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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.

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[...]

Periodic Report Summary 3 - CUT'HIVAC (Cutaneous and Mucosal HIV Vaccination)    europa.eumsw8

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6 Project context and objectives: The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) / AIDS is one of the greatest health challenges the world faces today. To date approx[...]

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

The European Commission welcomes today's adoption of the regulation on the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The Fund will give Member States valuable support in their efforts to[...]

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[...]

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.[...]

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[...]

AIDS Action Europe at Quality Action meeting in Berlin    aidsactioneurope.org

What is Quality Action? Quality Action is the EU co-funded Joint Action on [...]

HIV prevention among MSM in Russia, interview with Andrey Beloglazov    aidsactioneurope.org

Russia passed in 2013 a law, banning `gay propaganda'. Due to the timing of the law coming within a year of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi there has been ongoing protests and discussions worldwide ab[...]

Joining forces in the battle against HIV    aidsactioneurope.org

AFEW wants to work smarter instead of harder In a time of constraints, we need to utilize scarce resources efficiently and effectively. On January 16, 2014, Aids Foundation East-West (AFEW) hosted re[...]

European Parliament adopts report on new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    epha.org

At its plenary meeting in Strasbourg on 25 February, the European Parliament adopted MEP Emer Costello's report on a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAMD). The proposal is due to be [...]

560 NGOs and 75 researchers demand Members of European Parliament to reject Ms Honeyball report    aidsactioneurope.org

560 civil society organisations and 75 researchers tell the European Parliament to reject a report on prostitution by Mary Honeyball, MEP for London, which promotes the criminalisation of clients of [...]

Commissioner Andor welcomes European Parliament's approval of proposed new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    europa.eu

European Commission Statement Strasbourg, 25 February 2014 I welcome today's approval by the European Parliament of the proposed new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived, which will be worth €3[...]

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). [...]

European Medicines Agency advises on compassionate use of a new combination therapy for chronic hepatitis C    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has given an opinion on the use of a fixed-dose combination of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir in the treatment of chro[...]

EU scientists set out to tackle radiation-related gender issues in space    europa.eu

Why are there more men than women in space? The answer might not be as straightforward as you first think. According to physiological models used by NASA, female astronauts have a lower threshold for[...]

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[...]

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[...]

Scientific guideline: Concept paper on the need for a single note for guidance on the chemistry of active substances, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Concept paper on the need for a single note for guidance on the chemistry of active substances Concept paper on the need for a single note for guidance on the chemistry of active substances Email ad[...]

Dutch Aids Fonds launches the "Dutch Kiss" in solidarity with LGBT community    aidsactioneurope.org

Only one in ten gay men has access to HIV care due to violation of human rights.Across the globe, only one in ten men who have sexual relations with other men has access to sex education, HIV care an[...]

UNFPA - Reproductive Rights Are Crucial for Development, Asia-Pacific Meeting Reaffirms    unfpa.org

The ICPD's "call for human rights-centered development, whose heartbeat is sexual and reproductive health and well-being, continues to be the most authoritative account of what the world needs to do[...]

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 [...]

Addressing the Spread of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia    aidsactioneurope.org

HIV AND AIDS RISING Rates of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) are growing alarmingly faster than anywhere el[...]

Report examines how HIV and TB drug procurement loopholes feed epidemics in the Ukraine    aidsactioneurope.org

Spread of HIV/AIDS and TB in Ukraine is the second highest in Europe after Russia. Because of corruption in public procurement of drugs thousands of Ukrainians don't receive proper treatment, accordi[...]

Across Europe young MSM are at higher risk of HIV infection    aidsactioneurope.org

The highest proportion of new HIV infections across Europe occur in young men who have sex with men (MSM), according to results of a 15-country analysis. In 2012, newly reported human immunodeficienc[...]

UNFPA - Reproductive Rights Are Crucial for Development, Asia-Pacific Meeting Reaffirms    unfpa.org

The ICPD's "call for human rights-centered development, whose heartbeat is sexual and reproductive health and well-being, continues to be the most authoritative account of what the world needs to do[...]

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[...]

EAU14 Highlight: Testosterone replacement in older men    uroweb.org

The upcoming 29th Annual EAU Congress will address a number of challenging topics which currently raise much discussion in the international urological community. One of such topics is testosterone r[...]

