Public Consultation: European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA)
From March 31 until May 12, 2021 the European Commission holds a public consultation on the creation of a European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA).
Organizer: European Commission
The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the need for coordinated EU level action to respond to health emergencies. It revealed gaps in foresight, including demand/supply dimensions, preparedness and response tools. A European HERA is a central element for strengthening the European Health Union with better EU preparedness and response to serious cross-border health threats, by enabling rapid availability, access and distribution of needed countermeasures.
In order to ensure that all possible views are considered in the process and to ensure transparency and accountability, the Commission invites all interested individuals and stakeholders to share their views and experiences. These contributions will help inform the impact assessment accompanying the HERA proposal on four key elements: the problem to be tackled, subsidiarity and the EU dimension to the problem, the policy options and their likely impacts. Contributions are particularly sought from: citizens; organisations representing patients, consumers, civil society active in public health and healthcare; healthcare professionals and healthcare providers; public authorities; businesses and their associations (for instance representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, medical devices and personal protective equipment manufacturers, digital companies, healthcare service providers, hospital and care deliverers, health insurances) researchers, academia; international actors; and environmental organisations.
You can contribute to this consultation by filling in the online questionnaire. Questionnaires are available in some or all official EU languages. You can submit your responses in any official EU language. To participate in the consultation, please register here.
To get more information about the public consultation, please click here.