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Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council in Brussels: 7 December 2015

Department of Health written statement – made on 3rd December 2015.

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Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will meet on 7 December in Brussels. The Health and Consumer Affairs part of the Council will take place in the afternoon.

The main agenda items will be the following:

Council conclusions – The Council will adopt conclusions on:

  • “An EU strategy on the Reduction of Alcohol-related Harm”
  • Personalised Medicines for Patients
  • Supporting People Living with Dementia: Improving Care Policies and Practices
  • Lessons Learned for Public Health from the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa – Health Security in the European Union

Under Any Other Business there will also be presentations on three other points:

Regulations on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices – the Presidency will provide an update on the state of play, with negotiations currently at trialogue stage.

The regulations seek to address weaknesses in the current regulatory system, ensure a more consistent level of implementation across the EU, and ensure that the EU will continue to be viewed by business as an innovation-friendly regulatory environment. The UK has broadly supported the Commission’s proposals in order to ensure high standards of patient safety.

Public Health conferences – information from the Presidency of conferences they organised in this field

Dutch Presidency – the Dutch delegation will set out priorities for their forthcoming Presidency, which will run from January until June 2016.

For information, I attach a copy of the latest agenda.

EPSCO Agenda - 7 Dec 2015 (PDF Document, 152.2 KB)
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS348