03 October 2017
15 May 2017

Access to medicines: Commission investigation into Aspen Pharma

The European Commission opened a formal investigation into Aspen Pharma's pricing practices for cancer medicines. BEUC had requested the European Commission in 2016 to investigate the company’s significant price increases for some of its anticancer medicines.
04 May 2017

Two-and-a-half years of Juncker Commission: consumer performance check

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) undertook a consumer performance check of the first two-and-a-half years of the Juncker Commission.1 We looked at the Commission’s legislative initiatives and its key policy actions and graded their performance on a scale from very good to very bad.

Our work areas

As consumers are faced with a growing amount of information from different sources, we advocate for high quality and non-promotional information about health products.

The ageing of the population, rising healthcare costs and the economic crisis are challenging the sustainability of healthcare systems and consumers’ access to treatments.

Health scandals such as the weight-loss drug Mediator and the faulty PIP breast implants keep undermining consumers’ confidence in the safety of available health products and their oversight by the competent authorities.

Our objectives

  • Ensure consumers have access to high quality healthcare in all EU Member States
  • Guarantee consumers benefit from safe and innovative treatments
  • Allow consumers to make informed choices regarding their health


Apr 2017


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The European Consumer Organisation
Europäischer Verbraucherverband
Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs

Rue d'Arlon, 80 Bte 1 
B - 1040 Bruxelles

Tel: +32 2 743 15 93
E-mail: health@beuc.eu

Head of the Food and Health Departmentpicture
Head of the Food and Health Department
Ilaria Passarani
Health Policy Officerpicture
Health Policy Officer
Francesca Cattarin
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Communications Officer
Pauline Constant
Carmen Martin