Public Health

Medicinal products for human use

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Health workforce

Webinar on the European Community Health Worker Online Survey (ECHOES) (17 November 2017, 10:30 – 11:15) Go to related site

Nutrition and physical activity

Plenary meeting of the European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (Luxembourg, 30 November 2017) Get this document

 

Nutrition and physical activity

Joint meeting of the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (Luxembourg, 30 November 2017) Get this document

 

Nutrition and physical activity

High level group on nutrition and physical activity (Luxembourg, 29 November 2017) Get this document

 

Scientific Committees

SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on fuel marker of 31 October 2017 Get this document

Blood, tissues and organs

Agenda - Ad-Hoc Meeting between Stakeholders and representatives of members of the Competent Authorities on Substances of Human Origin Expert Group (16 November 2017) Get this document

 

Blood, tissues and organs

Agenda - Meeting of the Competent Authorities for Tissues and Cells (15-16 November 2017) Get this document

 

Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Presentation videos of the hearing - Innovative payment models for high-cost innovative medicines (25 October 2017) Go to related site

Antimicrobial Resistance

G7 Milan Health Ministers’ Communiqué: “United towards Global Health: common strategies for common challenges” Get this document

Scientific Committees

SCCS - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products of 12 October 2017 Get this document

 

Scientific Committees

SCCS - Request for an Addendum to the scientific Opinion on the safety of Zinc Pyrithione Get this document

Blood, tissues and organs

Minutes of the meeting of the Competent Authorities for Tissues and Cells Get this document

 

Blood, tissues and organs

Meeting between Stakeholders and representatives members of the Competent Authorities on Substances of Human Origin Expert Group Get this document

 

International activities

EU-US FDA mutual recognition of inspections of medicines manufacturers enters operational phase Go to related site

1st November 2017 marks the beginning of mutual recognition of inspections of manufacturing sites for human medicines between the US and eight Member States of the European Union (Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom).

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed the capability assessments of drug manufacturing regulatory authorities in these eight EU Member States, recognising them as capable to carry out good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections. The remaining Member States will be assessed by the FDA on a rolling basis, to be completed by 15 July 2019.

Read more: EU-US FDA mutual recognition of inspections of medicines manufacturers enters operational phase

Scientific Committees

SCHEER publishes two pieces of Scientific Advice on breast implants

The Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) has published a Scientific Advice on (1) new scientific information on the safety of PIP breast implants and (2) another on the possible association between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL).

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Mental health

Report of the Conference - Second EU Mental Health Compass Forum (8-9 June 2017) Get this document

 

Today, the European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) published two pieces of Scientific Advice related to breast implants and health, requested by the European Commission. These are on 1) new scientific information on the safety of PIP breast implants; and 2) scientific information of the possible association between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL).

Read more: SCHEER: Scientific Advice on breast implants and health published today

Major and chronic diseases

3rd Steering Group on Promotion and Prevention: Discussion on best practices

Today in Brussels, the Steering Group on Promotion and Prevention meets for the third time to discuss best practices to support national policies on non-communicable diseases.

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Major and chronic diseases

Flash report - Steering group on Promotion and Prevention (26 October 2017) Get this document

 

Medicinal products for human use

State of Paediatric Medicines in the EU

Today, the Commission presented a report Parliament and the Council, on progress made in children's medicines since the Paediatric Regulation came into force 10 years ago.

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Tobacco

Updated list of approved laboratories [Article 4(2) of the TPD] Get this document

 

Communicable diseases, Sexually transmitted diseases

Draft report - HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and tuberculosis think tank meeting (21-22 June 2017) Get this document

Today in Brussels, the Steering Group on Promotion and Prevention[1] meets for the third time to discuss best practices to support national policies on non-communicable diseases. Several EU countries will present their experiences and their priority areas. Participants will also give their views on a proposed mechanism to assess best practices. See other key topics in the agenda below.

