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EFA-Live: Tackling Second-Hand Smoke
Brussels, 10.10.2019. Tobacco is still the deadliest preventable source of disease in Europe, causing more than 700.000 premature deaths every year. New research presented at the European Parliament a ...

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EFA launches European report "Active Patients Access Care"
EFA eagerly launches its new European report “Active Asthma and COPD Patients ACCESS Care”. The report unveils new patient evidence on asthma and COPD patients’ access to diagnosis and care, involveme ...

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EFA launches new European report “Active Patients ACCESS Care”
EFA eagerly launches its new European report “Active Asthma and COPD Patients ACCESS Care”. The report unveils new patient evidence on asthma and COPD patients’ access to diagnosis and care, involveme ...

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EFA at 69th WHO Regional Committee in Copenhagen
Ahead of this important meeting, EFA produced a video statement which looked into the lessons learnt from the implementation of WHO Health2020 framework in the European region. WHO’s work in 2018/19 ...

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Global Vaccination Summit
EFA attended the 1st Global Vaccination Summit, held in Brussels on 12th September. The summit was a joint organisational effort of the European Commission and the World Health Organisation (WHO). T ...

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EFA response to EMA public consultation on Drug-Device Combination
In June, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched a public consultation on the basis of a draft guideline discussing the ‘Quality requirements for drug-device combinations’. The draft guideline pr ...

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EFA at European Health Stakeholder Meeting in the European Parliament
On September 12th, EFA participated in a panel-discussion in the European Parliament on “Brexit: the European Parliaments’ role in prioritising patients, public health and health security across Europ ...

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Health is In! and with more responsibility in the new European Commission
The European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen announced the names and portfolios of the new college of Commissioners. The health files were handed to Stella Kyriakides from Cyprus who h ...

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EFA celebrates World Patient Safety Day
On September 17th, EFA has been active on the World Health Organizations’ (WHO) 1st World Patient Safety Day. The day has been set up to create awareness for patient safety and urge people for support ...

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WHO publishes 2019 report on the global tobacco epidemic
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published the 7th WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic. This year, the report focused on the progress that countries have made to help tobacco users quit.  ...

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CONNECARE – personalized connected care for complex chronic patients
Seven out of 10 hospital beds across Europe are occupied by people with chronic long-term conditions. The EU funded CONNECARE project aims at developing, deploying and evaluating a novel smart, adapti ...

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International awareness days – great opportunities for patient groups
International awareness days are an opportunity to educate the general public on specific issues. Especially for patient organisations, it is a great possibility to mobilise political will and resourc ...

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COPD: Substances at work have same effect as smoking
EFA member Long Fonds has published results of a research indicating that substances at work can cause COPD when being inhaled. The study carried out by Marike Boezen of UMC Groningen claims that “the ...

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Outdoor public places smoke-free in Sweden
The Swedish government banned smoking in outdoor public places from July 1st. The following places should now be smoke-free: entrances to public buildings, places waiting for public transport, outdoor ...

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Survey on the use of lay language summaries in paediatric clinical trials
The European Forum of Good Clinical Practices (EFGCP) in collaboration with the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Association (EFPIA) are working together to understand what is the  ...

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EFA at the Patient Access Partnership conference on the Future of Health
On 11 and 12 July, EFA was proud to contribute to the high-level conference of Patient Access Partnership (PACT) on ‘The Future of Health: Advancing the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in Europ ...

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EFA Response to EMA Public Consultation on Patient Registries
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched a public consultation on the basis of a discussion paper focusing on the “use of patient disease registries for regulatory purposes – methodological and op ...

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EFA response to WHO invitation for public comment: Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being
EFA provided input in the call for comments organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), regarding strengthening collaboration among multilateral health organisations to accelerate country progre ...

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Medical Devices Regulation - Guidance on graphical symbols
The Medical Devices Regulation (2017/745 EU) entered into force in 2017 with rules being applicable after a transitional period ending in spring 2020. The new regulation contains a series of important ...

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EFA at EFPIA Annual Conference
EFA Director Susanna Palkonen attended the annual networking event of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries Associations (EFPIA). The event was hosted by the Finnish EU Presidency. Ec ...

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What's new - Medical devices

In June, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched a public consultation on the basis of a draft guideline discussing the ‘Quality requirements for drug-device combinations’. The draft guideline pr ...

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The Medical Devices Regulation (2017/745 EU) entered into force in 2017 with rules being applicable after a transitional period ending in spring 2020. The new regulation contains a series of important ...

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Latest research - Medical devices

In November 2016, we met in Manchester with our partners of the Horizon 2020 project myAirCoach to track the status quo in all work-packages, the main results achieved in 2016 and to plan the third an ...

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EFA organised the final event of AirPROM, an EU funded project that during five years has pulled out the best knowledge of lung research in Europe to come up with a virtual model of the human lungs. E ...

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