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[Press Release] European Parliament takes leap towards patient safety


Brussels, 3 April 2014 – EPHA welcomes the majority of the measures adopted yesterday by the European Parliament as part of the revision of the EU Medical Devices Directive (MDD) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVD) Directive. After one and a half years of proposals (1) and in-depth discussions, it is time to rebuild the trust of patients around Europe. “As the protection of patient safety is a paramount objective, the European Parliament has today taken a (...)
03/04/2014

[EPHA answer] Public consultation on patient safety and quality of care


In December 2013, the European Commission launched a public consultation on patient safety and quality of care in the EU, which ran until the end of February 2014. As Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health, EPHA contributed to this consultation and provided the Commission with the online questionnaire and a letter. The consultation was aimed at seeking the opinion of civil society on: Whether patient safety measures included in the Recommendation 2009 have been (...)
27/03/2014

EPHA involved in review and mapping of continuous professional development and lifelong learning for health professionals in the EU


The Commission’s Action Plan for the EU health workforce addresses continuous professional development to safeguard patient safety within the context of cross-border mobility of health professionals and patients in the EU. On 10 October 2013, a consortium led by the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and also consisting of the Council of European Dentists (CED), the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), the European Midwives Association (EMA), the European (...)
27/03/2014

The Digital Agenda in Europe - How far from the finishing line?


On 4 February 2014, Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Head of Cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, was invited at the European Policy Centre (EPC) to speak at a conference entitled “The Digital Agenda in Europe - How far from the finishing line?”. According to Oranje-Nassau, it is currently incorrect to talk about a “finishing line” since the information and communication technologies (ICTs), on which the Digital Agenda relies on, are still at (...)
05/02/2014

[Update] General Data Protection Regulation


The European Commission introduced its proposal for a revision of the data protection regulations of the EU two years ago, yet despite agreement on a compromise text by the European Parliament in October 2013, completion of a finalised General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now been delayed until after the May elections. An agreement reached on 22 January between EU Justice Commissioner, Vivian Reding, and representatives of the Greek and incoming Italian Presidency, has set the new (...)
24/01/2014

European Commission report reveals unmet flu vaccination targets


A new European Commisssion report published in January 2014 uncovers that most EU countries are falling short of flu vaccination targets. Of 18 Member States that provided data on seasonal influenza vaccination, only one managed to reach the target for the older age priority group; moreover, data was scarce for other priority groups. A number of barriers identified in the report indicate the need for further reflection and discussion of seasonal flu vaccination involving all stakeholders (...)
22/01/2014

ENS4Care - Kick off meeting


On 3rd December 2013, different stakeholders of the healthcare system including nurses, social care workers, doctors, patients, citizens, researchers and industry met in Warsaw for the kick-off meeting of the ENS4Care project, with the ambition of developing together evidence based guidelines on eHealth services for nursing and social care. Although most of the stakeholders met yesterday for the first time, the dynamism, creativity and commitment to work together in designing guidelines (...)
01/12/2013

[Second Conference of Partners in Innovation Partnership] Ageing means growth


The second Conference of Partners entitled ’Scaling up for healthy growth’ presented the progress that the European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Ageing (EIP on AHA) has made over the last year in the EIP’s six action areas. It highlighted ageing-related innovation, both social and technological, as a crucial area for health investment. The conference was opened by European Commissioner for Health Policy, Tonio Borg who stressed the need for health system (...)
29/11/2013

[European Commission report] Personalised Medicine


The European Commission has recently published a Staff Working Document (SWD) exploring the potential of Personalised Medicine, reporting on recent developments in the EU legislation, as well as looking at the factors affecting the uptake of personalised medicine in healthcare systems. Personalised Medicine is now more close to be effective to patients, which means that treatments can be designed taking into account a specific patient group and hence able to tackle the problem with the (...)
18/11/2013

[Press release] The clock is at five-to-twelve for antibiotic resistance


Brussels, 18 November – Today marks the 6th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (1), an initiative to raise awareness on antibiotic resistance (AMR), one of today’s most serious public health threats not only in Europe but worldwide. Over recent decades, growing mobility of the global population has increased the risk and incidence of cross-border diseases, and antimicrobials have been instrumental in preventing and treating such infections. AMR results from the overuse or (...)
18/11/2013