Read more: 3rd Steering Group on Promotion and Prevention: Discussion on best practices

Scientific Committees

Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on the safety of PIP silicone breast implants of 10 October 2017 Get this document

 

Crisis preparedness and response

Flash report - Audio conference of the Health Security Committee (HSC) (13 October 2017) Get this document

 

European Reference Networks

Minutes - Board of Member States on ERNs – 10th meeting (20 June 2017 ) Get this document

 

Tobacco

Minutes of the first meeting and Rules of Procedures published - Independent Advisory Panel on characterising flavours in tobacco products Go to related site

Medicinal products for human use

Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs): DG SANTE and EMA launch new action plan

Today the Commission services and the European Medical Agency (EMA) have launched a joint action plan to foster the development of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), with the aim of streamlining the procedures and better addressing the specific requirements of ATMPs developers. Go to related site

 

Scientific Committees

Aluminium in Toys – Final scientific opinion published today

The Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and merging Risks (SCHEER) - Commission's independent scientific committee - published its final Opinion on tolerable intake of aluminium in order to determine the acceptable levels of aluminium counts in toys.

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Scientific Committees

SCHEER - Minutes of the 7th Plenary meeting, Luxembourg, 28 September 2017 Get this document

 

Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Draft opinion on Innovative payment models for high-cost innovative medicines Go to related site

 

Alcohol

Minutes - 20th meeting of the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (21-22 March 2017) Go to related site

Today the Commission services and the European Medical Agency (EMA) have launched a joint action plan to foster the development of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), with the aim of streamlining the procedures and better addressing the specific requirements of ATMPs developers.

The Commission services and EMA, in collaboration with the Member States, are working on initiatives to support the development and authorisation of high quality, safe and effective ATMPs.

Read more: Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs): DG SANTE and EMA launch new action plan

Mental health

3rd Good Practice collection: EU-Compass is inviting stakeholders to submit practices or programmes for good practice evaluation. Deadline for submissions 15 November 2017 Go to related site

eHealth

'Health in the digital society' conference, Tallinn, 17 October 2017

Message from Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.

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Scientific Committees

SCCS - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Methodologies of 27 September 2017 Get this document

 

Major and chronic diseases

Outcomes and video - Cluster meeting on non-communicable diseases (Odense (Denmark), 11 October 2017) Go to related site

 

Health programme

Updated list of national focal points of the Member States and participating countries - Third Programme of the Union's action in the field of health (2014-2020) Get this document

Message from Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety 

EU citizens clearly care about the innovation and digitisation of health care. We all see the potential of digital solutions in the prevention and management of chronic diseases and in keeping a healthy lifestyle. That is why the Commission is committed to overcoming the current barriers to the free movement of patients and data. If we want to safeguard the wellbeing of our citizens and support the modernisation of national health systems, we need to pool evidence and trigger research and investment in digital health, and help people manage their own health.

Read more: 'Health in the digital society' conference, Tallinn, 17 October 2017

Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Database of experts in the field of health – 2017: Application for inclusion in the database to support the expert panel on effective ways of investing in health Go to related site

 

Vaccination

Citizens' Dialogue in Bucharest with Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis (Bucharest, Romania, 19 October 2017) Go to related site

 

Scientific Committees

SCCS - Draft Agenda of the 5th plenary meeting, Luxembourg, 24-25 October 2017 Get this document

 

Scientific Committees

ICCG - Draft Agenda of the meeting of 23 October 2017 Get this document

 

Health indicators

Indicators on hospital beds updated with 2015 data (ECHI 62) Go to related site

 

Communicable diseases, Sexually transmitted diseases

HIV and Hepatitis C epidemics progression in the EU: 3rd Partnership Forum organised by the joint action HA-REACT (26-27 October 2017) Go to related site

Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Programme of the Hearing - Innovative payment models for high-cost innovative medicines (25 Octobre 2017) Go to related site

 

Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Webstreaming of the Hearing - Innovative payment models for high-cost innovative medicines (25 Octobre 2017 - from 10 AM) Go to related site

 

Cross-border healthcare

Agenda - Cross-border Healthcare Expert Group (Brussels, 19 October 2017) Go to related site

 

Social determinants and health inequalities

Case study inventory - "Vulnerable" explores most effective strategies from across Europe to improve the health of vulnerable and isolated groups Go to related site

Health programme

Third Health Programme (2014-2020): Mid-term review shows major progress in improving cooperation in health and healthcare

The mid-term evaluation of the first three years of the implementation of the third Health Programme 2014-2020 reveals that the European Commission has made major progress towards reaching the programme's objectives.

