EU Health Policy nEwSwAtch August 2019

EU Health Policy nEwSwAtch August 2019

ESA & EU advocacy for perioperative patient safety

  • Save the date! Plans are advancing for the ESA2020 Patient Safety Policy Summit, to be held on 3 & 4 March 2020. Over the summer, we have been working with other endorsing organisations to develop the event agenda and a consensus statement. The consensus statement is the key document that will convey core messages to policymakers. With the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology firmly on their radar, the next step will be to ensure that recommendations are picked up in different EU policy instruments, leveraging the momentum generated by the summit.
  • ESA and World Patient Safety Day– with the slogan of the World Patient Safety Day being ‘Speak up for patient safety!’ we expect to announce the ESA patient safety policy summit on that day, 17thSeptember, being our own contribution to speaking up loud and clear to policymakers on the importance of safe, high quality perioperative care for all.

EU funding & collaboration opportunities

  • The Innovative Medicines Initiative, the major public-private partnership between the EU and industry announced some of the expected topics for future calls for proposals. These include:
    • Digital endpoints and placebo effect in chronic pain
    • Development of innovative personalized diagnostics and patient-guided therapies for the management of sepsis-induced immune suppression
    • Data lakes – developing a common approach for quick and efficient connectivity of data for diverse purposes, based on the four FAIR pillars (making data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable).
  • Open consultation on Horizon Europe – an online consultation is open until 8 September for stakeholders to have their say on future objectives for EU-funded research and innovation. A response from ESA will be submitted based on recommendations being developed for the patient safety policy summit.
  • Call for applications for e-Health stakeholder group – The European Commission has opened a call for expressions of interest to select members of an e-Health stakeholder group for the period 2019-2021 to provide advice and expertise, contribute to policy development and the implementation of the digital transformation of health and care. This is a valuable forum to be involved, given that major recommendations that will be made by ESA at the policy summit on big data and e-Health, and ESA expects to develop a big data project. Key areas to be addressed by the group include:

During the previous three-year mandate of the group, the European societies of cardiology and radiology were members. Medical societies are encouraged to apply & the deadline for applications is 27 September 2019.

  • Call for new hospitals to become members of the European Reference Networks – information about this opportunity has been provided to Prof Tino Münster (Regensburg, Germany) who is leading the Orphan Anaesthesia

ESA – other EU advocacy and outreach

  • European Sepsis Alliance and Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) announce the 8th World Sepsis Day to be organized on September 13. Materials advertising the event are available on the World Sepsis Day website and medical societies are encouraged to contribute. ESA is member of the European Sepsis Alliance and Honorary Member, Prof Daniela Filipescu has now been elected to the Steering Committee of the European Sepsis Alliance.

News from the institutions

  • European Commission
    • Appointment of innovation leaders to guide the European Innovation Council – 22 members of the European Innovation Council Advisory Board have been appointed from the worlds of entrepreneurship, venture capital, science and technology. The list of Advisory Board members and their profiles can be found here.
  • European Council
    • Romania ended its presidency of the European Council, which focused on Antimicrobial resistance in its conclusions on health priorities.
    • Finland begins its Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will introduce a new concept called ‘the economy of wellbeing’. Health priorities in this context will focus on the value of prevention and health promotion, tackling antimicrobial resistance and using the opportunities provided by digitalisation. Mental health will be an integral part of the economy of wellbeing. In order to intensify the EU’s action in this field, Finland will push for an EU Mental Health Strategy to be developed.
  • WHO
    • World Patient Safety Day – under the auspices of the WHO, the Global Patient Safety Network has been soliciting ideas from stakeholders on the strategy for the campaign, and input about planned activities for 17th September. ESA has fed into both requests.

Other news

  • BioMed Alliance Medical Device Regulation Task Force (MDRTF)– following the Registries Workshop organized by BioMed Alliance in June, a paper will be developed providing information for regulators (registries overview, what are the gaps, best practices in building registries) and how they can be used by regulators. EFORT (European Federation of Societies of Orthopaedics and Traumatology) will take the lead on the paper. The task force will also further refine its mission and objectives. The full report of the most recent meeting of the MDRTF is available here .
  • Plan S, an initiative for Open Access publishing, requires that scientific publications that result from publicly-funded research must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms. Following feedback from numerous stakeholders, including academia and scientific societies, the timeline to adapt to the required changes has been extended by one year to 2021, in order to provide more time for researchers and publishers to adapt to the changes. Transformative agreements for hybrid journals will be supported until 2024. A briefing note about the recent revisions to Plan S can be found here.

Upcoming events

  • The 2019 European Cancer Summit, organized by the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) will take place on 12-14 September 2019 in Brussels, bringing together leaders from cancer care, research, patient advocacy and public-private partners to discuss “European Cancer Care Across Borders”
  • European Research & Innovation days – 24-26 September – an opportunity to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape in the presence of ministers, MEPs, researchers and other speakers.
  • Time to Act – #STOPSEPSISEU – on 25th September, the European Network for Safer Healthcare and Health First Europe are organising a roundtable debate in the European Parliament to explore new ways to better manage sepsis. The debate will include a discussion around developing European Sepsis guidelines for identification, diagnostics and treatment.
  • High level conference on the EU health program will highlight the results of the current and previous EU Health Programs and present the new approach in the future Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, known as Horizon Europe. European Commissioner for Health Vytenius Andriukaitis will host the event which takes place on 30 September in Brussels.
  • Organised by GAMIAN,the MEP Alliance for Mental Health will meet on 16 October to hear from relevant stakeholders regarding priority actions in the field of mental health; define what possible actions could be taken at EU level and how stakeholders could support these; and to gather support for the MEP Alliance for Mental Health.


For further information about any of the opportunities described here, please contact Helen Brewer at, tel + 32 496 285 664.