Archive for the ‘health’ Tag

Rights of patients in Cross border health care rights of patients set out in EU directive 2011/24

The directive has to be implemented in the laws of EU states by 25 October 2013. This website contains information on this new directive.

Council conclusions on innovation in medical device sector in Europe

Here is a link to the European Commission’s webpage which contains all relevant information on medical devices and the latest Council conclusion on innovation in the medical device sector.

New EU directive on falisified medicine published in Official Journal of European Union

The new EU legislation on falsified medicines was published on 1 July in the Official Journal of the European Union. It will be applicable on 2 January 2013. This legislation is the outcome of the legal proposal that the Commission put forward in December 2008.
The new legislation introduces tougher rules to improve the protection of public health with new harmonised, pan-European measures to ensure that medicines are safe and that the trade in medicines is rigorously controlled.
To this end, these new measures include:

– An obligatory authenticity feature on the outer packaging of the medicines : this feature will be decided at a later stage via a delegated act;
– A common, EU-wide logo to identify legal online pharmacies. This would make it easier to distinguish between legal and illegal online pharmacies throughout the European Union;
– Tougher rules on the controls and inspections of producers of active pharmaceutical ingredients; and
– Strengthened record-keeping requirements for wholesale distributors

EU-OSHA teams up with the UN’s Decade of Action on Road Safety to reduce risks to drivers

People working in the road transport sector face many more risks than just the danger of having a collision – that is the message of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), which has launched a new website to help keep drivers safe.

Stakeholder consultation on health security in the European Union

The aim of this consultation is to seek the views of stakeholders on what action the European Commission should take to protect EU citizens more effectively against serious cross-border health threats. The Council of the European Union invited Member States in 2010 to further improve their coordination and collaboration in facing serious cross-border health threats, including a coherent approach to preparedness and response to pandemic influenza and to other public health emergencies of international concern. This implies reinforced preparedness, ensuring coherent risk assessment and risk management as well as improving the coordination of public communication on any matter related to health-related crisis involving or likely to threaten more than one Member State.

Accident prevention information of OSHA

As well as the cost in terms of lost lives and suffering to workers and their families, accidents affect business and society as a whole. Fewer accidents means less sick leave, which results in lower costs and less disruption to the production process. It also saves employers the expense of recruiting and training new staff, and can cut the cost of early retirement and insurance pay-outs.

Slips, trips and falls are the largest cause of accidents in all sectors from heavy manufacturing to office work. Other hazards include falling objects, thermal and chemical burns, fires and explosions, dangerous substances and stress. To prevent accidents occurring in the workplace, employers should establish a safety management system that incorporates risk assessment and monitoring procedures.