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On this page, you will find information on the Agency’s activities that are most relevant to patients and carers, including news, and events.

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  • web radar social media workshop

    Workshop on social media

    EMA’s Patients’ and Consumers’ Organisations Working Party and Healthcare Professionals’ Organisations Working Party discussed challenges and practical applications of social media and their impact on regulators, patients and healthcare professionals during a workshop held on 19 September 2016. EMA will publish the presentations and a meeting report on the event page.

    It was the first in a series of meetings relating to advances in digital health, including social media, ‘big data’ analysis and Innovative Medicines Initiative projects such as WEB-RADR, where EMA will provide a platform for discussion and mutual learning.

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    Tenth stakeholder forum on pharmacovigilance legislation

    This forum brought together regulators with patients, healthcare professionals and industry, to take stock of what has been achieved and what needs to be the focus over the coming years. EMA has published the presentations on the event page.

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    Annual report on EMA patient and healthcare professional interactions

    EMA has published its 2015 annual report on its interactions with patients, consumers, healthcare professionals and their organisations.The report demonstrates the Agency’s continued commitment to incorporating these stakeholders' views into the regulatory aspect of medicines development.

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    EMA and FDA reinforce collaboration on patient engagement

    EMA and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have set up a new cluster on patient engagement. The cluster will provide a forum to share experiences and best practices on the way the two agencies involve patients in development, evaluation and post-authorisation activities related to medicines.

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Events of interest

  • 19/09/2016


    EMA Human Scientific Committees' Working Parties with Patients’ and Consumers’ Organisations (PCWP) and Healthcare Professionals’ Organisations (HCPWP) joint meeting: Workshop on social media

    This joint PCWP/HCPWP workshop on social media is being held to discuss the challenges and practical applications of social media and their impact on regulators, healthcare professionals and patients. The objectives are to provide an overview of what social media are and what they are being used for in the context of medicines regulation; share healthcare professionals’, patients’ and regulators’ practices on how social media is used to amplify communication on medicines information and regulatory outputs; discuss how social media is being used for gathering medicine-related data; reflect on how communication and data gathering through social media may influence behaviours and attitudes towards medicines information and medicines use, impact regulatory decisions, and shape interactions with stakeholders; and to identify areas requiring action from regulators, patients and healthcare professionals. ... Read more

  • 25/11/2016


    Workshop on the development of new medicines to treat tuberculosis

    The workshop brings together experts and stakeholders from the academic, regulatory and industrial sectors to discuss key issues and new developments in the field of development of antimycobacterial medicines to treat tuberculosis. The presentations and discussions support the finalisation of the newly drafted addendum to the note for guidance on evaluation of medicinal products indicated for treatment of bacterial infections to specifically address the clinical development of new agents to treat disease due to mycobacterium tuberculosis. The workshop will be broadcast live. ... Read more

  • 01/12/2016 - 02/12/2016

    The annual European Medicines Agency review of the year and outlook for 2017

    This key end of year conference jointly organised by TOPRA and EMA will provide an annual review of the activities of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the national agencies within the European regulatory system, providing European regulatory professionals a chance to reflect and plan for the challenges ahead. The conference will discuss major areas of medicines legislation coordinated by the EMA and provide practical advice on the work of EMA within the European regulatory network and on how national agencies contribute. It will feature a range of speakers and panellists from EMA and national agencies, industry, patient and healthcare professional organisation representatives and policy-makers. ... Read more

  • 29/11/2016


    Training session for patients and consumers interested in EMA activities

    This one-day training session for representatives of patients' and consumers' organisations aims at presenting an overview of medicines evaluation with specific emphasis on where and how they can be involved. Using a hands-on interactive approach, participants will learn more about how they can contribute to scientific advice procedures, Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) meetings and in review of information for patients. ... Read more

  • 30/11/2016


    EMA Human Scientific Committees’ Working Party with Patients’ and Consumers’ Organisations (PCWP) meeting with all eligible organisations

    This final meeting for 2016 brings together members of the Patients' and Consumers' Organisations' Working Party (PCWP) and all eligible patient and consumer organisations. Discussions will include the next steps for public engagement looking towards 2020; public hearings; PCWP topic group updates; and patient interaction with consumers. EU-wide initiatives to be discussed are the HTA co-operation and ADR website enhancements. Feedback will also be given from the scientific committees. As part of the ongoing PCWP 10th anniversary celebrations, there will also be a lunch talk on ‘What do you see as the future for the voice of patients at EMA?’ The recording of this will be available at a later date. ... Read more

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