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Employment, Social Policy, Health and consumer Affairs Council

Volume 603: debated on Thursday 3 December 2015

The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will meet on 7 December in Brussels. The Health and Consumer Affairs part of the Council will take place in the afternoon.

The main agenda items will be the following:

Council conclusions—the Council will adopt conclusions on:

“An EU strategy on the reduction of alcohol-related harm”

Personalised medicines for patients

Supporting people living with dementia: improving care policies and practices

Lessons learned for public health from the Ebola outbreak in west Africa—health security in the European Union

Under any other business there will also be presentations on three other points:

Regulations on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices—the presidency will provide an update on the state of play, with negotiations currently at trialogue stage.

The regulations seek to address weaknesses in the current regulatory system, ensure a more consistent level of implementation across the EU, and ensure that the EU will continue to be viewed by business as an innovation-friendly regulatory environment. The UK has broadly supported the Commission’s proposals in order to ensure high standards of patient safety.

Public health conferences—information from the presidency of conferences it organised in this field

Dutch presidency—the Dutch delegation will set out priorities for their forthcoming presidency, which will run from January until June 2016.

A copy of the latest agenda can be found online at: