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EU4Health programme enters into forces

Monday 29 March 2021

On 29 March, the European Union’s EU4Health programme was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, marking the new programme’s official entry into force. The EUR 5.1 billion programme will undertake a range of actions relation to health across the the EU, with around 20% earmarked for prevention. The programme has four overarching objectives:

Improve and foster health in the Union by:

  • Supporting actions for disease prevention, health promotion and addressing health determinants
  • Supporting global commitments and health initiatives.

Protect people in the Union from serious cross-border threats to health by:

  • Strengthening the capability of the Union for prevention, preparedness and response to cross-border health threats, including through a new bio-preparedness authority, the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA)
  • Supporting actions complementing national stockpiling on essential crisis relevant products
  • Establishing a structure and training resources for a reserve of medical, healthcare and support staff.

Enhance the availability, accessibility and affordability of medicinal products, medical devices and crisis-relevant products by:

  • Encouraging sustainable production and supply chains and innovation in the Union, while supporting efficient use of medicinal products.

Strengthening health systems resilience and resource efficiency though:

  • Strengthening health data, the uptake of digital tools and services and the digital transformation of healthcare systems, including by supporting the creation of a European Health Data Space
  • Promoting the implementation of best practices and promoting data sharing
  • Enhancing access to quality, patient-centred, outcome-based healthcare and related care services
  • Supporting integrated work among Member States, and in particular their health systems.

You can read the full regulation for the EU4Health programme here: