Leaders in health policy and finance are meeting this week in Oslo to debate the health consequences of the economic crisis, under the auspices of a WHO Europe conference. It’s about time. Whilst the economic pros and cons of austerity have been hotly debated in the media the real, human effects of so-called ‘fiscal consolidation’ can sometimes get lost in the noise and econononsense.
Taking a breakthrough in medicines development and translating it into tangible benefits for patients is not easy. In the current climate, the process that takes a medicine from petri dish to patient is increasingly cumbersome, as research methods and regulatory bodies have failed to keep up with scientific advances.
Brussels– 29 January 2013 - Today the Healthcare Coalition on Data Protection published a joint statement highlighting the role of personal data in delivering high quality, patient-centred healthcare and conducting effective clinical and public health research, while expressing concerns on the potential negative impact of the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation in these areas.
This Healthcare Coalition was recently formed and includes several key stakeholders active in the healthcare and related sectors in Europe.
Being aware that alternatives to animal testing can only turn into a real success if implemented globally, it was been decided that the lead theme of the 2012 EPAA activities – and, consequently, that of the 2012 Annual Conference would be on the “development and Implementation of 3R methodologies through International Cooperation”.
Paris, 12-16 November 2012
Deadline 15th October 2012
EPAA is offering a €3000 prize for an essay or article that shows awareness of the importance to promote alternative approaches in safety assessment and regulatory compliance testing. As this year the EPAA’s lead theme is “Global implementation of 3Rs methodologies through international cooperation” the article is expected to focus on existing and to be developed international initiatives on 3Rs in animal testing. Deadline for submissions is 15th October 2012.
The public conference “Working Together for Europe’s Future” and the Educational Symposium “Healthcare Revolution with the New Science” took place on 27 June and aimed respectively to explore the challenges facing the industry as Europe seeks to emerge from the austerity crisis and the most recent developments in science and its impact on medical research and development.