The general public, interest groups and organisations are all able to contribute to the EU's health-related activities through structures set up by the European Commission. These structures encourage buy-in from the public and professionals, ensuring that useful exchanges take place, and resulting in evidence-based policy-making.
EU Health Policy Platform
The EU Health Policy Platform is the main forum for communication and cooperation between health interest groups and organisations, and the European Commission. It also improves communication among these organisations.
It aims to:
- Provide a framework for dialogue between the Commission and health-related interest groups or organisations
- Facilitate targeted discussions between Commission departments and these groups
- Make health policy dialogue transparent
- Build knowledge of public health issues and relevant expertise
- Spread information about DG Health and Food Safety's projects (e.g. co-funded Health Programme projects)
- Identify, share and encourage replication of good health policy practices
- Gather and circulate research outcomes
- Provide information on other health-related policy areas.
The Platform is open to all these health-related interest groups and organisations legally registered in the EU and in the Transparency Registry.
EU Health Award for NGOs
Through the EU Health Award for NGOs, the European Commission highlights outstanding contributions by non-governmental bodies to healthcare or health policy in their community.
Each year, the EU Health Award covers a different topic with best practices included in the Health Policy Platform to inspire others to adopt similar approaches.