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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.

Scientific guideline: Concept paper on the need for revision of the guideline on clinical investigation of medicinal products for the prophylaxis of venous thromboembolic risk in non- surgical patients, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

A key element in the benefit risk assessment of drugs used for prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) is balancing their antithrombotic effect versus the risk of bleeding[...]

UNFPA - At least two women each hour fall victim to sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, says UNFPA    unfpa.org

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Ahead of the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, to be hosted by the United Kingdom next week, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, warns that witho[...]

Tackling the gender pay gap in the European Union - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Tackling the gender pay gap in the European Union[...]

New resource for educators: Student worksheets: Stamping out AIDS!    xplorehealth.eu

Worksheets for pupils | Towards AIDS eradication The activities we propose will help you to explore what the scientific community is doing to beat HIV infection, a pandemic currently affecting more [...]

New resource for educators: Experimental protocol: Research into a HIV vaccine    xplorehealth.eu

Home › Experimental protocol: Research into a HIV vaccine Experimental protocol: Research into a HIV vaccine By following this protocol, you can take part in research to develop a vaccine that could[...]

New resource for educators: Discussion games: HIV and AIDS    xplorehealth.eu

Game to engage in a dialogue | Towards AIDS eradication In this debating game, young people get the chance to discuss ways to prevent HIV, who has access to treatment and how to overcome the stigma [...]

IAC 2014. “AIDS Action Europe: challenges, changes and perspectives”    aidsactioneurope.org

Dear members of the AIDS Action Europe, colleagues and friends, On behalf of the AIDS Action Europe Steering Committee and Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe, we would like to invite you to participate at the meeti[...]

HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: mother-to-child transmission    who.int

Mother-to-child transmission accounted for just 1% of new cases of HIV infection reported in 2012. In September 2014, WHO/Europe will report on progress in implementing the European Action Plan for H[...]

HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: mother-to-child transmission    who.int

Mother-to-child transmission accounted for just 1% of new cases of HIV infection reported in 2012. In September 2014, WHO/Europe will report on progress in implementing the European Action Plan for H[...]

Scientific guideline: Concept paper on qualification and reporting of physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modelling and analyses, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This Concept Paper proposes the drafting of a guideline on how to report the results from and performance of a Physiologically-based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) analysis.[...]

Training to improve HIV Prevention in Europe    aidsactioneurope.org

Quality Action is a unique EU- wide project that aims to increase the effectiveness of HIV prevention in Europe. It promotes quality assurance (QA) and quality improvement (QI) tools that are adapted[...]

Upcoming EU HIV/AIDS Civil Society Meeting in Luxemburg    aidsactioneurope.org

On 8 and 9 July 2014, the HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum (CSF) will have its 19th meeting in Luxemburg. The CSF, an informal advisory body established in 2005 by the European Commission to facilitate t[...]

New Host Organisation for AIDS Action Europe    aidsactioneurope.org

For over ten years, STI AIDS Netherlands hosted the European network AIDS Action Europe and provided organisational and financial support. Time for a change, and the board of STI AIDS Netherlands, in[...]

European Medicines Agency recommends approval of Daklinza in chronic hepatitis C    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended granting a marketing authorisation for Daklinza (daclatasvir) in combination with other medicines[...]

14th meeting of the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (Luxembourg, 17-18 June 2014)    europa.eu

European Commission - 14th meeting of the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and ActionLuxembourg, 17-18 June 2014   [...]

Research Headlines - Fighting Hepatitis B and liver cancer in West Africa    europa.eu

EU-funded researchers are identifying and treating patients with Hepatitis B virus (HBV) in West Africa with the aim of reducing their risk of dying from liver cancer. The researchers are also develo[...]

AIDS Action Europe at EU meeting on HIV/AIDS in Athens    aidsactioneurope.org

On 12 and 13 June, the European Commission organised a meeting in Athens that was specifically dedicated to the EU contribution to reinforced prevention and improved care in times of HIV epidemic res[...]

HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: sexual transmission of HIV    who.int

In September, WHO/Europe will report on progress in implementing the European Action Plan for HIV/AIDS 2012-2015. Each month until then, it highlights a specific area of the Action Plan, focusing in [...]

HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: sexual transmission of HIV    who.int

Sexual transmission of HIV occurs through heterosexual contact and among men who have sex with men. Unprotected anal or vaginal sex puts people at greater risk of HIV.[...]

