinal products (JEG 3Rs), in coordination with relevant CHMP and CVMP working parties, has been [...]

Improving collaboration among science educators    europa.eu

A career in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) can offer exciting opportunities and challenges. However young Europeans are showing a reluctance to get on board with[...]

JRC published a harmonisation framework for health-based evaluation of indoor emissions from construction products in the European Union    europa.eu

The harmonisation framework concerns the health based evaluation of chemical emissions from construction products based on the lowest concentration of interest (LCI) approach.[...]

European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative: vital instruments for a job rich recovery    europa.eu

Commission MEMO Brussels, 5 February 2014 European The European Social Fund (ESF) plays a fundamental role in supporting Member States' investment in human capital and thereby in strengthening the co[...]

UNFPA - UNFPA Official Hails Heroism of Haiyan Health Workers    unfpa.org

LEYTE, Philippines — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, acknowledged the heroism of health workers in Typhoon Haiyan-affected areas who continued to serve their communities, despite having b[...]

EFSA publishes 'stop-the-clock' timelines for regulated product applications    europa.eu

Published on: 31 January 2014 During the risk assessment of regulated products such as food contact materials, GMOs or feed additives EFSA may ask for additional information in order to complete its [...]

Scientific guideline: Draft guideline on key aspects for the use of pharmacogenomic methodologies in the pharmacovigilance evaluation of medicinal products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This guideline addresses the influence of pharmacogenomics on pharmacovigilance activities, including considerations on how to evaluate the pharmacovigilance related issues for medicinal products wit[...]

Five innovative products to help revitalise Europe's textile sector    europa.eu

A European research project, Nu-Wave, has produced new tools to help Europe's textile industry restore its position on the world market.[...]

Working conditions: time for Member States to implement the ILO domestic workers convention    europa.eu

The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of a Decision authorising Member States to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention concerning fair[...]

Employment: Commission proposes €840,000 from Globalisation Fund to help redundant textile workers in Spain    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 January 2014 The European Commission has proposed to provide Spain with €840,000 from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 300 worke[...]

Working conditions: time for Member States to implement the ILO domestic workers convention    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 January 2014 The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of a Decision authorising Member States to ratify the Intern[...]

Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 20-23 January 2014    europa.eu

Overview of the opinions adopted at the January 2014 meeting of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and other important outcomes.[...]

Switzerland needs to improve its approach to mental-health issues in the labour force, says OECD    oecd.org

Switzerland needs to do more to help people with mental disorders find a job or stay in work, according to a new OECD report.[...]

Periodic Report Summary - MANUCLOUD (Distributed Cloud product specification and supply chain manufacturing execution infrastructure)    europa.eumsw8

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V Project context and objectives: The transition from mass production to personalised, customer-oriented and eco-efficient manufactu[...]

Strong evidence for public health benefits with taxes on alcohol    eurocare.org

OECD released a new Health Working Paper on fiscal policies in December 2013, which concludes that the arguments in support of taxes being used to attain public health objectives are strong for tobac[...]

EU Parliament inquiry on the Troika - implications of policy change in member states' welfare    epha.org

On 7 January the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament started a hearing regarding the consequences of policies of the Troika on the Member States affected by the [...]

speech - Presentation of 2013 Annual Review of Employment and Social Developments    europa.eu

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] László ANDOR European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion speech - European Commission Press room's statement Brussels, [...]

Employment and Social Developments: Annual Review highlights need to address risks of in-work poverty    europa.eu

A significant increase in poverty among the working age population is one of the most tangible social consequences of the economic crisis. A gradual reduction of unemployment levels may not be enough[...]

Employment and Social Developments: Annual Review highlights need to address risks of in-work poverty    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 January 2014 A significant increase in poverty among the working age population is one of the most tangible social consequences of the economic crisis. [...]

Sex discrimination in relation to part-time and fixed-term work - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

The application of EU and national law in practice in 33 European countries[...]

Education and training in Europe 2020 - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

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Environmental footprint and material efficiency support for product policy - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Report on benefits and impacts/costs of options for different potential material efficiency requirements for electronic displays[...]

EaSI, new EU umbrella programme for employment and social policy - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

EaSI, new EU umbrella programme for employment and social policy[...]

Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) Meeting of 14-16 January 2014    europa.eu

The Committee adopted by consensus positive opinions for initial marketing authorisation applications....[...]

Employment: What is EURES, the pan-European job search network    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 January 2014 What is EURES and what does it do? EURES (the European jobseeker mobility network) is a cooperation network between the European Commission and the [...]

Employment: Commission proposes to improve EURES job search network – frequently asked questions    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 January 2013 See also IP/14/26, MEMO/14/22 Why is there a need for a reform? EURES has already helped many jobseekers to find work in other Member States and hel[...]

Employment: Commission proposes to improve EURES job search network    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 January 2014 The pan-European job search network EURES would be strengthened to provide more job offers, increase the likelihood of job matches and help[...]

