24 Feb, 2022

Parliament adopted its final recommendations for a comprehensive and coordinated EU strategy to fight cancer

With 40% of cancers preventable through targeting behaviour related risk factors, calls were made for effective prevention measures at both national and EU level based on science-based methods and independent expertise.

These include programmes to stop smoking and to promote a reduction in alcohol related harm. There were further calls for front-of-pack nutritional labels for foods alongside setting occupational exposure limit values for an additional 25 substances.

MEPs also called for increased access to healthcare services and participation in clinical trials in other EU countries. Furthermore, existing legislative framework reforms should be made to allow for mobility and access to specialized equipment and care with a single set of rules to approve and reimburse cross-border healthcare. To ensure further accessibility and affordability, MEPs advocated for extending joint procurement procedures for medicines, in particular rare, paediatric and novel cancer medications and treatments. They also call for the diversification of cancer drug medicine supply chains and to monitor shortages and create strategic stockpiles.

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