Making family planning integral to sexual and reproductive health    who.int

Family planning remains a neglected public health priority. The latest issue of [...]

Periodic Report Summary 2 - THICK VALUE CONCEPTS (Thick evaluative concepts: value, reasons, and the natural world)    europa.eumsw8

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS The THICK VALUE CONCEPTS project concerns an area of moral philosophy known as meta-ethics. One central topic of meta-ethics is the meaning and function of evaluative language and[...]

Final Report Summary - THICK VALUE CONCEPTS (Thick evaluative concepts: value, reasons, and the natural world)    europa.eumsw8

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS The THICK VALUE CONCEPTS project concerns an area of moral philosophy known as meta-ethics. One central topic of meta-ethics is the meaning and function of evaluative language and[...]

A Europe free from gender-based violence - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

A Europe free from gender-based violence[...]

Periodic Report Summary - EPIHEALTH (Linking perturbed maternal environment ... due to diabetes, obesity or assisted reproductive technologies, and altered health during ageing.)    europa.eumsw8

BIOTALENTUM TUDASFEJLESZTO KFT Project context and objectives: The main goal of EPIHEALTH is to improve health of the human population by understanding the mechanisms and pathways in early developmen[...]

Executive Coordinator AAE is saying goodbye    aidsactioneurope.org

Dear AIDS Action Europe members and other colleagues, Over the years I've updated you about many of our advocacy actions through this network news. Now I use this channel for a goodbye message. By th[...]

BCN Checkpoint mobilized the MSM community in Barcelona during the European HIV Testing Week    aidsactioneurope.org

Volunteers encourage dialogue 22 to 29 November more than 400 organisations and institutions across Europe hosted activities to help people to become aware of their HIV status. One of these organizat[...]

18th HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum in Luxembourg    aidsactioneurope.org

We gathered in Luxembourg 9 to 12 December, to exchange information, discuss and influence the future of HIV/AIDS policy in Europe. The highlights: Interim HIV Action Plan for the region As the curre[...]

CO2 emissions calculations: explaining concepts and methodologies    europa.eu

There are several methods for accounting for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The European Environment Agency (EEA) explains the key characteristics of different emissions accounting methods, highligh[...]

How 'plug-and-produce' concepts can revolutionise the factory floor ...    europa.eu

A major challenge facing the European manufacturing sector is how to reduce shaking and vibration in production lines so consumers get better quality end-products. But it is complex and costly to ada[...]

Call for the expression of interest to become a member of the EU HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum (deadline for participation: 31 January 2014    europa.eu

European Commission - The Directorate General Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) of the European Commission invites non-governmental organisations and networks to apply for a memb[...]

HIV causes structural heart disease - detectable blood viral load nearly doubles the prevalence of heart disease    escardio.org

Presented at EuroEcho-Imaging, the findings support the introduction of CV screening in all HIV patients: [...]

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[...]

New Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    epha.org

European Parliament and EU Council agree to €3.5 billion on support to healthy diets including healthy diets - 2. Healthy diets, healthy food and healthy agriculture / food, diet and nutrition, Gende[...]

World AIDS Day 2013: EDCTP prepares for its second programme to support the fight against HIV/AIDS    edctp.org

Important progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS has been achieved but HIV still affects millions of lives. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the continent most affected by the disease. Currently, E[...]

World AIDS Day 2013: The Fight Against HIV/AIDS by the EU    europa.eu

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission MEMO Brussels, 29 November 2013 What are the latest figures on HIV/AIDS in the EU and neighbouring countries? According to the [...]

New publication: HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2012    who.int

Disaster preparedness and response Haemophilus influenza (HiB) diseases Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being International Health Regulations Vector-borne and parasitic disease[...]

New breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer and AIDS    europa.eu

Cancer and AIDS have compromised the quality of life for millions of people around the globe, and, despite recent breakthroughs, they still represent major challenges for the medical and scientific c[...]

HIV infections up by 8% across Europe    aidsactioneurope.org

More testing and better treatment coverage recommended According to new data published today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, m[...]

What future for Europe’s young people? Concept and contribution of the Youth Guarantee    europa.eu

European Commission László ANDOR European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Lecture at Greenwich University/London, 28 November 2013 Ladies and gentlemen, It is a [...]

World AIDS Day 2013 – Revised guidance to facilitate development of new medicines    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency plays a key role in the authorisation of medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).[...]

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