EU launches campaign to combat sexual violence against minors during World Cup    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 June 2014 A new campaign designed to raise awareness of the sexual exploitation of minors in Brazil during the World Cup was today launched by the Europ[...]

State aid: Commission adopts new rules facilitating public support for research, development and innovation    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 May 2014 The European Commission has adopted new rules that will facilitate the granting of aid measures by Member States in support of research, develo[...]

UNFPA - At least 2 Women Each Hour Fall Victim to Sexual Violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, Says UNFPA    unfpa.org

According to data compiled by the Congolese Government, with technical and financial support from UNFPA, 18,795 cases of gender-based violence were reported in the DRC in 2012. “Even in normal situa[...]

HIV clinical trials PROMISE-PEP and 2LADY: results presented at CROI 2014    edctp.org

Today, the ANRS held a press conference to highlight results from several studies presented at CROI 2014, among which were two EDCTP cofunded clinical trials, PROMISE-PEP and 2LADY.[...]

HIV clinical trials PROMISE-PEP and 2LADY: results presented at CROI 2014    edctp.org

Today, the ANRS held a press conference to highlight results from several studies presented at CROI 2014, among which were two EDCTP cofunded clinical trials, PROMISE-PEP and 2LADY.[...]

Media Cluster Meeting on HIV/AIDS (Athens, 12-13 June 2014) - Organised by Chafea    europa.eu

The Executive Agency for Health and Consumers implements the EU Health Programme, the Consumer Programme and the Better Training for Safer Food initiative[...]

SCHER - Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on the use of calcium cyanamide as fertiliser    europa.eu

European Commission - When preparing its policy and proposals relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment, the Commission relies on independent Scientific Committees to provide it [...]

Trending science: Researchers use HIV to fight HIV    europa.eu

Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, almost 75 million people have been infected with the virus and about 36 million people have died of HIV. In 2012, a total of 29 000 new cases of HIV were repo[...]

Progress fighting the AIDS epidemic in Ukraine under pressure    aidsactioneurope.org

According to the results of the All-Ukrainian network of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH), Ukraine for the first time has achieved considerable progress in counteracting HIV/AIDS epidemic. New AIDS[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft concept paper on the need for revision of the guideline on the clinical investigation of plasma-derived fibrin sealant / haemostatic products and the related core summary of product characteristics, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

The currently approved `guideline on the clinical investigation of plasma-derived fibrin sealant / haemostatic products' came into operation in January 2005. Since then, new fibrin sealant products h[...]

2nd meeting of the HTA Network, Brussels, 7 April 2014 - Final minutes available    europa.eu

European Commission -   Agenda Agenda Minutes   [...]

Tobacco taxes save lives    who.int

Increasing tobacco prices through taxation is the single most effective policy to reduce tobacco use and save lives. Tobacco use is the leading cause of death, killing around 6 million people globall[...]

Global Health Policy Forum, Brussels, 12 June 2014 - Draft agenda available    europa.eu

European Commission - Brussels, 12 June 2014 [...]

Research Headlines - Breaking the Hepatitis C lifecycle    europa.eu

Cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer are just some of the many life-threatening conditions caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). Unlike Hepatitis A and B there is no vaccine, and although new t[...]

HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: HIV transmission through injecting drug use    who.int

Opioid substitution therapy is one of the best ways to prevent HIV transmission among people who inject drugs. Integrating such therapy with HIV treatment and care is key to addressing the HIV epidem[...]

Latest updates on AIDS 2014    aidsactioneurope.org

In less than three months the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) to be held in Melbourne, Australia, from July 20-25, will bring together representatives of science, civil society, commun[...]

Regional Director presents progress against and challenges of HIV/AIDS in European Region    who.int

Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, addressed the participants in the Fourth Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECAAC 2014), held in Moscow, Russian Federation[...]

2nd meeting of the HTA Network, Brussels, 7 April 2014 - Draft agenda available    europa.eu

European Commission -   Agenda Agenda [...]

UNFPA - Global Parliamentarians Mark Twentieth Anniversary of "Revolution" in International Development    unfpa.org

At the opening ceremony, which was attended by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Ulrika Karlsson, Chair of the Swedish All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, ex[...]

UNFPA - More Support Needed to Save Lives of Women and Girls in South Sudan    unfpa.org

The violence that first broke out late last year in the capital, Juba, and quickly spread to other key states has killed thousands of people and displaced an estimated one million others – many of w[...]

