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The European Health Union & access to health technologies


10 Feb 2022 12:00 to 13:00




Health & Consumers

Event Description

The European Health Union and access to health technologies 
Is joint purchasing the way forward? 

Webinar I 10 February 2022  I 12:00 - 13:00 CET

This 60-minute session is the first webinar in a 2022 European Health Union initiative webinar series, organised in close cooperation  between the European Health Forum Gastein and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. 

The enduring problem of ensuring sustainable and equitable access to affordable medicines and other health technologies for all has been highlighted once again during the COVID-19 crisis.  In this upcoming webinar, we will explore whether we can harness the recent experience of joint purchasing during the pandemic to better ensure equitable access to health technologies for diverse patient groups in the future. 

We will consider: 

  • regional voluntary collaborations for improving access to high-priced medicines such as the BeNeLuxA initiative and the Valletta Declaration; 
  • the work planned under the multi-stakeholder Oslo Medicines Initiative; 
  • contracts under the EU Joint Procurement Agreement for PPE, ventilators, laboratory equipment, therapeutic remdesivir, and ICU medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic; 
  • the joint purchasing of COVID-19 vaccines using Advance Purchase Agreements with vaccine manufacturers through funds under the European Commission´s Emergency Support instrument.  

In light of what we know from these different mechanisms, we will discuss the potential to adopt or adapt them for purchasing technologies beyond public health emergencies, such as very costly medicines. Join us on Thursday 10 February to discuss the opportunities and challenges of joint purchasing, and to assess the potential to adapt the current regulatory framework to achieve a fairer, more transparent and sustainable solution to this ongoing “wicked” problem! 

If you have any questions for the speakers, ask them during registration, during the event via the webinar Q&A function, via email to - or tweet @GasteinForum or @OBShealth with #healthprocurement.  

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