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European Health Forum Gastein - 2012 Edition Highlights Austerity Impacts on Health


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 (...)
20/10/2012

More monitoring of Certification bodies requested by Medical Devices Directive


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, (...)
28/09/2012

Saving Lives and Creating Impact: EU Investment in Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases


‘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 (...)
27/09/2012

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

FEANTSA conference and information day on homelessness and employment


The European Federation of National Organisations working with People who are Homeless (FEANTSA) is organising a European conference and an information day on 18 and 19 October in Zaragoza, Spain. The conference is intended to present the main findings of the European Report on homelessness and employment. But it also stands as an opportunity to meet experts from across Europe, have access to the latest publications on this topic, and visit various employment projects for people who are (...)
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25/09/2012

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