COVID-19 and the European Health Union
European doctors have been at the heart of the efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. A series of surveys of the CPME membership in 2020 and 2021 on the experience of National Medical Associations throughout the pandemic was summarised in the CPME report on COVID-19 in Europe and complemented by the European doctors' recommendations to the EU for lessons learnt for pandemic preparedness, both published in November 2020. They cover question relating to medical technology and supplies, data, and the medical workforce.
Upon the launch of the European Health Union as the European Commission’s health policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CPME adopted the CPME position on the Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on a reinforced role for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in crisis preparedness and management for medicinal products and medical devices, the CPME position on the Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 851/2004 establishing a European Centre for disease prevention and control (ECDC), and the CPME position on Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on cross-border threats to health in March 2021.
CPME continues to actively contribute to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, including the roll-out of vaccinations, and fighting misinformation and disinformation. More recently, CPME also published the CPME Position Paper on the European Commission Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, and the CPME statement on the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA).