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[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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

[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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

Open letter on trilogue negotiations on EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) Horizon 2020

EPHA, together with 12 other organisations, signed an open letter urging trialogue decision makers to, though the adoption of appropriate licensing conditions, ensure global access to lifesaving medical innovations developed under the [EU Framework Programme for research and Innovation Horizon 2020. >http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizo...] In this letter, the signatory organisations stated that " any publicly funded medical product -be it a drug, vaccine or medical diagnostic- should be (...)

[Joint Press Statement] Access to medicines in Europe: The EU cannot save banks while sacrificing people’s health

Brussels, 17 May – In a seminar hosted yesterday by the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament and the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Alejandro Cercas (S&D, Spain), six MEPs from various political groups (1) along with representatives of governments, leading academics, researches and public health organisations (2) met to raise awareness about one of the most alarming issues that European healthcare systems (...)

[EPHA Briefing] Access to Medicines in Europe in Times of Austerity

When discussing the topic of access to medicines in the context of the economic crisis we have to consider three determinants: affordability and availability, in terms of access to medicines, and innovation in terms of developing new methods of assuring best possible health outcomes. AFFORDABILILTY Usually, health expenditures are mostly covered by public funding and supplemented by private spending. The economic crisis has forced public expending to be cut making patient co-payment (...)

[Seminar report] Can EU Citizens Afford Their Medicines?

This high level meeting revolved around various political processes linked to the economic crisis. Some of the topics discussed include implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, as well as pharmaceutical legislation for ensuring that people living in Europe have access to a wide range of quality and affordable medicines. The meeting hosted by Mr Alejandro Cercas, MEP (Spain,S&D) and by the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D Group) served to assess the impact (...)