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The second Conference of Partners entitled ’Scaling up for healthy growth’ presented the progress that the European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Ageing (EIP on AHA) has made over the last year in the EIP’s six action areas. It highlighted ageing-related innovation, both social and technological, as a crucial area for health investment.
The conference was opened by European Commissioner for Health Policy, Tonio Borg who stressed the need for health system (...)
The third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (HRH) took place in Recife, Brazil on 10-13 November. A number of prominent civil society organisations including EPHA and its member organisation Wemos have signed a Joint Statement, ’’No Progress towards Universal Health without Health Workers’’ as a commitment to improve accountability for tackling the global HRH crisis.
The health workforce crisis remains a core barrier to achieving the Millennium Development (...)
The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) organised a seminar on 24 October that highlighted the important role that local authorities play in putting into action Roma integration measures given they are dealing with real people in dynamic and diverse communities.
As a way to improve the integration of the 10-12 million Roma across Europe, in 2011 the European Commission adopted an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020. This resulted in Member State (...)
The transposition period for the Cross-border Healthcare Directive came to an end on 25 October, however it has been reported that many Member States are not prepared and have not set up vital information and control resources.
An article published on Euractiv on 24 October revealed that some EU countries are falling so far behind that it could take years for them to fully comply with the new EU legislation and create the required control centres and information websites. Such Member (...)
Prior to the European Parliament vote on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices, concerns have been voiced surrounding Amendment 40 and the potential ban of self-testing kits, such as those for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as this would reduce vital additional testing opportunities for people.
In September 2012, the European Commission launched a renewed legislative package for medical devices and In Vitro diagnostic medical devices. The procedure is now approaching (...)
On 9 October, the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of adopting a modernised Professional Qualifications Directive (DIR36), which introduces new rules including more stringent requirements to be met by mobile health professionals in order to safeguard patient safety, and a simplified administrative procedure for swifter mutual recognition of professional qualifications between Member States.
The modernisation of DIR36 was one of twelve key actions identified by (...)
On 22 October, the European Parliament (EP) voted in plenary on one of the most discussed pieces of legislation in recent months, the proposals for Regulations on Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) Medical Devices. The newly-approved rules will bring more transparency during the entire process. Some provisions were rejected, such as the centralised pre-market authorisation system (PMA) and the provision stating that certain devices may only be supplied upon medical prescription. (...)
17 October 2013, Brussels - In the context of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) high-level meeting ‘Health systems for health and wealth in the context of Health 2020: Follow-up to the 2008 Tallinn Charter’ on 17-18 October 2013, EPHA has released a statement in collaboration with Medicus Mundi International and Health Workers 4all urging for continuous investment in quality health services and health workforce to achieve health strengthening.
The original Tallinn (...)
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At the 63rd session of the World Health Organization (WHO) regional committee for Europe in Çesme (Izmir, Turkey) on 16-19 September, generated ten policy lessons for health policy responses in times of global economic crisis. As Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO’s Director for the Regional Office for Europe, explained, Ministers of Health have found out that providing effective social safety nets for people without work can largely mitigate the negative health effects of economic downturns. (...)
The European Parliament’s ENVI Committee vote on the proposals for Regulations on Medical Devices and InVitro Medical Devices has been postponed for the second time. There are rising concerns by health stakeholders regarding the speed of the process, as ongoing delays undermine public trust in the EU’s ability to create legislation that will adequately protect patients.
On Wednesday 18 September, the ENVI committee postponed the vote on the Medical Devices Regulations for the (...)