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EU Trade Agreement could increase the price of medicines in Moldova


On September 25, the EU Civil Society Forum (CSF) sent a letter to the European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht. The letter referred to the access to affordable medicines and negotiations for a European Union (EU) Free Trade Agreement with Moldova. The EU is in the process of negotiating a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with the eastern European state of the Republic of Moldova. Allegedly, it contains a provision that could endanger the health of people living with (...)
26/09/2012

New regulations proposed by the European Commission on Medical Devices


The European Commission has just proposed two fresh regulations which seem to be fit for purpose, more transparent and better adapted to scientific and technological progress. The new rules aim to ensure that patients, consumers and healthcare professionals can reap the benefits of safe, effective and innovative medical devices. According to the European Commission, the main aim of the revised proposal is ’safer, more effective and innovative medical devices.’ What does the (...)
26/09/2012

Consultation on public-private partnership in life scieces research and innovation


EPHA Secretariat has drafted a response to the DG Research and Innovation Consultation on plans fora public-private partnership in life sciences research and innovation under Horizon 2020. The secretariat asks members to input into the EPHA response before 28 September. EPHA Secretariat has drafted a response to the DG Research and Innovation Consultation on plans fora public-private partnership in life sciences research and innovation under Horizon 2020. We are now looking for (...)
04/09/2012

Unveiling the Health priorities of the Cyprus EU presidency


Cyprus took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of Ministers on 1 July 2012. During its Presidency, Cyprus aims to promote the concept of working “Towards a Better Europe” by making the EU more relevant to Europe’s citizens and to the world. The two main priorities of the Presidency are; 1) the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework, and 2) the EU response to the crisis. The Cyprus presidency commits itself to a European Union working on the (...)
30/08/2012

EPHA briefing on the Cyprus EU presidency Health priorities


Cyprus took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of Ministers on 1 July 2012. During its Presidency, Cyprus aims to promote the concept of working “Towards a Better Europe” by making the EU more relevant to Europe’s citizens and to the world. The two main priorities of the Presidency are; 1) the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework, and 2) the EU response to the crisis. The Cyprus presidency commits itself to a European Union working on the principles (...)
29/08/2012

Commissioners Quinn and Kroes team up to create a more inclusive European Research Area


On 17 July, the European Commission adopted two important policy papers: one on the European Research Area, and the other on open access to scientific information. These two papers are a bold move to increase confidence in the cost effectiveness of public funding for research. The European Research Area Communication concentrates on five priority areas: More effective research systems – ensuring that funding is allocated on a competitive basis to the best and most productive (...)
27/08/2012

EPHA Briefing on Medical Devices Directive


In advance of the European Commission’s legislative proposal on the recast of the Medical Devices Directive to be released in September, EPHA releases a Briefing on Medical Devices that summarises some of the issues that will be under discussion in the upcoming reform process. As the recent PIP breast implant scandal brought to light, there has been a dramatic increase in faulty medical devices over the last decade that were able to enter the market due to serious loopholes in the (...)
24/08/2012

The Global Healthcare Summit 2012: November 29 -30, London


What are the universal issues uniting healthcare professionals and policy-makers globally? How are people and organisations coming together and creating innovative solutions to major healthcare challenges? How will different healthcare players benefit from this? These and many other questions will be debated at the inaugural Global Healthcare Summit taking place on November 29th and 30th 2012 in London. Global Healthcare Summit that is taking place on November 29th and 30th 2012 in London (...)
21/08/2012

Clinical Trials: European Commission revamps the EU rules


The European Commission has published its draft proposal to revise the Clinical Trial Directive. According to the European Commission, the main aim of the revised proposal is to simplify the rules for conducting clinical trials in Europe, while maintaining the highest standards of patient safety. Once adopted, the proposed Regulation will replace the 2001 ’Clinical Trials Directive’. The objective is to ensure that Clinical Trials rules are identical throughout the EU. The (...)
18/07/2012