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New campaign to protect the rights of cancer patients and survivors at work

In partnership with EPHA and the European Trade Union Confederation, the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), an EPHA member, launched a campaign to protect the rights of cancer patients at work and to ensure equal access to financial services for cancer patients. During its 2011 Continuing cancer care conference, ECL launched the 2011 Declaration of Support for Cancer Patients to protect the rights of cancer patients at work and to ensure equal access to financial services for (...)

EU disaster response: the ENVI committee responds

The European Parliament’s ENVI Committee has adopted a draft report, ’’Towards a stronger European disaster response: the role of civil protection and humanitarian assistance’’. The goal is to reinforce disaster response capacity and to create synergies between existing mechanisms in order to avoid duplication of work and operate more cost-effectively. The draft report by rapporteur Elisabetta Gardini (EPP, Italy) welcomes the homonymous Communication from the (...)

Health and safety at work: More work to be done on work related stress says the Commission

The European Commission published a report to assess the implementation of Social Partners’ agreement on work-related stress, that was concluded in 2004. The Commission report on work related stress assesses how the agreement was implemented, its impact and it reviews the level of protection of employees from work related stress. It mainly concludes that although there is consensus that this is a serious issue, the protection is still uneven and further progress needs to be made on (...)

European Child Safety Alliance - Tap Water Temperature Announcement

The European Child Safety Alliance has released a position statement and backgrounder on the danger of tap water scalds. The statement is supported by several European and international organisations and national partners from more than 20 countries. Scald due to overly hot tap water are a cause of severe injury in very young children and a source of tremendous pain, requiring multiple hospitalisations and lengthy treatment resulting in permanent disability or disfigurement and even death. (...)

The great success of the "Operation Sirocco"

Operation Sirocco, an anti-fraud operation, was jointly organised by the EU and countries from the Union for the Mediterranean in June 2010. A considerable quantity of counterfeit products has been seized during the successful operation. The anti-fraud operation, "Operation Sirocco" was jointly conducted in June 2010 by the European Union and 11 countries from the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) under the coordination of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The objective was to (...)

European Commission supports "responsible innovation" of nanotechnology for public health

The European Commission has outlined its current progress and future plans for nanotechnology development in the European Union, highlighting the potential benefits for both public health and innovation, during a meeting in the European Parliament organised by Cristian Busoi MEP (ALDE - Romania) and Jurgen Creutzmann MEP (ALDE - Germany) At a seminar organised by ALDE MEPs Christian Busoi (Romania) and Jurgen Creutzmann (Germany), the Director General of the Commission’s department (...)

Council of the European Union adopts rules to prevent injuries to healthcare workers

On 11 May, Ministers of the 27 EU Member States adopted a directive designed to protect healthcare professionals from sharp injuries in the workplace. The Directive provides for "an integrated approach to assessing and preventing risks", as well as education for and training to inform workers of the risks. The new directive, adopted at the meeting of the EU Council of Education, Youth and Culture, gives legal effect to a framework agreement concluded by healthcare and hospital sector (...)

MEPs vote to support action on organ donation in the EU

MEPs have voted in favour of the report by Miroslav Mikolasik MEP (Slovakia, EPP), establishing quality and safety standards for transplantation of human organs in the EU. In December 2008, the European Commission adopted two mechanisms to address these issues: an Action Plan enhancing coordination and cooperation between Member States, and a Directive containing the basic safety and quality procedures for transplantation. The report of Mr Miroslav Mikolasik on the Directive was adopted (...)

"Preventing Injuries in Europe - From international collaboration to local implementation"

On 10 March 2010, the World Health Organisation issued the report, "Preventing Injuries in Europe", the fruit of a three year collaboration with the European Commission. EPHA participated in the launch event that took place in the European Parliament. The Report was presented in the European Parliament on 17 March 2010. Mr Miroslav Mikolasik, EPP MEP and Ms Frieda Brepoels, Greens/EFA MEP, co-chaired the event at which Dr Negret Emiroglu, Director of the Health Programmes Division of the (...)

Patient Safety - European action or national responsibility?

On 15 December 2008, the European Commission (DG Sanco) released a Communication and a proposal for a Council Recommendation that aims to address issues around patient safety, ranging from prevention of injury and adverse incidents to the control and prevention of healthcare associated infections. Sartori Amalia (EPP-ED) of the ENVI committee will be the rapporteur for the Parliament’s opinion on the Council Recommendation on Patient Safety. Patient safety has received an increasing (...)

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