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[Save the date] Patients’ Needs Driving Innovation in Global Health: March 10th, 2014


EPHA is organising a joint debate about the pivotal role that patients should play in creating innovative, affordable and quality technologies and products for poverty-related and neglected diseases. To register, please RSVP with your full name and contact details at anne.herrmann@dsw-brussels.org by March 6th.
24/02/2014

[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 Partnership for Action Against Cancer] Let’s talk about cancer prevention


The European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC) was launched in 2009, after the European Commission published its Communication on Action Against Cancer: European Partnership. Although this Joint Action will end in 2013, participants are committed to continue the work apart from 2014, under a renewed mandate. What is the EPAAC all about? After circulatory diseases, cancer was the second most common cause of death in 2006, accounting for two out of ten deaths in women and (...)
26/11/2013

[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

[Joint press release] Leaked Commission research documents raise questions about whose interests are being prioritised


1 October, Brussels -Scientists, public health researchers and NGOs have reacted with grave concern in light of leaked copies of the European Commission’s proposed Health Research Programme 2014-2015 (part of Horizon2020) circulating in Brussels. They have raised questions regarding the preparation of this draft, given its failure to address the major personal, social, environmental and occupational risk factors of disease in favour of narrow research parameters focusing on (...)
07/10/2013

Medical Devices: European Parliament’s ENVI Committee vote


On 25 September the European Parliaments’ Committee for the Environment and Public Health (ENVI) approved stricter rules on medical devices in order to protect the patients. 27 September, 2013 - Stricter rules on medical devices such as a new pre-market approval system, more transparency and better traceability were voted on ENVI Committee last 25 September. Clear rules were introduced by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to boost public access to clinical data, create a new (...)
20/09/2013

Vote on Medical Devices once more postponed


The European Parliament’s ENVI Committee vote on the proposals for Regulations on Medical Devices and InVitro Medical Devices has been postponed for the second time. There are rising concerns by health stakeholders regarding the speed of the process, as ongoing delays undermine public trust in the EU’s ability to create legislation that will adequately protect patients. On Wednesday 18 September, the ENVI committee postponed the vote on the Medical Devices Regulations for the (...)
20/09/2013

[Update] General Data Protection Regulation


Originally scheduled to take place in April, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) is now set to vote on the General Data Protection Regulation in October. This article provides a brief update on the events which have hindered the file’s progress and the current state of legislative deliberation. Progress to date Following the publication of the European Commission’s proposals to revise and update the EU’s data (...)
08/08/2013

WHO consultation on climate change and health research priorities (July 19th)


WHO has launched the "Research priority setting exercise: Health and Climate Change Agenda 2015-2025" survey - a unique opportunity to contribute to the debate on climate change and health research priorities: air quality and respiratory disease, cardiovascular diseases and stroke, heat- and weather-related morbidity, mental health, food vector and water borne diseases. The deadline of this survey is July 19th (Friday). Summary of the research Climate change is now widely considered to (...)
02/07/2013

Reindustrialising Europe to promote competitiveness and sustainability - But does it promote health?


Currently, the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament is working on its own initiative report on re-industrialising Europe to promote competitiveness and sustainability. The Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee prepared an opinion drafted by Tadausz Cymanski MEP (EPP, Poland) and amendments to this draft opinion were tabled and will be voted on on 19 June. The question is now whether the ENVI Committee has taken (...)
21/06/2013