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Can people in Europe afford to pay for healthcare? New WHO Report
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has conducted the first systematically report to monitor healthcare related financial protection in Europe. It focuses on financial hardship and unmet needs for hea ...

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WHO publishes first guidelines on digital health interventions
Over the last years, digital tools and solutions have increased their presence within the health sector. Their added value is to be found in numerous aspects, including access to information, diagnosi ...

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EU leaders discuss Future of Europe in Sibiu: our health struggles to be a priority
On May 9th, the EU prime ministers and presidents convened in Sibiu (Romania) to discuss the Future of Europe. The purpose of the meeting was the renewal of the leaders’ commitment to the EU, as well  ...

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EFA joins academics in calling for EU health research in action for equality in health
EU health research has made significant strides in better knowledge on prevention and care related topics, but how can research actually promote equality in health. The third forum of the Horizon 2020 ...

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Europeans have positive attitudes towards vaccination, Eurobarometer shows
In March 2019, the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) conducted a study on Europeans’ attitudes towards vaccination. The results of this Special Eurobaromete ...

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Join EFA webinar on patients’ data and research
The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in 2018 has risen concerns on the ownership and use of personal data. The use of personal data is necessary in medical research to enable new ...

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EFA launches #ShowLeadership campaign
Living with allergies and airways diseases has become a daily burden for over 200 million people in Europe. The drastic increase of people living with allergy, asthma and COPD has overwhelmed the Euro ...

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WHO urges stronger action to reduce deaths from Non-Communicable diseases in Europe
On April 9th and 10th, the World Health Organisation (WHO) held a High-Level Conference on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Turkmenistan. The discussions were focused on national actions to reduce  ...

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Delivering patient value discussed at EU Parliament
To mark the 13th European Patients’ Rights Day, EFA attended the conference on ‘Delivering patient value throughout the healthcare system’ organised in the European Parliament by the Active Citizenshi ...

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EFSA launches new framework to evaluate the cocktail effects of chemicals in food
We are constantly exposed to chemicals in our daily life. It is in the cookies we eat, the cosmetics we use, and the clothes that we wear. Fortunately, most of them do not harm the majority of the pop ...

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AFPRAL co-signs open letter to French Minister of Health
EFA Member the Association Française pour la Prévention des Allergies (AFPRAL) has co-signed an open letter calling on the French Minister of Health to address the exclusion of young children with chr ...

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European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma launches a Blueprint
On 20th March, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, co-run by EFA and EAACI, organised at the European Parliament a Breakfast Policy Meeting on a renewed EU policy agenda on a ...

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First guidance on new rules for certain medical devices by European Medical Agency
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published a first set of guidelines to help prepare for obligations coming from the new EU legislation on medical devices. The guidelines, formatted as a questi ...

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EPF: EuropeforPatients campaign
The European Patients Forum (EPF), of which EFA is a long-standing member, has launched a campaign ahead of the EU elections called ‘europeforpatients’. EPF and their Members are calling on political  ...

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EFA continues to be the only patient organisation working with European Chemicals Agency
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) organised its annual Accredited Stakeholder Workshop on 21 March 2019 in Brussels to mainly discuss ECHA’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023 with official stakeholders, lik ...

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European Commission Manual for patients: Patients’ rights to accessing healthcare
The European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) has published a manual for patients regarding their rights to access healthcare in any EU/EEA country different from t ...

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European Food Safety Authority discusses civil society concerns
The use and presence of pesticides, and their classification as endocrine disruptors where among the top food-related health concerns that civil society representatives discussed with European Safety  ...

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EFA calls for a European Air Quality strategy at the European Health Parliament
EFA was invited to bring the perspective of allergy and airways diseases patients to a debate on environment and human health at the 3rd Plenary of the European Health Parliament, an advocacy forum co ...

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EU digital prescriptions system kicks off in Finland and Estonia
We welcome the initiative giving patients the possibility to use digital prescriptions: prescriptions issued by a doctor at home can be issued when going to a pharmacist in another EU member state.  ...

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Environmental agency calls for action to protect Europeans from air pollution and noise
Better alignment of social and environment policies and improved local action is necessary to tackle environmental justice issues. These are the results of a report issued by the European Environment  ...

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