Public Health

Non-communicable diseases ; Nutrition and physical activity ; Alcohol

Launch of the EU Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Knowledge Gateway

The European Commission has recently launched the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Knowledge Gateway to support the implementation of health policies across the EU. The web portal provides reliable, independent and up-to date information on topics related to the promotion of health and the prevention of non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or cancer.

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eHealth

Minutes - 7th Meeting of the eHealth DSI Member State Expert Group (eHMSEG) (15 June 2017)

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eHealth

Minutes - 8th Meeting of the eHealth DSI Member State Expert Group (eHMSEG) (18 October 2017)

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Communicable diseases

Public call for expression of interest - Advisory Forum of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Deadline for submission of applications: 16 February 2018

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Scientific Committees

SCHEER - Draft Agenda of the 8th Plenary meeting, Luxembourg, 22 January 2018

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Blood, tissues and organs

Summary minutes - Thirteenth Meeting of the Competent Authorities on Organ Donation and Transplantation (05-06 April 2017)

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Cross-border healthcare

Presentations - Cross-border Healthcare Expert Group (NCPs sub-group) (5 May 2017)

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Cross-border healthcare

Minutes - Cross-border Healthcare Expert Group (19 October 2017)

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EU Health Policies ; Investing in health

Public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market, including funds in the area of health. Deadline for contribution: 8 March 2018

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European Reference Networks

Minutes - 11th meeting of the Board of Member States on ERNs (10 October 2017)

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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)

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Interest groups

Video recording, presentations and photos - EU Health Policy Platform Meeting (27 November 2017)

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Scientific Committees

SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Rapid Risk Assessment of 5 December 2017

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Scientific Committees

SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on fuel marker of 15 December 2017

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Health indicators

Indicators on social support implemented with 2014 Eurostat data (ECHI 54)

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Scientific Committees

SCCS - Preliminary Opinion open for comments on the safety of Butylphenyl methylpropional (p- BMHCA) in cosmetic products - deadline for comments: 19 February 2018

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Scientific Committees

SCCS - Preliminary Opinion open for comments on the safety of cosmetic ingredients HEMA and Di-HEMA Trimethylhexyl Dicarbamate - deadline for comments: 26 February 2018

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Scientific Committees

SCCS - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Methodologies of 14 December 2017

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Scientific Committees

SCCS - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Cosmetic Ingredients of 13 December 2017

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Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Summary report of the Hearing - Innovative payment models for high-cost innovative medicines

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Social determinants and health inequalities

Project Brochure - GenCAD: Gender-specific mechanisms in coronary artery disease in Europe

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Vaccination

Increasing vaccination: consulting the public on possible EU actions

The Commission launches a public consultation on possible activities to be included in a proposal for stronger EU cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases, which will be adopted in 2018. Interested individuals and organisations are invited to have their say by 15 March 2018.

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Scientific Committees

SCCS - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products of 12 December 2017

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Today, the Commission launches a public consultation on possible activities to be included in a proposal for stronger EU cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases, which will be adopted in 2018. Interested individuals and organisations can now help shape this important initiative by completing the questionnaire structured under three pillars: tackling vaccine hesitancy; sustainable vaccine policies in the EU; and EU coordination, including the promotion of stakeholder dialogue, and contribution to global health.

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Blood, tissues and organs

EU Action Plan helped spur a 17% increase in organ transplants between 2008 and 2015

A report published today shows a sharp increase in organ donation and transplantation in the EU during the course of the 2009-2015 Action Plan. Between 2008 and 2015, the number of organ donors increased from 12 000 to nearly 15 000 (a 21% increase).

