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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 (...)
Brussels, 18 November – Today marks the 6th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (1), an initiative to raise awareness on antibiotic resistance (AMR), one of today’s most serious public health threats not only in Europe but worldwide. Over recent decades, growing mobility of the global population has increased the risk and incidence of cross-border diseases, and antimicrobials have been instrumental in preventing and treating such infections.
AMR results from the overuse or (...)
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 25 September the European Parliaments’ Committee for the Environment and Public Health (ENVI) approved stricter rules on medical devices in order to protect the patients.
27 September, 2013 - Stricter rules on medical devices such as a new pre-market approval system, more transparency and better traceability were voted on ENVI Committee last 25 September.
Clear rules were introduced by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to boost public access to clinical data, create a new (...)
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 (...)
Prior to the publication of the European Commission’s Green Paper on mobile Health (mHealth) later this year, EPHA is releasing a briefing paper that highlights some of the principal issues related to the debate.
Mobile health – also known as mHealth – can be understood as the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services and health research. It is a component of the larger discipline of eHealth, which in turn can be defined as the (...)
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One year after the release of its original position paper, EPHA has revised the document following member discussions about the evolving developments at EU level.
The updated EPHA Position on Medical Devices refers in particular to a number of points contained in the European Parliament reports produced by Rapporteurs Dagmar Roth-Behrendt (S&D, Germany) on medical devices and Peter Liese (S&D, Germany) on in vitro diagnostic medical devices and the subsequent debates over the most (...)
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe has added a further book to their series of WHO solid facts. This time the report focuses on the issue of health literacy.
July 11, 2013 -The significance of literacy and health literacy as crucially important determinants of health is being increasingly recognised. People with strong health literacy skills enjoy better health and well-being, whereas those with weaker skills tend to engage in riskier behaviour and have poorer health. Despite this (...)
Published on 29 May 2013 -Antimicrobial resistance is still the cause of 25 000 deaths in the European Union (EU). EPHA, along with 20 other organisations, has written a letter to the EU Commissioner for Health and Consumers to draw attention to the need to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock production.
Even if the 2011 EU Commission’s 12- point action plan showed a great commitment to reduce the level of vancomycin-resistant enterococci, a bacterial strain, in farm animals (...)