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Scientific Panel for Health (SPH)

The European Commission's Scientific Panel for Health (SPH) is a science-led expert group based on the provisions of the Horizon 2020 Specific Programme that has been tasked with helping to achieve better health and wellbeing for all.

Scope of action

The Panel has three main roles:

  • to analyse and propose solutions to bottlenecks that prevent improvements in health,
  • the members of the Panel will identify long term trends influencing health through foresight, and will recommend research and innovation priorities to respond to them,
  • the expert group will aid in the translation and implementation of research and innovation results into practice.

For more information, read the terms of reference.

Membership of the Panel

The Scientific Panel for Health consists of 31 experts, who represent the peak of excellence across Europe in the fields of research and innovation, in health and wellbeing. The group is chaired by Karin Sipido, Professor of Cardiology at KU Leuven and President of the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe.

Full list of members and advisors (updated January 2016).

Biographies of the panel members and advisors.

Meetings and Reporting

The SPH will publish reports from its meetings, which will be publicly available. Regulators and policy-makers will be able to consult the documents and evidence provided and use this expert advice required to make the right decisions to achieve health and wellbeing in the future.

The first of these meetings was held on 13 January 2015, when the experts and the European Commission representatives met for the first time. At this meeting there were presentations related to the mandate of the SPH, their framework for action for the coming year, as well as a timetable of events. Discussions about future working groups focusing on specific research and innovation aspects were undertaken. Read the executive summary of the meeting.

The second plenary meeting was held  in Brussels on 9 June 2015.  At the meeting the overall goals and working procedures were reviewed, and next steps defined.  Read the executive summary of the meeting.

The third plenary, the final one of the SPH's first year of activity, took place in Brussels on 30 October 2015. At this meeting the internal workings of the SPH were reviewed, the draft of the SPH Vision Paper was discussed and content for the SPH conference on 21 January was refined. Read the executive summary of the meeting.


21/01/2016 – Brussels – Forum: 'Better research for better health’ A holistic approach to challenges & opportunities