Influencing EU policy

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Information on our work to influence EU developments for the NHS.

The NHS European Office covers EU developments across a wide range of areas which have potential implications for the NHS. The pages in this section include detailed information on our work to influence EU developments in a number of areas.
 
Employment issues are covered in detail on the European employment policy section of the NHS Employers website and current employment issues of importance are the Working Time Directive and the Directive on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications. 
  

The more EU issues section of this site includes information on a wider range of EU developments and policy work over the longer term. 

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Clinical trials

New EU Regulation on clinical trials agreed at EU level.

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Cross-border healthcare

The EU Directive on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare entered into force in October 2013.

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Data Protection

The European Commission is revising the existing EU Data Protection Directive to ensure a more harmonized approach to data protection and privacy across the European Union.

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Climate and Energy

New EU law on Energy Efficiency agreed

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Medical devices

The EU Institutions are negotiating revised legislation on Medical Devices and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices

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Organ donation and transplantation

The European Commission has agreed in October 2012 a new EU Directive on information procedures for the exchange, between Member States, of human organs for transplantation.

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Pharmaceuticals

Amended EU rules on pharmacovigilance have recently been agreed.

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Public procurement

The EU public procurement rules govern the way in which public bodies purchase goods and services, and seek to guarantee equal access to and fair competition for public contracts within the EU market.

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Tobacco

New EU Directive on tobacco products agreed at EU level. This Directive governs how tobacco products can be manufactured, presented, and sold in the EU.

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade pact currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States to make it easier to trade goods and services freely.

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More EU issues

This section includes information on more EU policy developments and initiatives with implications for the NHS.

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Brexit trade and health

Elisabetta Zanon recently presented at the European Public Health Alliance Brexit trade and health event, read a summary of her presentation.

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Northern Ireland and the EU exit

Read the key discussion points from our roundtable event, where senior health and care representatives from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland shared the specific challenges they face following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

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Brexit business has become real – the NHS must keep watch | Elisabetta Zanon

29 / 3 / 2017 12.27pm

With Article 50 now triggered and Brexit negotiations to begin in fervour, the head of the NHS European Office considers what lies ahead for the NHS and social care over the next two years and beyond.

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