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[EPHA overview] France to introduce new public health law


On 19 June, the French Minister of Health, Marisol Touraine, unveiled the broad measures planned for their new public health law. Measures regarding third-party payers, food labelling and tobacco control are already under consideration. This bill, which has been in the pipeline for more than a year, will be introduced in the Council of Ministers in September and discussed in the Parliament at the beginning of next year. The third-party payer in GP consultation One of the main (...)
18/07/2014

[EPHA Briefing] Self- and Co-Regulation in the field of Public Health in the EU (update)


3 June 2014 - As the second meeting of DG CONNECT’s Community of Practice (CoP) on self- and co-regulation convenes today to discuss its vision and ’identify success factors of self- and co-regulatory actions’, EPHA launches an update of its Briefing on Self- and Co-regulation in the field of Public Health in the EU. The briefing aims to give EPHA members an essential overview of ’alternative regulatory mechanisms’ such as self- and co-regulation, the (...)
03/06/2014

EPHA open letter to Competitiveness Council in support of Governments’ right to protect the health of its citizens


In light of the upcoming meeting of the Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) of 20-21 February, set to discuss "the impact of the EU acquis of hybrid nutrition labelling system recommended in some Member States" (namely, the UK voluntary ’traffic light’ scheme), EPHA sent an open letter to the Council to express its strong support. Subject: 3295th meeting of the Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) – (...)
19/02/2014

NOURISHING: World Cancer Research Fund International’s Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets


The World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF), an EPHA member organisation, has just published NOURISHING - an updated version of its Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets. This publication places policies into three broad and interlinked domains: food environment, food systems and behaviour change communication. To develop an effective response to unhealthy eating, governments should implement policy actions from all of the ten policy areas. These actions can be developed and (...)
04/02/2014

[EU-US trade agreement] Would it benefit Europe’s public health?


In late October, EPHA attended a Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue’s (TACD) event intended to debate the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US and whether and how it is to benefit the consumers on both sides of the Atlantic. The event brought up a number of crucial considerations to be looked into what relate to public health issues. In a nutshell, this seminar stressed that the TTIP is mostly a drive towards de-regulation and a (...)
04/11/2013

[European Medicines Agency] The Black Triangle - medicinal products under additional monitoring


1 October 2013 - The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission have today officially launched the Black Triangle - medicinal products under additional monitoring. In April 2013 the EMA published the first list of medicines which are subject to such monitoring and, from 1 October, their package leaflets will feature the Black Triangle symbol. The Black Triangle symbol was introduced as part of recent pharmacovigilance legislation as a way of clearly demonstrating which (...)
01/10/2013

Evaluation of the implementation of the Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related health issues


Launched in 2007, the Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related health issues provides an integrated framework for action intended to contribute to reducing ill-health due to poor nutrition, overweight and obesity in the EU. In 2012 the Strategy was evaluated by independent external evaluators to produce an Evaluation Report on its’ implementation process and impact between 2007-2011. Level of action The report states that the Strategy contributed to (...)
15/07/2013

[EPHA briefing] The Lithuanian EU presidency Health Priorities


On 1 July Lithuania took over the last full EU Council of Ministers Presidency before the European elections of 2014. The Lithuanian Presidency will focus its efforts in restoring EU’s economy credibility, attaining economic growth and better employment opportunities and reinforcing the EU as a model of openness and security, building on the cooperation with its Trio partners. The Lithuanian Priorities for health Presentation - Health Priorities of the Lithuanian EU Presidency (...)
08/07/2013

New European regulation for food intended for infants, children and special medical purposes will ban idealised pictures and text on baby formulas


The new framework proposes a set of stricter rules to protect specific groups of vulnerable consumers such as infants, young children and people with special medical conditions. It also abolishes the concept of "dietetic food" and will provide one single list of substances that can be added to these three categories of food. In 1977 the first European Union Directive covering foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses was adopted. It has undergone several revisions during the (...)
03/07/2013

Nanomaterials in plastic packaging - are they safe for consumers?


During a roundtable discussion hosted by Holger Krahmer MEP (ALDE, DE) and organised by The Parliament Magazine and Plastics Europe, a study was presented on whether nanomaterials present in food packaging could potentially migrate into the food and presents risks to consumers. Presentations Photos What is nanotechnology? Nanomaterials as defined in a 2011 Commission Recommendation are materials which often have specific properties due to their small particle size. It offers a (...)
27/03/2013