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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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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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HTA Stakeholder Forum discusses patients quality of life and involvement
On April 11th, EFA participated in the European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EunetHTA) annual stakeholder forum in Amsterdam. The meeting brought together speakers and participants from v ...

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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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Falsified medicines: New rules to enhance patients' safety
Falsified medicines are fake medicines that are dispensed as real, authorised, medicines. In reality, falsified medicines may contain inactive molecules, or active ingredients which are of low quality ...

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New IMI Project: 3TR
Despite the wide availability of treatments for autoimmune, inflammatory and allergic diseases, the response to therapy and the disease progression is unpredictable and varies from patient to patient. ...

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New COPD development prediction: the ALEC Project
Although COPD has long been viewed as a predominantly smoking-related disease, there is increasing awareness that lifestyle and the environment contribute to the development of the disease already fro ...

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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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Stakeholders efforts to put health in the EU elections debate
Following the #EU4Health campaign, led by EPHA and EPF, on November 29 th the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries Associations (EFPIA) organised an EU Health Summit to discuss with health ...

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The involvement of patients in HTA becomes secondary for the European Parliament
On October 3, the European Parliament plenary adopted in the first reading the file on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on health technology assessment (HTA) ...

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Personalised Medicine alliance discusses HTA at Parliament
On September 26, the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) organised a Roundtable in the European Parliament to discuss how to coordinate Health Technology Assessment between Member  ...

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We are members of the Digital Health group at EPF
The European Patients Forum (EPF) has recently launched a working group to guide and support its strategy on digital health with the aim of positioning the patient community as a driver of innovation  ...

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We want a future cooperation on HTA with patients at the center
On the 5thof June, we attended “What future for EU cooperation on HTA?” organised by the European Parliament Interest Group on Access to HealthCare, in cooperation with the Patient Access Partnership  ...

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Myaircoach in MedTech week
For the 4th time, national associations and companies active on medical devices organised from 4-8 June activities across Europe to promote the value of life-changing technologies. This year MedTech ...

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IMI and its 10 years of medical innovation, the example of U-BIOPRED
On June 27th we were 400 participants to celebrate an outstanding achievement on medical research. In the last ten years, the Innovative Medicine Initiative has done more than 100 European projects an ...

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EU Health Commissioner invited us to present our views on HTA
On May 15th we were amongst the 8 patient, consumer and public health associations invited by the EU Commissioner on Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis to present our views on the proposed ...

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MyAirCoach presented at HIMSS Europe and Health 2.0 conference
Technology nowadays allows patients to be surrounded with actionable data and knowledge. Sensors and trackers represent the core of the latest innovations to bring a support to us for living a heal ...

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EFA Patients at BBMRI-ERIC Stakeholder Forum
EFA's Roberta Savli participated on the 25th of January in the Stakeholder Forum meeting of the BBMRI-ERIC. The meeting served to identify the priorities of action and to organize and agree on the wor ...

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European Commission proposal on HTA: good news for patients
On the 31st of January, the European Commission published a new proposal for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) cooperation in the European Union (EU)  beyond 2020. EFA welcomes this announcement ...

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The promising future of myAirCoach smart inhaler
In January 2015 the myAirCoach consortium met for the first time in Thessaloniki. Three years later we came back to Greece with lots of excitement for finally seeing the myAirCoach mobile asthma monit ...

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