The BioMed Alliance organises its annual Spring Meeting on 14 May bringing together a diverse group of representatives from member societies. Delegates will meet in Brussels to discuss the European Elections, Plan S and Open Access Publishing and internal BioMed Alliance affairs.

During the morning session, high-level representatives from Wellcome trust and the European Commission will engage in a discussion on Plan S with publication experts from our member organisations. This is a topic of great interest as it potentially changes the publication landscape and has significant consequences for both researchers and academic societies.

The speaker list includes:

Keynote speaker: Robert Kiley, Head of Open Science at Wellcome Trust

  • Panellists:
  • Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit Open data Policies and Science Cloud, European Commission
  • Prof. Laszlo Fesus, Chair of the FEBS Publications Committee
  • Jan Cools, editor-in-chief of the HemaSphere journal, EHA
  • Thomas F. Lüscher, editor in Chief of the European Heart Journal / Valentina Tursini, Scientific Publications Director, ESC

We look forward to fruitful discussions. The full programme and more information can be found here.

Medical societies from different disciplines cooperate within the Biomedical Alliance in Europe (BioMed Alliance) to work towards becoming a strong common voice for high-quality Continuing Medical Education (CME) in Europe. Medical societies play a key role in the provision of high-quality education to medical professionals e.g. in the form of congresses, e-learning modules, guidelines, journals and other scientific publications.

The BioMed Alliance taskforce on the future of CME has produced an article raising awareness on the importance of unbiased and qualitative medical education. The article was written by a number of leading academics and is published ahead of print by the American Journal of Medicine on PubMed. The aim of the article is to reflect on the role of industry in CME Provision and to identify the balance that is ultimately right for patients.

A CME Experts Standing Committee was also recently established to allow for continued discussions and cooperation on medical education. The Committee held its first formal meeting on 17 April and consists of experts in medical education from BioMed Alliance medical societies. The CME Experts Committee aims to foster cooperation between medical societies and explores potential actions to guarantee excellence of educational activities. It will work together with different stakeholders to set standards on how scientific societies plan and deliver educational programmes to achieve high quality medical education for the benefit of its members with an ultimate focus on better patient care.

Update April

Update March

The Biomedical Alliance in Europe produced a statement outlining the practical consequences of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on health research. While the overarching purpose of the regulation is commendable, in practice researchers experience that its implementation hinders health research.

BioMed Alliance statement on Data protection Regulation

Scientific communities from industry and academia through the Biomedical Alliance in Europe (BioMed Alliance) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) have teamed up to address the gaps within the translational research ecosystem and call for more focus and funding for translational research and pan European mechanisms for coordination and implementation

Read the joint statement here

Update February

biomed esicmWe are glad to welcome the  European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) to the Biomedical Alliance in Europe, bringing the total amount of members to 30. ESICM unites more than 9000 professionals in intensive care medicine and we are sure that the organisation will provide valuable input and expertise in our activities. 

ESICM was established in 1982 and the organisation supports and promotes the advancement of knowledge in intensive care medicine through education, research and professional development.

The number of specialties and the diversity in our membership continue to increase allowing us to work intensively on even more projects.

Update January

BioMed Alliance Members have produced a cartoon highlighting the importance of high-quality and unbiased continuing medical education for medical professionals.

Medical professionals participate in continuing education to keep their knowledge up to date and to be able to provide the best standard of care to their patients. This education is provided by independent medical associations that rely on networks of experts. It is vital that they are able to continue this important mission and that education for doctors remains impartial and based on the most relevant and reliable scientific information.

Today, experts from the Biomedical Alliance in Europe (BioMed Alliance) are advising the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy, on the clinical evaluation of high-risk medical devices. Representatives of the healthcare professions will discuss how scientists and clinicians can help to implement the new EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and the new EU In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR).

Read the press release here

BioMed Alliance welcomes the initiative proposed by Coalition S and supports the promotion of open access publishing. Nonetheless, we have certain concerns about the scope and implementation of Plan S, which aims to promote open access and ensure that scientific publications that receive funding from its members are made freely accessible immediately upon publication. BioMed Alliance has issued a statement outlining its feedback on Plan S.

Read the BioMed Alliance statement here

 

The Biomedical Alliance in Europe (the BioMed Alliance) is happy to announce that two new members have joined the ranks in January 2019. We would like to welcome the European Brain Council (EBC) and the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) to the BioMed Alliance and we look forward to a fruitful cooperation. This year has already had a good start and there are many more interesting activities and events to look forward to.

The EBC aims to promote brain research to improve the quality of life of people that live with mental or neurological conditions. It is a platform that fosters interaction between societies, patient organisations, professional societies and industry partners. You can find more info here: https://www.braincouncil.eu/ 

EFORT promotes the exchange of scientific knowledge and experience in the field of prevention and both the conservative and surgical treatment of diseases and injuries related to the musculo-skeletal system. It brings together national orthopaedic and trauma associations from 39 countries across Europe. You can find more info here: https://www.efort.org/

We are sure that both new members will provide valuable new input to the activities of the BioMed Alliance therefore we can continue to advance biomedical innovation at European level.