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Blood, tissues and organs

Updated infographic on organs, blood, tissues and cells in the EU

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Communicable diseases / Sexually transmitted diseases

Luxembourg hosts EU HIV/AIDS, viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Civil Society Forum and the Think Tank meeting (18 - 20 December 2017)

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A report published today shows a sharp increase in organ donation and transplantation in the EU during the course of the 2009-2015 Action Plan. Between 2008 and 2015, the number of organ donors increased from 12 000 to nearly 15 000 (a 21% increase). This surge in donation rates led to 4 600 additional transplant operations - from 28 100 in 2008 to 32 700 in 2015 (a 17% increase). Kidney transplants account for 60% of the increase, livers for 24% and hearts for 11%.

Read more: EU Action Plan helped spur a 17% increase in organ transplants between 2008 and 2015

Tobacco

Rules for tobacco tracking & tracing system adopted today

These rules clarify the measures that EU countries and economic operators need to enact to put in place the EU-wide tracking and tracing system for tobacco products foreseen under the Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU), which aims to fight illicit tobacco trade (articles 15 and 16).

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Tobacco

Combatting illicit trade in tobacco products: Statement by Commissioner Andriukaitis on the EU's adoption of an EU-wide track and trace system

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Tobacco

Q&A on the EU-wide track and trace system for tobacco products

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Medicinal products for human use

Pharma investigations: Commission closes infringement procedure against Roche without penalty

Today, the Commission sent an explanatory statement to Roche informing them about the closure of the infringement procedure taken against them for failure to meet certain obligations related to their marketing authorisations.

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Today, 15 December 2017, the Commission sent an explanatory statement to Roche Registration Ltd and its parent company Roche Holding AG, informing them about the closure of the infringement procedure//info%40cybermed%This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:143/fetch%3EUID%3E.INBOX%3E9338#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1">[1] taken against them for failure to meet certain obligations related to their marketing authorisations. This is the first case initiated under the Penalty Regulation, whereby the Commission may impose financial penalties on marketing authorisation holders if deemed necessary. However, in this case, after considering all the available evidence and being satisfied with the company's remedial actions, the Commission decided not to notify a statement of objections to Roche Registration Ltd and Roche Holding AG and to close the case.

Read more: Pharma investigations: Commission closes infringement procedure against Roche without penalty

Health indicators

Conclusions and presentations - Expert Group on Health Information (6 December 2017)

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Health programme

EU Health Programme 2014-2020: Adoption of the Work Programme for 2018

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Health programme

Documents - Adoption of the work plan 2018

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Blood, tissues and organs

Notice to organisations subject to the Union legislation on substances of human origin (blood, tissues and cells, and organs) concerning the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union

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Tobacco

Tobacco control: Joint Action Kick-off meeting, Athens, 12-13 December 2017 Go to related site

 

Medicinal products for human use

On 11 December 2017 the Commission published a Roadmap for the Evaluation of the legislation on medicines for children and rare diseases for a 4-week public consultation Go to related site

 

Scientific Committees

SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group meeting on Guidance on the benefit-risk assessment of the presence of phthalates in certain medical devices of 26 October 2017 Get this document

 

Blood, tissues and organs

Summary of the 2016 annual reporting of serious adverse reactions and events for tissues and cells Get this document

 

Blood, tissues and organs

Summary of the 2016 annual reporting of serious adverse reactions and events for blood and blood components Get this document

The kick-off meeting of the Joint Action on Tobacco Control (JATC) takes place today and tomorrow (12-13 December) in Athens, Greece, in the presence of President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos and Greek Minister of Health, Mr Andreas Xanthos. The Commission will be represented by the EU Representation in Athens and officials from the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety.

