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Public Health Policy in the EU

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

Health systems in Europe: vaccine hesitancy a major public health threat
Vaccine hesitancy is a major public health threat all across Europe, the European Commission finds in reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries, published on Thursday.

Little progress in EU's fight against antimicrobial resistance: auditors
The EU's fight against 'superbugs', especially bacteria which have become resistant to antibiotics, has brought little progress to date, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors.

First Ebola vaccine receives European approval
The European Commission adopted a decision Tuesday granting the first-ever market authorisation to the company Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. for a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus.

Global Vaccination Summit
The European Commission is organising, in cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO), a Global Vaccination Summit on 12 September 2019, in Brussels.

EUR 35m EU funding for AI solutions to fight cancer
The EU Commission launched a call for proposals Tuesday for EUR 35 million available aimed at supporting the development of analysis of health images for cancer diagnostics based on Artificial Intelligence

Cocaine seizures in Europe hit all-time high: EU drugs report
Seizures of cocaine are at record levels in Europe, with signs of an increase in the drug's availability, according to the European Drug Report released by the EU's drugs agency on Thursday.

Cross-border healthcare in EU not living up to high ambitions: report
Better management is needed if the EU wants to deliver on the ambitions of its cross-border healthcare directive, aimed at ensuring safe, high-quality medical care across borders in the EU, says a report.

Systems for tobacco traceability and security features
Articles 15 and 16 of the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU (TPD) provide for EU-wide systems of traceability and security features for tobacco products to address the issue of illicit trade.

Tobacco traceability and security features
The European systems of tobacco traceability and security features became operational on 20 May 2019. The markings will enable national authorities to track and trace the movements of these packs across the legal supply chain in the EU.

Track & trace system bolsters EU fight against illicit tobacco trade
A new system of tobacco traceability became operational in Europe Monday, with the first EU producers requesting and receiving traceability markings for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco products.

Drug use increase in European cities: wastewater report
The latest findings from the largest European project in the emerging science of wastewater analysis were presented Thursday by the Europe-wide SCORE group, in association with the EU drugs agency.

Auditors examine effectiveness of EU fight against superbugs
The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EU action against superbugs, including bacteria which have become resistant to antibiotics, to assess the relevance and effectiveness of EU contributions and support.

World Rare Diseases Day
Europe invested over EUR 1.4 billion in more than 200 collaborative research and innovation projects through the framework programmes related to rare diseases. 28 February is World Rare Diseases Day.

EU platform to boost diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases
The EU Commission launched Thursday, Rare Disease Day, a new online knowledge-sharing platform to support better diagnosis and treatment for more than 30 million Europeans living with a rare disease.

European Platform on Rare Disease Registration (EU RD Platform)
The European Commission launched on Rare Disease Day 28 February 2019 a new online knowledge-sharing platform to support better diagnosis and treatment for more than 30 million Europeans living with a rare disease.

New EU rules on fake drugs enter into force
New rules on safety features for prescription medicines sold in the EU entered into force Saturday, heralding the introduction of end-to-end verification and safety features on prescription medicines.

Falsified medicines
Falsified medicines are often disguised as authentic medicines but may contain ingredients of bad or toxic quality, or in the wrong dosage. As they have not been properly checked for quality, safety and efficacy, as required by strict EU authorisation, they can pose a real risk to your health. As falsified medicines become more sophisticated, the risk of them reaching patients in the EU increases. They represent a serious threat to global health and call for a comprehensive strategy both at European and international level.

New safety features for medicines sold in the EU
As of 9 February 2019, the new rules on safety features for prescription medicines sold in the EU will apply.

New plans for accessing health data across EU borders
The Commission presented a set of recommendations Wednesday for the creation of a secure system that will enable citizens to access their electronic health files across EU Member States.

European Electronic Health Record exchange format
The European Commission presented on 6 February a Recommendation for the creation of a secure system that will enable citizens to access their electronic health files across EU Member States.

EU's ePrescriptions programme gets first roll out in Estonia
Finnish patients were for the first time able to go to a pharmacy in Estonia and retrieve medicines prescribed electronically by their doctor in Finland, in a trial under the EU ePrescriptions programme.

Overview of national laws on electronic health records in the EU Member States
The study has two main goals. First, to provide an overview of the national laws on electronic health records within the EU Member States. Second, to assess the interaction of these national laws with the provision of cross-border eHealth services mentioned in Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare (2011/24/EU) . For each EU Member State (and Norway) a specific country report is available, containing the legal requirements applying to EHRs. These reports are not only focused on the current state of affairs, but also take into account potential future legislation. The national reports are used to perform a comparative analysis resulting in concrete recommendations, on a broad range of issues, for both national and EU actors.

eHealth : Digital health and care
Digital health and care refers to tools and services that use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and management of health and lifestyle. Digital health and care has the potential to innovate and improve access to care, quality of care, and to increase the overall efficiency of the health sector.

Legislation on Veterinary Medicinal Products (VMP) and Medicated Feed
The EU Council adopted the Regulations on the veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed on 26 November.

Mental health issues cost EU 4 pct of GDP: report
Mental health and preventing mental illness not only have social consequences but are estimated to cost more than 4 per cent of GDP across the EU, the 2018 'Health at a Glance: Europe reports.