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Public Health Policy in the EU

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

Vaccination, not regions, to be focus of new EU travel regime 25 January 2022, 23:18 CET
EU ministers adopted a revised recommendation Tuesday on measures affecting free movement, which would be based on the individual situation of persons and no longer on the region of origin.

EU completes EUR 385m Covid solidarity payments 19 January 2022, 23:00 CET
The European Union completed payments Wednesday of the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) assistance to tackle the coronavirus health emergency to 19 countries for a total amount of almost EUR 385.5 million.

EU Covid certificates' validity period set at 9 months 23 December 2021, 00:45 CET
The European Commission adopted rules Tuesday establishing a binding acceptance period of 9 months for the EU Digital COVID vaccination certificates for the purposes of intra-EU travel.

EU boost for health technologies evaluation 14 December 2021, 23:51 CET
New health technology rules, adopted Monday, will allow vital and innovative health technologies - innovative medicines, medical equipment and treatment methods - to be more widely available.

Health technology assessment 13 December 2021, 23:38 CET
In recent years a number of EU countries have introduced so-called health technology assessments (HTA). HTA measures the added value of a new health technology compared to existing ones. Examples of health technologies include medicinal products, medical equipment, diagnostic and treatment methods, rehabilitation, and prevention methods.

Regulation on Health Technology Assessment 13 December 2021, 22:57 CET
The Regulation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), a deliverable of the EU Pharmaceutical Strategy, was adopted on 13 December.

EU strengthens disease prevention and control capacity 02 December 2021, 23:38 CET
The EU Parliament and Council agreed Monday to reinforce the role of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and improve Europe's preparedness for future health challenges.

EU's digital COVID certificate sets global standard 20 October 2021, 22:40 CET
More than 591 million EU Digital COVID Certificates - seen as a crucial part of Europe's response to the pandemic - have been generated, the EU said Monday in a report covering its implementation across the EU.

European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority - HERA 20 September 2021, 20:58 CET
The European Commission is launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies. HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities.

70 pct of EU adult population now fully vaccinated 07 September 2021, 15:56 CET
The European Union reached an important milestone Tuesday when it announced that 70 per cent of its adult population - over 256 million adults - have now received a full vaccine course against COVID-19.

EU outlines vision for blended education 09 August 2021, 19:34 CET
The EU Commission outlined measures Thursday to address gaps in education brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, and also longer-term to 'blend' learning environments in primary and secondary education.

EU air passenger rights fall by wayside during pandemic: report 01 July 2021, 18:29 CET
The rights of air passengers have not been safeguarded in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report published on Tuesday by the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

EU digital COVID certificate goes live 06 July 2021, 23:45 CET
The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation entered into application Thursday, allowing EU citizens and residents to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the European Union.

G7 to provide one billion vaccine doses over next year 16 June 2021, 14:24 CET
At the end of the three-day summit in Cornwall, UK, G7 leaders committed to improving global access to COVID-19 vaccines, strengthening the global health system, and ensuring ambitious climate action.

EU Digital COVID Certificate 18 October 2021, 17:18 CET
The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation entered into application on 01 July 2021. EU citizens and residents will now be able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU.

EU Parliament gives go-ahead to Covid certificate 14 June 2021, 19:17 CET
EU states are set to accept the Digital COVID Certificate - proving vaccination, negative test result or recovery from a COVID infection - from 1 July, following Wednesday's green light from MEPs.

EU limits presence of suspected carcinogen in toys 03 June 2021, 22:05 CET
The EU Commission adopted Thursday an amendment to the Toy Safety Directive to limit the presence of aniline, a substance suspected of carcinogenic properties in certain coloured toy materials.

EU keeps up pressure on vaccine disinformation 07 June 2021, 23:56 CET
The EU confirmed Thursday extension of its monitoring programme on measures taken by online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Microsoft and Google to reduce the 'dangerous lies' of disinformation.

New EU rules on medical devices into force 27 May 2021, 17:59 CET
New EU rules on medical devices entered into application on Wednesday, with the aim of establishing a modern and more robust regulatory framework to protect public health and patient safety.

Medical Devices Regulation 26 May 2021, 18:13 CET
Regulation (EU) 2017/745 is a regulation of the European Union on the clinical investigation and sale of medical devices for human use. It repeals Directive 93/42/EEC, which concerns medical devices, and Directive 90/385/EEC, which concerns active implantable medical devices, on 26 May 2021.

Application of Regulation on Medical Devices - EU rules for safety of medical devices 26 May 2021, 18:03 CET
As of 26 May, new EU rules on medical devices (MDR) enter into application, establishing a modern and more robust regulatory framework to protect public health and patient safety.

Brussels disburses EUR 14.1 bn for Covid employment support 26 May 2021, 13:54 CET
The European Commission disbursed some EUR 14,137 billion to 12 EU Member States on Tuesday, in the seventh instalment of financial support under the EU's SURE instrument.

EU agrees provisional deal on digital Covid certificate 25 May 2021, 21:32 CET
EU institutions reached a provisional deal Friday for a European digital Covid certificate to facilitate free movement as EU member states start to lift Covid restrictions to free movement across Europe.

EU aims for 5 pct tobacco use by 2040 20 May 2021, 18:31 CET
The EU Commission published a first report on the Tobacco Products Directive Thursday, underlining its goal of a tobacco-free generation in Europe, with less than 5% of people using tobacco by 2040.

EU eases criteria for restrictions on non-essential travel 20 May 2021, 18:31 CET
Responding to ongoing vaccination campaigns, the EU announced Thursday the introduction of certain waivers for vaccinated travellers and an easing of criteria for restrictions for third countries.