The European Commission Union Committed to Contribute to an Improved Health Security Framework

Health Ministers from the Global Health Security Initiative met in Berlin to discuss the future priorities to strengthening global health security. The Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI) is an informal, international partnership between France , Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Mexico, the United States, the European Commission and the World Health Organisation, established in 2001 to strengthen health preparedness and response globally to threats of biological, chemical, radio-nuclear terrorism (CBRN) and pandemic influenza.

The European Commission is committed to strengthen the health security framework and appreciates this strong partnership with the international partners. Since its establishment in 2001, the GHSI partnership has undertaken a broad program of work aimed at strengthening preparedness and response to a range of global health security threats. In particular, the GHSI made important progress on key elements, such as:

  • the Threat and Risk Assessment Tool, which is a systematic and evidence-based approach for the threat and risk assessment of biological agents.
  • the Early Alerting and Reporting Project which enters now its operational phase. This platform compiles surveillance and reporting data from media screening and is a tool to notify public health alerts for emerging incidents
  • capacity-building to strengthen preparedness and response planning in cooperation with the World Health Organisation,
  • a mechanism to share and deploy medical countermeasures in case of an international public health emergency caused by chemical, biological and radio-nuclear agents,
  • the exchange of information on "dual-use life sciences research", i.e. research that might be benefitial for innovation in new treatments, but could also be misused for illegitimate intentions and applications. The Commission is committed to coordinating this issue at European level and welcomes the international consultation.

Complementary to the work in the context of the Global Health Security Initiative the European Commission is currently cooperating with the European Parliament and the Council to strengthen the health security framework in Europe. Comprehensive legislation is in place for communicable diseases; by proposing legislation on serious cross border threats the Commission intends to ensure a similar good protection to European citizens against other serious cross-border health threats caused by chemical or environmental events.

Most Popular Now

Which Self-Help Websites Actually Improv…

From depression to weight loss, insomnia to cutting back on alcohol or cigarettes, the Internet teems with sites that promise to help people improve their health. Which of these really...

Read more

AbedGraham and Highland Marketing Partne…

Global efforts to enhance clinical engagement and accelerate the impact of digital technology in improving patient care, will be boosted by a new bilateral relationship between two organisations dedicated to...

Read more

The Grants4Apps® Accelerator Berlin 2017

The Grants4Apps® Accelerator is a mentoring program for digital health startups taking place in Berlin. This year's batch with five startups runs from September until November. The program offers mentoring...

Read more

Highland Marketing Recruits Strategy and…

PR and marketing agency Highland Marketing has appointed Lyn Whitfield to the new post of strategy and content director. Whitfield is a journalist by background, who has specialised in writing...

Read more

Philips and PathAI Team Up to Improve Br…

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and PathAI, a company that develops artificial intelligence technology for pathology, are collaborating with the aim to develop...

Read more

PatientsLikeMe and Shire Pharmaceuticals…

PatientsLikeMe and Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) have announced a new collaboration that will support the development of a patient-centered, real world health learning system that expands understanding of...

Read more

Biased Bots: Human Prejudices Sneak into…

In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how...

Read more

Philips High-Risk Pregnancy Toolkit is …

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, has been included as a "Developing-World" and "Health" categories finalist in the 'Fast Company - World Changing Ideas...

Read more

Allscripts Announces dbMotionTM Solution…

Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) announced today that its Community interoperability platform, dbMotion Solution, is now available through the cloud via Microsoft Azure. The cloud-based solution offers the same capabilities as the on-premise...

Read more

Health 2.0 Europe 2017

3 - 5 May 2017, Barcelona, Spain. The 8th edition of Health 2.0 Europe will take place in Barcelona in a new location: Fira Montjuic, Plaza España. Health 2.0 Europe will...

Read more

FDA Allows Marketing of First Direct-to-…

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of 23andMe Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk (GHR) tests for 10 diseases or conditions. These are the first direct-to-consumer (DTC)...

Read more

Public Funding Essential for Advances in…

In the budget President Trump recently submitted to Congress, he asked for a reduction in the 2018 funding of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) of almost 20 percent...

Read more
(HEALTH IT) SPACE - Take a look at who has just Joined