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Public Health Policy in the EU

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

23 cities bid to host UK-based EU agencies after Brexit
The EU Commission began assessment Tuesday of Member States' applications to host the two European Union agencies currently based in the UK, with 23 cities putting in bids.

Brussels mulls digital initiatives for healthcare
The European Commission launched a public consultation Thursday on how Europe should promote digital innovation in health and care, for the benefits of citizens and health systems in Europe.

EU Member States vote to reduce presence of acrylamide carcinogen in food
EU Member States representatives voted Wednesday to reduce the presence in food of acrylamide - designated by the EU food safety agency as a carcinogenic substance in 2015.

Endocrine disruptors
EU Member States representatives voted on 4 July in favour of the European Commission's proposal on scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products. This is seen as an important step towards greater protection of citizens from harmful substances.

Carcinogens at work: EU Council, Parliament reach agreement
The EU presidency and European Parliament reached a provisional agreement Wednesday on a new directive to help protect workers from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens in the workplace.

EU launches action to tackle antimicrobial resistance
The European Commission launched Thursday a new EU action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance - a growing threat responsible for 25,000 deaths and a loss of EUR 1.5 billion in the EU every year.

EU agrees better protection for workers from cancer-causing substances
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Brussels set to act on antimicrobial resistance
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
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