The Panel has three main roles:
For more information, read the terms of reference.
The Scientific Panel for Health consists of 27 experts across disciplines and activities, in the fields of research and innovation, in health and wellbeing. The SPH has advisors and liaisons to the community. The group is chaired by Karin Sipido, Professor of Cardiology at KU Leuven and Past 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.
In 2015, the SPH set out its vision for the future of health and biomedical research in a working document that describes upcoming challenges and proposes a way forward through intensified cross-border collaboration, an enabling regulatory environment and a comprehensive research policy.
The SPH publishes reports from its meetings, which are publicly available. Regulators and policy-makers are 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.