Public consultation on Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority open now
The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the need for coordinated EU level action to respond to health emergencies. On 31 March, the European Commission launched an online public consultation on the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA).
Part of the EU's answer to the COVID-19 pandemic and a strong European Health Union, HERA aims to improve Europe's capacity and readiness to respond to cross-border health threats and emergencies.
HERA will provide a dedicated structure to support the development, manufacturing, and deployment of medical countermeasures during a health crisis of natural or deliberate origin. It will use foresight, surveillance, and market intelligence to plan and coordinate medical countermeasures.
HERA will also provide a permanent structure for risk modelling, global surveillance, technology transfers, manufacturing capacity, supply chain risk mapping, flexible manufacturing capacity, and vaccine and medicine research and development.
Consultation open now
If you are a medical cluster or SME, you can participate in this consultation until 12 May.
Find out more and have your say here.