Announcement to all members: Upcoming General Assembly    uroweb.org

All EAU Members are invited to come to the Annual EAU General Assembly, to be held on the occasion of the 29th Annual Congress in Stockholm. Several senior EAU positions are up for election, includin[...]

Employment: 17 Member States have submitted Youth Guarantee Implementation Plans    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 15 January 2014 17 Member States have already submitted to the European Commission their final plans to implement the Youth Guarantee, the ambitious EU-wide reform [...]

New resource for educators: The biotechnological revolution in the classroom - new version    xplorehealth.eu

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EFSA conclude aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current intake levels    eufic.org

On 10 December 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released its opinion on the re-evaluation of aspartame as a food additive and concluded that aspartame and its breakdown products are sa[...]

Report - Geographical indications of aromatised wine products - A7-0158/2012 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of aromati[...]

Review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the EU Member States - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Women and the media — advancing gender equality in decision-making in media organisations : main findings[...]

The implementation of the Common European Framework for languages in European education systems - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

The implementation of the Common European Framework for languages in European education systems[...]

Women, men and working conditions in Europe - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

A report based on the fifth European working conditions survey[...]

3rd European quality of life survey - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Quality of life in Europe : quality of society and public services[...]

Discrimination of consumers in the digital single market - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Discrimination of consumers in the digital single market[...]

Structural and investment funds: Commission boosts partners' role in planning and spending    europa.eu

A common set of standards to improve consultation, participation and dialogue with partners during the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects financed by the European Structu[...]

End of restrictions on free movement of workers from Bulgaria and Romania    europa.eu

The last restrictions on the free movement of workers from Bulgaria and Romania were lifted on 1 January 2014. Bulgarian and Romanian citizens are now able to fully exercise their right to work in al[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft guideline on core summary of product characteristics for plasma-derived fibrin sealant / haemostatic products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This guideline describes the information to be included in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) for plasma-derived fibrin sealant / haemostatic products.[...]

End of restrictions on free movement of workers from Bulgaria and Romania, 1 January 2014 Statement by European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 1 January 2014 Today marks the lifting of the last restrictions on the free movement of workers from Bulgaria and Romania. From today, Bulgarian and Romanian citize[...]

Animal welfare at slaughterhouses    europa.eu

Published on: 20 December 2013 EFSA has published three scientific opinions on the welfare of pigs, sheep and goats, chicken and turkeys during the slaughter process. The opinions propose monitoring [...]

European Workplace and Alcohol - EWA    eurocare.org

EWA Toolkit and EWA Policy Recommendations are now available[...]

Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 16-19 December 2013    europa.eu

This page provides an overview of the opinions adopted at the December 2013 meeting of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and other important outcomes.[...]

Periodic Report Summary 2 - METAPRO (The development of tools and effective strategies for the optimisation of useful secondary metabolite production in planta)    europa.eumsw8

Royal Holloway and Bedford New College Project context and objectives: Plant secondary metabolites are defined as compounds that are non-essential to fundamental plant processes, but do have an impor[...]

Report - Amendment of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products - A7-0354/2013 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products w[...]

Registration opens for joint EMA/FDA/MHLW-PMDA orphan medicinal product workshop    europa.eu

Registration is open for the third workshop on orphan product designation and grants jointly organised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and, for the f[...]

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions    europa.eu

Eurofound, a tripartite European Union Agency, provides knowledge to assist in the development of social and work-related policies User satisfaction survey closes on 20 December - tell us what you t[...]

Commissioner Borg welcomes agreement on the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive    europa.eu

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission MEMO Brussels, 18 December 2013 [...]

[EPHA explainer] Lost in co-decision? A case study on the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) & e-cigarettes    epha.org

The Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC) regulates the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products in the EU 28 Member States. The future EU legislation of nicotine containing products [...]

Tobacco Products Directive: green light of the Member States    efanet.org

One year exact has passed since the Commission's proposal for a new Tobacco Products Directive, necessary to update a 12-year old legislation, to close legal gaps, to be in line with the World Health[...]

Regulatory and procedural guideline: Draft recommendation on pharmacovigilance surveillance and signal detection of veterinary medicinal products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Veterinary medicinal products (VMPs) are granted a marketing authorisation in the European Union (EU) based on demonstration of quality, safety and efficacy through experimental data involving the ta[...]

Countries urged to sink health risks from asbestos, second-hand smoke and toxic chemicals by 2015    who.int

Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland WHOLIS, HINARI, WHO libraries, documentation centres Important statements of or about [...]

Recent survey shows positive impact of mutual learning programme for public employment services    europa.eu

A recent survey among its participants shows that the PES to PES Dialogue mutual learning programme has achieved good results, thus actively contributing to the implementation of the Europe 2020 empl[...]

Working conditions of professional athletes    europa.eu

Professional athletes in Europe rarely have the benefit of collective agreements or social dialogue to help establish good basic working conditions and some form of employment protection. A study pre[...]

Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) Meeting of 10-12 December 2013    europa.eu

The Committee adopted by consensusa positive opinion for an extension of the existing authorisation for Contacera (meloxicam), from Zoetis Belgium SA to add a new strength, pharmaceutical form and a [...]