Read more: Tobacco control: Joint Action Kick-off meeting, Athens, 12-13 December 2017

Major and chronic diseases

Presentations - Third meeting of the Steering group on Promotion and Prevention (26 October 2017) Go to related site

Interest groups

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Interest groups

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Blood, tissues and organs

Summary of the Blood, Tissues and Cells Stakeholder Event (20 September 2017) Get this document

 

Health programme

Twelve NGOs receive Operating Grants from the EU Health Programme Get this document

Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Summary report of the Hearing - Tools and methodologies for assessing the performance of primary care (3 October 2017) Get this document

 

Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Minutes - 5th Plenary meeting of the Expert Panel (2016-2019) Get this document

 

Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Summary report of the Hearing - Benchmarking access to healthcare in the EU (11 October 2017) Get this document

 

Crisis preparedness and response

Flash report - Plenary Meeting of the Health Security Committee (Luxembourg, 9 November 2017) Get this document

 

Medicinal products for human use

Updated Commission and EMA Questions and Answers related to the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union with regard to the medicinal products within the framework of the Centralised Procedure. Get this document

 

Nutrition and physical activity

Presentations - High level group on nutrition and physical activity (29 November 2017) Go to related site

 

Nutrition and physical activity

Presentations - Joint meeting of the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (30 November 2017) Go to related site

 

Nutrition and physical activity

Presentations - Plenary meeting of the European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (30 November 2017) Go to related site

Communicable diseases / Sexually transmitted diseases

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Moments ago, at the EU Health Policy Platform annual meeting in Brussels, Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, awarded the EU Health Award for Health Award for NGOs promoting vaccination – a prize which aims to reward outstanding initiatives by NGOs which have helped achieve higher levels of public health for Europeans through vaccination.

Presenting the award at the annual EU Health Policy Platform, Commissioner Andriukaitis said: "Immunising people against diseases caused by viruses or bacteria is one of the most cost-effective public health measures available today. Yet, worryingly, misconceptions and scepticism about the need to vaccinate is growing. The public-facing role of Non-Governmental Organisations is crucial in the effort to ensure high vaccination coverage. The NGOs awarded today should be proud of their contribution to better public health through vaccination. This award is designed not only to reward their past success but also to encourage the pursuit of their work."

Read more: Vaccination in the spotlight: Health Commissioner awards 3 NGOs for outstanding initiatives

EU Health Award/EU Health Policy Platform

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Scientific Committees

SCHEER - Request for a scientific Opinion on emerging environmental issues within the field of "New technologies in the Urban environment" Get this document

 

Scientific Committees

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

The EU Health Policy Platform meeting takes place in Brussels on Monday 27 November and will be live streamed. The meeting features the ceremony for the EU Health Award 2017 for NGOs promoting vaccination by Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (@13:30). The Commissioner will congratulate all shortlisted candidates, announced at the European Health Forum Gastein on 6 October and hand over the Prizes to the final three winners.

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State of Health in the EU

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State of Health in the EU

Country Health Profiles - Country-specific reports provide an in-depth analysis of EU Member States' health systems Go to related site

 

State of Health in the EU

Companion Report - Cross-cutting conclusions from the 28 Country Health Profiles Go to related site

 

State of Health in the EU

Factsheet - 5 ways to make healthcare effective, accessible and resilient Get this document

 

State of Health in the EU

Video - State of health in the EU 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

Today, the European Commission has adopted the Guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) specific to Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP), one of the initiatives of the Action Plan for ATMPs.

The new Guidelines, developed after extensive consultation with stakeholders, EMA and competent national authorities, adapt the GMP requirements to the specific characteristics of ATMPs and address novel scenarios such as decentralised manufacturing, automated production, and reconstitution of ATMPs.  The Guidelines take a risk-based approach, allowing manufacturers some flexibility in their processes and control systems, depending on the level of risk. In addition, the Guidelines describe the traceability data that ATMP manufacturers should keep for 30 years in accordance with Article 15 of ATMP Regulation (EC/1394/2007).

Read more: Good Manufacturing Practices for Advanced Therapies: Commission adopts new Guidelines

Medicinal products for human use

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Medicinal products for human use

Version 8 of the "Questions and Answers" document regarding the implementation of the rules on the safety features for medicinal products for human use Go to related site

 

Scientific Committees

SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Weight of Evidence and uncertainties of 9 November 2017 Get this document