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Wednesday 28 January 2015
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Public Health in the EU: state-of-play and key policy challenges


A number of developments are changing the public health landscape in Europe. These include demographic changes and the impact of the economic crisis on health budgets, particularly those related to prevention and health promotion. While EU public health policy complements national policies, it encourages cooperation across countries and facilitates coordination. Particularly, EU public health policy generates economies of scale by pooling resources to tackle common challenges, such as pandemics or the risk factors associated with chronic diseases.

This report provides a snapshot and illustrative examples of issues that are currently on the EU policy agenda. It includes an overview of current challenges, and sets out how these are being addressed through the EU institutional frameworks, its legislation and policy programmes.

The report is available by clicking this link

      EU consumers to benefit from better labeling

New food labeling rules have come into effect that will ensure consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content.

The key changes in labeling include:

  •  Improved legibility of information (minimum font size for mandatory information);
  • Clearer and harmonised presentation of allergens such as soy, nuts, gluten or lactose for prepacked foods
  • Mandatory allergen information for non-prepacked food, including in restaurants and cafes;
  • Mandatory origin information for fresh meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry;
  • Same labelling requirements for online, distance-selling or buying in a shop;
  • List of engineered nanomaterials in the ingredients.
  • Specific information on the vegetable origin of refined oils and fats;
  • Strengthened rules to prevent misleading practices;
  • Indication of substitute ingredient for 'Imitation' foods;
  • Clear indication of "formed meat" or "formed fish"; and
  • Clear indication of defrosted products.

For more information, click here


   Did you know?

Nurse revalidation – an international perspective

The Royal College of Nursing, Policy and International Department has produced a policy briefing paper comparing international systems for nurse revalidation.

The department looked at the situation in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and Slovakia and this paper includes an easy-to-read table of comparisons as well as suggestions for improving the revalidation process in the UK.

To read the briefing paper, clickhere

Mobile clinics in Ukraine bring health services to people in need

There were over 500,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Ukraine by the end of 2014 and in response, WHO, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Red Cross Society will be establishing mobile, community-based health services from January 2015.

This network of mobile emergency primary health care units will support the fragile health care system in delivering health services for IDPs, receiving communities and communities in conflict areas.