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[Special Summary] EU General Data Protection Regulation and Health Research

On 17 December 2012, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) released its draft report on the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on the processing and free movement of personal data. The proposal and the amendments offered in the draft report have implications for a number of elements of health, inlcuding health research. This article takes a closer look at the potential effects of the new legislation for research (...)

The Lancet to launch Europe series on determinants of population health and effects of health policy

In recent years the Lancet, a world-class medical journal, has drawn attention to important developments in health and health policy taking place in parts of the world that would otherwise risk being overlooked, publishing a series of articles that examine, in depth, what is happening in countries such as China, Mexico, Brazil and Japan. Now, it is coming home. Looking at what is happening on its own doorstep, in the continent of Europe, a series of articles will be undertaken in (...)

The uncertain health impacts of climate change - a new study in the Netherlands

A new study commissioned by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and carried out by the Copernicus Institute at Utrecht University assesses the potential impacts of climate change on human health in the Netherlands. The researchers asked health experts to rate the level of uncertainty attached to different health impacts of climate change. As a result, heat-related deaths and vector-borne diseases were indicated as particularly relevant to climate change adaptation. What was the (...)

European doctors send open letter on the effects of austerity on the health of people

On January 31, doctors from Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Greece sent an open letter to European political leaders and health authorities in which they deplore the effects that financial and economic decisions adopted as a response to the economic crisis are having on the health of the populations of their countries. They call on immediate action to reverse this situation. In each of the countries the letter has been signed by doctors in leading positions including the presidents of (...)

Roundtable on Clinical Trials

Hosted by the European Policy Centre (EPC), this EPC’s Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES) roundtable on the revision of the Clinical Trials legislation provided an opportunity for EPHA to present its Position on the policy dossier and exchange views with stakeholders including representatives of the European Commission, industry and an NGO representing older people. The roundtable was kicked off by Stefano Soro, Head of unit for Medicinal Products – quality, safety (...)

Revised Digital Agenda aims to boost economic growth and innovation

Following a comprehensive policy review, the European Commission published an updated Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) on 18 December, which identifies seven new key areas to stimulate the conditions for creating growth and jobs in Europe. The focus is largely economic and eInclusion is not very pronounced, however it is hoped that in combination with the existing goals they can contribute to bridging the digital divide, especially for vulnerable groups and patients less likely or able to (...)

Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee releases opinion on proposed Data Protection Regulation

The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee released its opinion on the proposed Data Protection Regulation on 23 January 2013. The opinion highlights the proposal’s potential for enhancing the internal market and creating a level playing field for businesses in the EU. The rapporteur - MEP Lara Comi (EPP, Italy) - focused on the definitions within the proposed Regulation, the rights of the data subject, the obligations of data controllers (...)

European Parliament releases draft report on General Data Protection Regulation

The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) published its draft report amending the Commission’s proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation on 17 December 2012. In doing so, Rapporteur Jan Albrecht MEP (Green/EFA, Germany), has stuck to his ambitious goal of having an updated European data protection framework by the end of the current Parliamentary term. The report makes 350 amendments to the original Commission text, covering (...)

Council conclusions on Healthy Ageing across the Lifecycle

The December meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) adopted a set of conclusions on Healthy Ageing. It asks for a rethink of health systems towards more prevention. The Council also calls for a new Alcohol Strategy, to replace the current mandate which endsed in 2012. Europe’s population is rapidly ageing, which is challenging, among others, pillars of welfare , pensions, and healthcare systemss. The 2012 European Year for active ageing (...)

Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union launches its vision for greater use of Pharmacists’ Competences

The Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), an EPHA member, has recently adopted, during its General Assembly, the European Community Pharmacy Blueprint With a view to making better use of the competences of European pharmacists, the PGEU set out its vision on the European Community Pharmacy Blueprint. PGEU tried to compile in one document the European governments’ goals in terms of optimising the use of medicines, achieving better value from pharmacotherapy of patients, (...)