Provisional agreement on cross-border major healthcare threats
On 23 June Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement on how the EU and member states should deal more efficiently with future serious cross-border health threats.The agreement places prevention at the heart of the fight against health threats and mandates the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to undertake regular assessments of prevention, preparedness and response planning at national level.
The agreement clarifies also procedures for the joint procurement of medicines and medical devices. It includes the possibility to limit parallel procurement and negotiation activities by participating countries, in case of products purchased jointly at the EU level.
Finally, it foresees to map the production capacities for critical medical products and to assess by 2024 whether HERA should remain an internal Commission's service or become an independent entity.