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Labelling is part of a bigger picture. Monique Goyens, Director General at the European Consumers’ Organisation BEUC, talks about the many vectors of information which can be used to reach consumers: education and schools, governmental channels, consumer groups. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/TJ_NFvMikEM” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

MEP Renate Sommer has worked extensively on information to consumers, and has served as the European Parliament’s rapporteur on food labelling. In this interview released at the 8th December EurActiv Stakeholder Workshop she provides an update on the state of talks between Parliament and Council. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/PmI_kroK91s” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

People who work in healthcare occasionally become a little insular, forgetting sometimes to take a step outside of their own sector. Likewise, those of us who work in pharmaceuticals tend to think of solutions and outcomes in pharmaceutical terms, desp…

There is an interesting article in the New England Journal of Medicine today (as authoritative as medical journals get), entitled Untangling the Web — Patients, Doctors, and the Internet. It addresses the issue of the changing flow of information bet…

We noted in the obituary columns recently the death of Sir James Black. Sir James was a huge figure in the development of modern medicines, yet was probably not as well known as perhaps he should have been, despite a number of landmark contributions. H…

Like more than 100 other people, I attended the European Voice Health Check debate on “The right to know? Should information to patients be restricted?” this week. As ever in this contentious topic, there were many good observations and points ma…

The current crisis in the financial market has highlighted the need to ensure greater transparency in the market as well as greater protection (equally across Europe) and involvement of consumers, who are usually the end users, especially since consumer expenditure generates a significant part of the EU’s wealth. Due to the sophisticated and complex nature… » read more

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