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Public Health Policy in the EU

Latest news on the public health policy of the European Union.

EU agrees better protection for workers from cancer-causing substances 15 June 2017, 22:37 CET
EU Member States reached a general agreement Thursday to guarantee the protection at the workplace of more than 4 million workers from exposure to cancer-causing chemical substances.

Top EU Court upholds ban on sugar health claims 08 June 2017, 15:39 CET
The EU's top Court upheld a Commission ban on health claims relating to glucose Thursday, saying these encouraged sugar consumption against generally accepted principles of nutrition and health.

Legal highs factsheet 07 June 2017, 22:57 CET
What are legal highs, why are they a threat, and what should be done to tackle them - questions & answers

Synthetic opioids a growing health threat: EU report 07 June 2017, 18:38 CET
Highly potent synthetic opioids pose a growing health threat, according to an EU report Tuesday which highlights rising overdose deaths and continued availability of new psychoactive substances.

EU probes Aspen price hikes for cancer drugs 17 May 2017, 17:38 CET
The European Commission opened Monday a formal investigation into concerns that Aspen Pharma has engaged in excessive pricing concerning five life-saving cancer medicines.

MEPs vote in safer, more traceable medical devices 06 April 2017, 18:44 CET
The European Parliament gave its backing Wednesday to stricter rules on medical devices, to ensure that devices such as breast or hip implants are traceable and comply with EU patient safety requirements.

New EU rules to ensure safety of medical devices 05 April 2017, 19:00 CET
Ranging from simple contact lenses and sticking plasters to sophisticated pacemakers and hip replacements, medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices are important to our health and quality of life. People rely on these devices every day and expect them to be safe and incorporate the latest progress in science and innovation. The current rules on the safety and performance of medical devices in the EU were harmonised in the 1990s. To reflect the substantial technological and scientific progress in this sector over the last 20 years, the European Commission proposed to update the rules to improve the safety of medical devices for EU citizens, create the conditions to modernise the sector and to consolidate its role as a global leader.

GM bans lawful only if clear health risk: EU Court adviser 30 March 2017, 23:18 CET
EU states are justified in banning genetically modified food and feed only if they can establish a clear, urgent and serious risk to health and the environment, the top EU Court's adviser said on Thursday.

Brussels acts against drug use and trafficking 16 March 2017, 00:02 CET
The EU Commission proposed Wednesday a new action plan on drugs to strengthen the EU's response to the newly-emerging health and security challenges in the area of illicit drug use and trafficking.

Glyphosate not classified as a carcinogen by ECHA 15 March 2017, 23:43 CET
ECHA's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) agrees to maintain the current harmonised classification of glyphosate as a substance causing serious eye damage and being toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. RAC concluded that the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction.

Tougher EU food inspections on the menu 15 March 2017, 22:27 CET
The EU Parliament adopted plans Wednesday to tighten up official food inspections, aiming to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.

Drinks industry asked to come up with alcohol labelling proposal 15 March 2017, 00:08 CET
The European Commission has given the alcoholic drinks industry a year to develop a self-regulatory proposal that will provide information on ingredients and nutrition of all alcoholic beverages.

Child obesity: healthy food for schools guidance 23 February 2017, 00:32 CET
The European Commission and Maltese Presidency presented Wednesday a valuable new resource to help public procurement authorities implement healthy food standards in schools.

Brussels mulls new initiative on antimicrobial resistance 27 January 2017, 17:38 CET
The EU Commission launched a public consultation Friday on possible activities to include in a new action plan to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) it plans to adopt this summer.

Modernisation of EU policy on health and safety at work 12 January 2017, 23:24 CET
The European Commission took action on 10 January 2017 to promote and modernise Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the EU.

One in four Europeans over 15 is a smoker 07 December 2016, 23:50 CET
Nearly 1 in every 4 persons aged 15 or over in the EU was a current smoker in 2014, according to figures published Wednesday by Eurostat, the EU's the statistical office.

Europeans live longer, but not always in good health 23 November 2016, 23:28 CET
Life expectancy in most EU countries now exceeds 80 years, says a new OECD-EU joint report, but this record life expectancy is not always matched by healthy life years.

State of Health in the EU 23 November 2016, 20:26 CET
The European Commission is bringing together internationally renowned expertise to strengthen country-specific and EU-wide knowledge in the field of health. This initiative is designed to support EU Member States in their evidence-based policy-making.

Brussels set to act on antimicrobial resistance 29 October 2016, 11:39 CET
The EU is to bring out a new action plan next year to combat antimicrobial resistance - the ability of micro-organisms to resist antimicrobial treatments, especially antibiotics.

Antimicrobial resistance - Action at EU Level 29 October 2016, 11:32 CET
The EU - active on AMR for more than 15 years - strives to bring about behaviour change and tackle this pressing issue within a "One Health"approach: Raising Awareness - Reducing the overuse and misuse of antimicrobial medicines is vital to stop the appearance of resistant microorganisms. Among other good practices, the following ones are key to tackle this problem: Better prescribing practices (including prescribing antibiotics only when required) Stop self-medication in countries in which antimicrobial medicines are freely available Respect the dosages Stop the overuse and misuse of antimicrobial medicines in agriculture and the veterinary field

MEPs call for limit on trans fats in food 26 October 2016, 23:18 CET
The European Parliament voted Wednesday for mandatory limits on industrially-produced trans fats, which may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, infertility, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and obesity.

Trans fats 26 October 2016, 22:56 CET
MEPs voted on 26 October on a resolution calling for limits on trans fats. These industrial artificially produced fats can be found in anything from fast food to bakery products, chips and margarine, however they can also prove bad for your health. Scientific research has linked heavy consumption of them with obesity, diabetes, infertility, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular diseases.

EU Coding Platform to improve traceability of donated tissue and cells 06 October 2016, 23:33 CET
The web-based EU Coding Platform, launched Thursday, will support healthcare professionals and national competent authorities in tracing donated tissues and cells from donor to recipient in the entire EU.

EU Coding Platform - Reference Compendia for the Application of a single European Coding System for Tissues and Cells 06 October 2016, 23:21 CET
The web-based EU Coding Platform supports healthcare professionals and national competent authorities in tracing donated tissues and cells from donor to recipient in the entire EU.

EU Court rules on Spanish use of rolling fixed-term contracts 14 September 2016, 23:27 CET
The use of successive fixed-term contracts to cover permanent needs in the health care sector are contrary to EU law, the European Court of Justice has ruled.