The BioMed Alliance supports the European Parliament ITRE (Industry, Research, Energy) Committee proposal to establish a Steering Board for Health under Horizon Europe and to increase the research programme budget to €120 billion. We welcome the Partial General Approach, reached by the Competitiveness Council on 30 November as well.

The BioMed Alliance encourages the members of the European Parliament to reach an agreement as soon as possible and to vote on the rapporteurs’ reports on Horizon Europe, the flagship programme of research and innovation at the European Union level. Therefore, the research community calls on EU policymakers to initiate trialogue inter- institutional negotiations without delay and to establish a Steering Board for health to maximize the European potential in research and innovation.

Read the BioMed Alliance statement here

The BioMed Alliance submitted written recommendations, in response to the call for consultation on Scientific bodies under the new EU legislative framework. The new  EU Medical Device Regulation 2017/745 (MDR) foresees an independent mechanism of scrutiny of conformity assessment of certain high-risk medical devices (class III and IIb) which is going to be conducted by expert panels. The expert panels will address a range of clinical areas of relevance such as:

  • Provision of advice in relation to implementation of the EU Medical Device Regulation 2017/745 (MDR), and of the EU In-vitro Diagnostics Regulation 2017/746 (IVDR)
  • Scrutiny of the clinical evaluation dossiers of certain high-risk medical devices

The BioMed Alliance’s response can be found here.

The BioMed Alliance is teaming up with other European Organisations to hold a EU Health Summit on 29 November 2018 in Brussels. We are leading one of the 4 working groups on Research and Innovation.

The BioMed Alliance along with the partner organisations have put together recommendations for a shared vision for the future of health in Europe, calling upon the next European Commission and European Parliament to bring about necessary changes.

The working group on Research and Innovation has proposed 4 main recommendations to foster health research is Europe.

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You can find more info here

Please find the recommendations here:

Key recommendations for a healthier Europe

Recommendations in full

A Steering Board for Health should coordinate health programmes and health missions under Horizon Europe, guide applicants and create greater visibility for European health research programmes.

The outline of such a steering board for health is presented as an amendment in the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The BioMed Alliance supports the introduction of the amendment 551 and calls on the members of the European Parliament involved in the Horizon Europe political negotiations to maintain the Steering Board for Health proposal in the text legislation. It is time to walk the talk and to ensure deeper and longer-term collaborative and transnational initiatives that address the current gaps in the ‘innovation cycle’ and strengthen cross-fertilisation and collaboration across all relevant disciplines.

Read the BioMed Alliance statement here

On November 29, the BioMed Alliance along with a large number of European organisations involved in health and healthcare policy will host the first ever high-level EU Health Summit to discuss the future of health at EU level. Bringing together European leaders, policy makers and health stakeholders, the summit will take a fresh look into how Europe could develop and take the lead in areas such as research and innovation, health data and digital health, healthcare organisation and financing as well as health in all policies. The aim of the Summit is to distil recommendations for the next European Commission and European Parliament to bring the necessary changes about.

If you would like to attend, please Register here and find more info euhealthsummit.eu/ 

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The BioMed Alliance has joined 18 EU-level health organisations who have come together to ensure that the needs of patients are prioritised during the Brexit negotiations. This event will explore what pragmatic steps can be taken by EU decision-makers to ensure patients and public health are not forgotten during the Article 50 negotiations, regardless of how the talks progress. It will consider what can be done to ensure public health and health security are prioritised during those talks.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof. Gerd R. Burmester - Professor of Medicine in the Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the Charité University Hospital, Free University and Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge - Associate Professor in Public Policy and the Programme Director for the MA in Public Policy
  • Yvonne Stewart - Head of Brexit Implementation at GlaxoSmithKline
  • Prof. Stafford Lightman - Professor of Medicine at the University of Bristol and Director of the Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Integrative Neuroscience and Endocrinology
  • Prof. Wilfried Ellmeier - Professor of Immunobiology at the Institute of Immunology, Medical University of Vienna
  • Derick Mitchell - Chief Executive of The Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry
  • Adina-Ioana Vălean MEP - Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

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Registration

The event will take place on 27 September 9.00 – 11.00 am, Room 4Q2, European Parliament. If you would like to attend, please register your details by 20 September.

Precision medicine approaches the treatment of disease via an individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle. It will allow the accurate prediction of which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular condition will work for whom – either as an individual or a group. It is therefore patient-centred as opposed to the former ‘one size fits all’ approach, and as such it needs a totally new approach, says a White Paper from the BioMed Alliance

More info here

Read the BioMed Alliance White Paper here

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