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Horizon 2020: will broader innovation improve health and wellbeing?


€31.7 billion will be allocated to tackling the major issues affecting the lives of European citizens and €8.5 billion euros are earmarked to health.

16/12/2011

EPHA explainer - EU funds to support NGOs


There are many ways in which the EU supports Non Governmental Organisations to operate in Europe. This article details what they are, who is elligible and how organisations can apply.

22/11/2011

European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2011


On 17 November 2011 the European Commission will launch its Strategy on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) to coincide with this year’s European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD). Antimicrobiral resistance represents a growing public health concern and the 2011 EAAD will be focused on one way of adressing the issue - national initiatives to promote the prudent use of antibiotics. An event is being held to mark the EEAD and the launch of the Commission’s Strategy on Antimicrobial (...)
15/11/2011

Alcohol, work and productivity: new report


Reducing the negative impact of alcohol on the workplace is one of five priorities picked out in the EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm and the Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF) has been tasked to produce a scientific opinion on ’Alcohol, work and productivity". Reducing the negative impact of alcohol on the workplace is one of five priorities picked out in the EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol (...)
Also about: alcohol , youth , workplace
10/11/2011

“Horizon 2020: Investing in the common good” Treating knowledge as a public good in EU research and innovation


Health Action International, an EPHA member and the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, an EPHA partner are co-organising an event on the future Horizons 2020 research programme. MEP Luigi Berlinguer (S&D IT) & MEP Philippe Lamberts (Greens/EFA BE) are hosting: “Horizon 2020: Investing in the common good” Treating knowledge as a public good in EU research and innovation Horizon (...)
10/11/2011

New EU Communication on ’Partnerships’ in Research: towards increasing public private partnerships?


The European Commission recently published a new Communication entitled ’Partnering in research and innovation’, which aims to highlights the importance of partnering in European Research and Innovation. The Commission intends to encourage public and private actors to collaborate at European level to apply research and innovation solutions to major challenges facing society has been issued by the European Commission. The Commission Communication Partnering in research and (...)
Also about: EU budget
10/11/2011

EMA Patients’ and Consumers’ Working Party Meeting September 2011


On Tuesday 13 September the European Medicines Agency convened a meeting of its Human Scientific Committees’ Working Party with Patients’ and Consumers’ Organisations (PCWP). The meeting addressed a number of different issues on the European Medicines’ Agency agenda which affect patients’ and consumers’ organisations. The meeting covered 3 areas of the agencies work: 1. Pharmacovigilance legislation A presentation was given on how patient reporting can (...)
28/09/2011

Research organisations launch joint statement on clinical trials


EPHA members Cancer Research UK and European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) have joined together with other non-commercial and commercial organisations to produce a joint statement on the revision of the EU Clinical Trials Directive. The 16 signing organisations, which include many pan-European organisations, have urged the European Commission to overhaul the Clinical Trials Directive 2001/20/EC to remove some of the administrative burden of setting up and conducting research. They argue that (...)
14/09/2011

Pressure mounts for a new form of medical innovation to improve access to medicines


A second meeting has been hosted in the European Parliament by Carl Schlyter (Greens-EFA, Sweden) on the subject of improving access to medicines though Medical Innovation Prizesand civil society is uniting to put pressure on the European Institutions to support a model of medical innovation which meets public health need. The meeting was co-organised by EPHA member Health Action International (HAI) an independent, global network working to increase access to essential medicines and (...)
19/07/2011

EPHA Briefing for members on Polish Presidency’s priorities


On July 1, 2011 Poland will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The secretariat has prepared a briefing for members with the main contact details and the list of events of the Polish presidency, as well as information on their main priorities. In its political programme, the Polish Presidency outlined several priorities for health, such as strengthening the role of public health and “closing the gap in the health” by focussing on the prevention, early (...)
15/07/2011