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EPHA’s position on the General Data Protection Regulation highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the existing proposal from the perspective of the health community and lays out the key provisions in protecting patient safety, individual rights and public health.
The European Commission (EC) is currently reviewing its existing legal framework on data protection to ensure that the rules are fit for dealing with increasingly complex and sophisticated developments in technology and (...)
On 25 October, the European Commission unveiled its 2013 work programme. Its overarching goal is to put the EU back on the road to sustainable growth. This will entail economic reforms, skills development, research and innovation, and changes in the single market.
In the field of health, there are several initiatives mentioned for next year:
Review of the Thematic Strategy on air pollution and associated legislation - assess the implementation and achievements of current air pollution (...)
The 15th European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) took place between 3-6 October 2012 in Austria. This year’s conference theme was “Crisis and Opportunity – Health in an Age of Austerity’’, and the various plenary sessions, parallel forums and workshops covered topics ranging from health system sustainability to disease prevention, global health governance and the future of public health, research and innovation.
In a sense, this year’s EHFG felt like a (...)
Ageing and Older People
Health Rights and Patients
Health in all policies
public health programme
In light of the recent PIP breast implant scandal, more monitoring of certification bodies is requested under the new proposed Medical Devices Directive to improve patient safety.
Until now, independent certification bodies, approved by Member States, provided authorisation to medical devices coming into the market.
Some MEPs are calling for a centralised EU authorisation of medical devices, however the Commission will not propose this for the Medical Devices Directive (MDD). Eucomed, (...)
‘Saving Lives and Creating Impact: EU Investment in poverty-related and neglected diseases’ is a new study by the Independent Research Group, Policy Cures, that argues that European funding for poverty related and neglected diseases will have a direct benefit on both developing countries and on Europe. The benefits are excellence in science, jobs, and health security. The study was commissioned by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung, a German foundation.
Poverty-related and (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)