16 September 2021

New EU health crisis authority must deliver for consumers

Today the European Commission created a new authority (HERA - European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority) to avoid some of the frailties that the COVID pandemic cruelly exposed in early 2020, when supply chains were severely disrupted and there were shortages of medicines in intensive care units and protective equipment such as masks.
08 July 2021

EU Parliament supports reinforced role for European Medicines Agency in benefit to consumers

The European Parliament has voted to give greater powers to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to help it better manage public health crises and improve access to critical medicines and medical devices for consumers.
22 June 2021

Good for consumers: Deal on EU-wide coordination for assessing new medicines and medical devices

The EU institutions have struck a long overdue deal that will require Member States to carry out joint assessments of medicines and other health technologies for the EU market.

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

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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

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Senior Safety and Health Policy Officer
Pelle Moos
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Digital Health Policy Officer
Jelena Malinina
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Senior Health Policy Officer
Ancel·la Santos Quintano
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Senior Communications Officer
Sébastien Pant
Carmen Martin