by Renate Krätke, Vice-Chair of the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER), Chair of the Working Group on Aluminium in Toys.
The Commission launches a public consultation on possible activities to be included in a proposal for stronger EU cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases, which will be adopted in 2018. Interested individuals and organisations are invited to have their say by 15 March 2018.
A report published today shows a sharp increase in organ donation and transplantation in the EU during the course of the 2009-2015 Action Plan. Between 2008 and 2015, the number of organ donors increased from 12 000 to nearly 15 000 (a 21% increase).
Today, the Commission sent an explanatory statement to Roche informing them about the closure of the infringement procedure taken against them for failure to meet certain obligations related to their marketing authorisations.
These rules clarify the measures that EU countries and economic operators need to enact to put in place the EU-wide tracking and tracing system for tobacco products foreseen under the Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU), which aims to fight illicit tobacco trade (articles 15 and 16).
By Martin Seychell, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Health and Food Safety Directorate General and chair of the Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non Communicable Diseases.
The Work Programme 2018 will focus resources on the promotion of health and prevention of non-communicable diseases, European Reference Networks, strengthening preparedness and response to serious cross-border health threats and the implementation of EU legislation on medical devices.
The kick-off meeting of the Joint Action on Tobacco Control (JATC) takes place today and tomorrow (12-13 December) in Athens, Greece. The JATC was set up in order to support the implementation of the EU Tobacco Products Directive, which lays down rules governing the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products.
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, looks at some of the Commission's findings, based on lessons learned during the two-year 'State of Health in the EU' cycle.
The prize aims to reward outstanding initiatives by NGOs which have helped achieve higher levels of public health for Europeans through vaccination.