At the end of 2015, the EU implemented a decision to improve preparedness across the EU and strengthen the capacity for coordinated responses to health emergencies. This will improve health security in the EU and will help member states prepare for cross-border threates caused by communicable diseases, chemical, biological or environmental events.

The Decision has four major benefits:

  • to strengthen preparedness planning
  • to improve risk assessment and management of cross-border health threats
  • to establish the necessary arrangements for the development and implementation of a joint procurement of medical countermeasures
  • to enhance the coordination of response at EU level by providing a solid legal mandate to the Health Security Committee

To read more about this decision on the website