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

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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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    Involving general practitioners in regulatory decisions

    A workshop with representatives of general practitioners and family doctors explored new ways to engage with providers of primary care in EU Member States and further involve them in EMA activities. EMA has published a workshop report and presentations on the workshop page.

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    Preparing framework of collaboration with academia

    During its June meeting, the Healthcare Professionals' Working Party held a workshop to consult with representatives of academia on the pillars of a future framework of collaboration, which aims to strenghten EMA interaction with academia. EMA has published the presentations on the workshop page and will publish a full workshop report in mid-2016.

  • Online resources

    EMA has updated its online content for healthcare professionals, adding information on online resources, including relevant workshops and links and a series of short videos called EMA Basics. These cover the role of EMA, the centralised procedure and how EMA works with healthcare professionals. More videos will follow in 2016.

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Events of interest

  • 11/11/2016


    Spinal muscular atrophy workshop

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA), SMA Europe and TREAT NMD are co-organising a one-day workshop on spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) on 11th November this year. The workshop will bring together key stakeholders to discuss, help and advance the development of therapies for the treatment of SMA. Topics for discussion will include an overview of the disease, the pharmacology of the molecules under investigation, natural history data, clinical outcome measures and biomarkers. ... Read more

  • 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

  • 20/09/2016


    European Medicines Agency Human Scientific Committees' Working Parties with Patients’ and Consumers’ Organisations (PCWP) and Healthcare Professionals’ Organisations (HCPWP) joint meeting

    This joint PCWP/HCPWP meeting will include the election of the PCWP and HCPWP co-chairs for the 2016 – 2019 mandate. Personalised medicines will be discussed and participants will be updated on the PCWP/HCPWP topic groups; the 2017 work programme; the framework of collaboration with academia; and feedback will be given from the scientific committees. ... Read more

  • 14/06/2016


    10th anniversary of European Medicines Agency’s Patients' and Consumers' Working Party (PCWP)

    2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) PCWP. A working group of patients' organisations was first created in 2003. Following endorsement of its framework of interaction by EMA’s Management Board, the working group was formalised into an official working party, the PCWP. Building on the importance of multi-stakeholder dialogue, the PCWP regularly holds its annual meetings jointly with the Healthcare Professionals’ Working Party. The PCWP is a unique platform for exchange and dialogue with patients and consumers on all issues related to medicines. The EMA is proud of the work of the PCWP and this anniversary meeting will be an opportunity to reflect on past successes and to plan for the future. ... Read more

  • 10/10/2016 - 11/10/2016


    Joint DIA/EFGCP/EMA better medicines for children conference 2016 on optimisiation of drug development for the benefit of children

    The conference will discuss how drug development can be further optimised to the benefit of children’s health. This will include a discussion on lessons learned during the years of full operation of the European Union (EU) Paediatric Regulation, new concepts and strategies for an integrated approach at each and every step of paediatric development and sessions dedicated to specific areas of expertise such as neonatology as well as evolving concepts such as the approach to extrapolation from adult data. On day one participants will discuss more specialised and hot topic issues in five breakout sessions. Day two will discuss the holistic integrated approach and global issues. This event is organised by European Forum for Good Clinical Practice (EFGCP), with the partnership of Drug Information Association (DIA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA). ... Read more

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