5th Meeting of the eHealth Network, Athens, 13 May 2014 - Agenda available    europa.eu

European Commission -   Agenda and minutes Agenda [...]

Scientific guideline: Draft concept paper on viral safety of plasma-derived medicinal products with respect to hepatitis E virus, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Viral safety of plasma-derived medicinal products needs to be kept under review as viruses are identified that can be present in the plasma starting material. Initiating action with a workshop will p[...]

European HIV Legal Forum meets in Amsterdam    aidsactioneurope.org

One of the projects of AIDS Action Europe is the European HIV Legal Forum (EHLF). The project was born a couple of years ago at a seminar on HIV and the Law, which was organised by AIDS Action Europe[...]

Russian annexation of Crimea threatens drug users    aidsactioneurope.org

The Russian occupation in the Crimea has far reaching consequences for over 800 people who inject drugs and benefit from Needle exchanges and Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) therapy. Participating [...]

HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: progress on testing and counselling    who.int

In September, WHO/Europe will report on progress in implementing the European Action Plan for HIV/AIDS 2012-2015. Each month until then, we highlight a specific area of the Action Plan - beginning wi[...]

UNFPA - More Support Needed to Save Lives of Women and Girls in South Sudan    unfpa.org

The violence that first broke out late last year in the capital, Juba, and quickly spread to other key states has killed thousands of people and displaced an estimated one million others – many of w[...]

Report - Controls and activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health, plant reproductive material, plant protection products - A7-0162/2014 - 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 official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rule[...]

UNFPA - Global Parliamentarians Mark Twentieth Anniversary of "Revolution" in International Development    unfpa.org

At the opening ceremony, which was attended by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Ulrika Karlsson, Chair of the Swedish All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, ex[...]

Hepatitis A: EFSA and ECDC update their rapid outbreak assessment    europa.eu

Published on: 11 April 2014 More than 1,300 hepatitis A cases have been reported in eleven Member States since January 2013, with 240 confirmed cases related to the ongoing outbreak. Initially the ou[...]

Review of testosterone-containing medicines started    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency has started a review of testosterone-containing medicines, mainly used in men who do not produce enough testosterone (a condition known as hypogonadism).[...]

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[...]

Hepatitis C treatment guidelines issued    who.int

WHO has issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people and results in 350 000 to 500 000 deaths a year wor[...]

Global Health Policy Forum, Brussels, 10 April 2014 - Draft agenda available    europa.eu

European Commission - Brussels, 10 April 2014 [...]

Fruitful Steering Committee Meeting in Amsterdam    aidsactioneurope.org

On Monday 31st of March and Tuesday 1st of April 2014, the Steering Committee of AIDS Action Europe came together in Amsterdam. The new chair, Anke van Dam, looks back at a fruitful meeting: [...]

European Commission launches new action plan to fight HIV/AIDS    epha.org

On March 14th, 2014 the European Commission (EC) presented the new Action Plan (AP) on HIV/AIDS in EU and neighboring countries for 2014-2016, which builds on the achievements of the previous Action [...]

Scientific guideline: Concept paper on the revision of the guideline on immunogenicity assessment of biotechnology-derived therapeutic proteins, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

The Guideline on Immunogenicity Assessment of Biotechnology-derived Therapeutic Proteins, CHMP/BMWP/42832/2005 laid down general recommendations for the performance of a systematic immunogenicity ass[...]

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[...]

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

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

Fight against HIV/AIDS: launch of enhanced Action plan in EU and neighbouring countries for 2014-2016    aidsactioneurope.org

The European Commission put forward an Action Plan on HIV/AIDS which prolongs and extends existing EU action in this area, building on the achievements of the Action Plan 2009-2013. The new Action Pl[...]

Events - European Gender Medicine Network (EUGenMed) Kick-off conference - 7 April 2014, Brussels    europa.eu

Research addressing Sex and Gender (S&G) in biomedical sciences and health research is a novel and highly promising field. Interaction of S&G related mechanisms leads to different manifestati[...]

Press release: Fight against HIV/AIDS: launch of enhanced Action plan in EU and neighbouring countries for 2014-2016    europa.eu

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 March 2014 Today the European Commission put forward an Action Plan on HIV/AIDS which prolongs and e[...]

EU Council of Ministers adopts a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    epha.org

The European Union's Council of Ministers adopted the Regulation on the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The Fund will give Member States a €3.5 billion support over 2014-2020 i[...]

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