Health in All Policies

The approach to the EU health policy is cross-sectoral: as indicated by the Commission’s White Paper Together for Health: A Strategic Approach for the EU 2008-2013, all EU policies should protect European citizens and improve their health (Health in All Policies, HIAP).

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As a result, health can be found in several pieces of EU legislation, such as:

Single market legislation – rationale: the protection of human health is guaranteed through the harmonisation of MSs’ legislations for the completion of the EU internal market.

Pharmaceutical package

Check out EMA’s newest video to further your understanding of the EU’s new legislation on pharmacovigilance.

EFA is actively involved with the European Medicines Agency (EMA), an EU regulatory agency located in London and responsible for the scientific evaluation of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the EU. Since March 2010, EFA is a member of the Patients’ and Consumers’ Working Party (PCWP), which was established to provide recommendations to EMA and its committees on all matters of direct or indirect interest to patients and periodical meets with the Health Care Professionals‘ Working Group (HCP WG). EFA provides input for the implementation of the new pharmacovigilance legislation.

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Tobacco legislation

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Consumer protection and information

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Environment – rationale: human health is protected thanks to measures aiming at the preservation of the environment.

The current Sixth Environment Action Programme of the European Community 2002-2012 (6 EAP) – environment, health and quality of life are listed as one of the 6 EAP four priorities.

The roadmap for the future Seventh Environment Action Programme (7 EAP)

Air legislation


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EFA is representing the patients’ perspective in the EU Expert Group on IAQ, established by the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) in October 2006.

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Regional policy – rationale: health actions can be funded through structural funds that aim at promoting the “overall harmonious development” of the EU Member States and their regions.

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