Commission proposes best practices to reduce the social impact of restructuring    europa.eu

Best practices for anticipating company restructuring and minimising their impact on workers and social conditions have been outlined today by the European Commission in the form of an EU Quality Fra[...]

Employment: Commission proposes best practices to reduce the social impact of restructuring    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 13 December 2013 Best practices for anticipating company restructuring and minimising their impact on workers and social conditions have been outlined toda[...]

Education Committee of the EACVI: the new challenges    escardio.org

Welcome to the European Society of Cardiology . Our mission: to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe Doing the twist: taking assessment of LV function beyond ejection fraction EACVI[...]

New publication: Early years, family and education task group: report    who.int

Disaster preparedness and response Haemophilus influenza (HiB) diseases Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being Vector-borne and parasitic diseases The former Yugoslav Republic of[...]

Systemic seismic vulnerability and risk analysis for buildings, lifeline networks and infrastructures safety gain - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

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Commission welcomes Council agreement on enforcement of posted workers safeguards    europa.eu

Commissioner László Andor has welcomed the 9th December agreement by the EU's Council of Employment and Social Policy Ministers on a so-called 'general approach' on the proposal for a Directive on th[...]

Employment: Commission welcomes Council agreement on enforcement of posted workers safeguards    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 9 December 2013 European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor has welcomed the 9th December agreement by the EU's Council[...]

Employment and Social Policy Council on 9 December    europa.eu

The EU's Council of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Ministers will meet on 9 and 10 December in Brussels.[...]

Council of Employment, Social Policy and Health Ministers, 9-10 December 2013, Brussels    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 6 December 2013 The EU's Council of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Ministers will meet on 9 and 10 December in Brussels. Key issues under di[...]

Employment and social inclusion: Commission welcomes Council adoption of €920 million EaSI programme    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 5 December 2013 The European Commission welcomes today's adoption of the new EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) by the EU's Council o[...]

[Child Safety Product Guide] Products Specifically designed for children are causing injuries that could be avoided    epha.org

Vilnius, Thursday, 5 December, 2013 - Each day children are injured when interacting with products in their everyday environment; even with products made especially for children. Estimates from the E[...]

Press statement on Quality Framework for Traineeships    europa.eu

European Commission László ANDOR European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Press room/Brussels, 4 December 2013 [...]

Youth employment: Commission proposes standards to improve quality of traineeships    europa.eu

Guidelines to enable trainees to acquire high-quality work experience under safe and fair conditions, and to increase their chances of finding a good quality job, have been proposed today by the Euro[...]

Youth employment: Commission proposes standards to improve quality of traineeships    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 December 2013 Guidelines to enable trainees to acquire high-quality work experience under safe and fair conditions, and to increase their chances of find[...]

Monitoring of animal welfare at slaughterhouses - EFSA publishes scientific opinion on bovines    europa.eu

Published on: 3 December 2013 EFSA has published a scientific opinion on the welfare of bovines during the slaughter process. The opinion proposes monitoring indicators to be used and sampling protoc[...]

Scientific guideline: Concept paper on the second revision of the guideline on the use of the CTD format in the preparation of a registration application for traditional herbal medicinal products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This concept paper is concerned with the revision of the clinical and non-clinical sections of the guideline on the use of the Common Technical Document (CTD) format in the preparation of a registrat[...]

[EPHA Briefing] Regulation of Nicotine Containing Products (NCPs) including electronic cigarettes    epha.org

The future legislation of nicotine containing products (NCPs) including e-cigarettes is part of the ongoing discussion on the revision of Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). In light of the available r[...]

Report - Amending Directives in the fields of environment, agriculture, social policy and public health by reason of the change of status of Mayotte with regard to the Union - A7-0399/2013 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

REPORT on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending certain Directives in the fields of environment, agriculture, social policy and public health by reason o[...]

Poverty Convention – conclusions and results    europa.eu

The implementation of the Social Investment Package (SIP), giving priority to social investment and the modernisation of the welfare state, was the main focus of discussions during the Third Annual C[...]

Poverty Convention – conclusions and results    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 28 November 2013 The implementation of the Social Investment Package (SIP), giving priority to social investment and the modernisation of the welfare state, was the[...]

New ECHAMP report confirms ECH concerns about the availability of homeopathic medininal products    homeopathyeurope.org

A new report from the European Coalition on Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medicinal Products (ECHAMP), including data from two independent surveys, provides an up-to-date and objective analysis of t[...]

The Availability of Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medicinal Products in the EU    homeopathyeurope.org

A new report from ECHAMP, including data from two independent surveys, provides an up-to-date and objective analysis of the status and deficits concerning the availability of homeopathic and anthropo[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft guideline on the adventitious agent safety of urine-derived medicinal products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Human urine is used to prepare several products indicated in the field of endocrinology, such as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), human menopausal gonadotropin or menotropin (HMG) and follicle-sti[...]

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