Editorial by Xavier Prats Monné, Director-General of DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission
Today, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden to notify full transposition of the Tobacco Products Directive (Directive 2014/40/EU). This Directive aims to improve the functioning of the internal market for tobacco and related products, while ensuring a high level of health protection for European citizens. The Directive sets out that its provisions should had been transposed into national law by 20 May 2016.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) in collaboration with the Commission is organising a workshop to gather the views of stakeholders on the adaptive pathways approach for medicine development. The event will be broadcast live from 09:30 C.E.T.
The Group will provide the Commission with advice on investments and priorities, ensure the coordination of actions, and provide a platform to decide on implementing actions with the EU financial support related to health promotion and disease prevention.
Today, the European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) publish the final Opinion on the biological effects of ultraviolet radiation relevant to health with particular reference to sunbeds for cosmetic purposes.
The Commission appointed today 15 new members of its Expert Panel of Effective Ways of Investing in Health. The renewed Expert Panel will support the Commission’s agenda on effective, accessible and resilient health systems.
Editorial by Prof. Benoit Vallet, Director General for Health, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, France
The SCCS Opinions are open for comments until mid-January 2017: Opinion on hair dye HC Orange No 6 (B125) and Opinion on 3 coatings for TiO2.
Being nearly at the half-way point of the 3rd Health Programme which runs from 2014 to 2020, the Commission would like to evaluate whether it is meeting its objectives and whether there is room for improvement. The consultation is open until 23 February 2017.
On the occasion of the 9th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), Commissioner Andriukaitis reminded that the Commission will launch, in 2017, a second Action Plan "building upon and strengthening work done and supporting Member States in the implementation and monitoring of their National Action Plans".