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Mental health

World Mental Health Day: New brochure on best practices in mental health launched today!

The EU-financed Compass Consortium launched a new brochure on Good Practices for Mental health at work, in schools, and prevention of depression and suicide. The brochure gathers best practices from across the EU for the benefit of organisations and institutions seeking to improve the care that they provide in mental health and well-being – be they schools, workplaces, community centres, counselling services or medical service providers.

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Health indicators

Indicators on physical and sensory functional limitations updated with 2014 Eurostat data (ECHI 36) Go to related site

 

Blood, tissues and organs

Minutes of the meeting of the SOHO vigilance expert sub-group Get this document

 

Scientific Committees

SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on WoE and uncertainties of 12 September 2017 Get this document

 

Scientific Committees

SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on onshore hydrocarbon exploration and production in the EU of 7 September 2017 Get this document

 

Scientific Committees

SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Aluminium in toys of 27 September 2017 Get this document

Today, on World Mental Health Day, the EU-financed Compass Consortium[1] launched a new brochure on Good Practices for Mental health at work, in schools, and prevention of depression and suicide.  The brochure gathers best practices from across the EU for the benefit of organisations seeking to improve the care that they provide in mental health and well-being – be they schools, workplaces, community centres, counselling services or medical practices.

Read more: World Mental Health Day: New brochure on best practices in mental health launched today!

Scientific Committees

SCCS - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Cosmetic Ingredients of 26 September 2017 Get this document

 

Scientific Committees

SCHEER - Request for guidelines on the benefit-risk assessment of the presence of phthalates in certain medical devices covering phthalates which are carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to reproduction (CMR) or have endocrine-disrupting properties Get this document

 

Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Presentation videos of the hearing - Tools and methodologies for assessing the performance of primary care (03 October 2017) Go to related site

Vaccination, EU Health Award

Vaccination: Commissioner Andriukaitis announces shortlist for the EU Health Award for NGOs

Today, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis announced the 10 initiatives that have made it on the shortlist for the EU Health Award for NGOs 2017, which aims to reward Non-Governmental Organisations that have contributed to a higher level of public health in the EU through promoting vaccination.

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Health in all policies

Speech by Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis at the European Health Forum Gastein: Global perspectives on Health in all Politics Go to related site

Today, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis announced the 10 initiatives that have made it on the shortlist for the EU Health Award for NGOs 2017, which aims to reward Non-Governmental Organisations that have contributed to a higher level of public health in the EU through promoting vaccination.

Speaking at the closing press conference at the European Health Forum Gastein 2017, Commissioner Andriukaitis said "Vaccines are one of the safest and most cost-effective ways to ensure public health and avoid preventable disease. It is therefore my honour to announce the shortlist of 10 outstanding initiatives by NGOs which have significantly contributed to higher levels of vaccination in the EU population. I will give the award for the three top prizes during the EU Health Policy Platform Meeting on 27 November 2017, but from my point of view, all 10 NGOs are winners."

Read more: Vaccination: Commissioner Andriukaitis announces shortlist for the EU Health Award for NGOs

Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

25 October 2017: EXPH Hearing to discuss “Innovative Payment Models for High-cost Innovative Medicines” - Registration now open!

Registration is open until 13 October 2017 for the third hearing on effective ways of investing in health, organised by the European Commission's Expert Panel on Health. The event will take place in the Residence Palace, Brussels on 25 October 2017.

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Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Minutes - 4th Working Group meeting on Tools and methodologies for assessing the performance of primary care (15 June 2017) Get this document

 

eHealth

JAseHN achieving further progress in the field of eHealth Go to related site