Overview of events

You can find all health policy events over the course of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union that concern the Federal Ministry of Health, its remit and the associated programme in our Events Calendar. Please note that some events are reserved for specific specialist groups and are not open to the general public.

Disclaimer in light of the current situation

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to events within the framework of Germany’s Presidency or their format may arise at short notice. All entries in the calendar are therefore subject to change.

Events MoH online

Building genomics: genomDE - National and European initiatives

Building genomics: genomDE - National and European initiatives conference, scheduled on 30th November 2020, will be an opportunity for high-level joint reflection on the most relevant national and European initiatives in genomics in the frame of the presentation fo the genomDE initiative to a professional audience for the first time.

Stakeholders across the scientific, healthcare, academic, political and managerial organisations, will be invited to join the debate for genomics and contribute for the establishment of genomDE. The event will also provide a forum for discussion on the challenges and opportunities linked to the implementation and management of genomics, as well as the analysis of the transferability and adaptability of the best practices in genomics to the German Health System.

The Building genomics: genomDE - National and European initiatives conference will be a virtual event and participants will be able to contribute to the discussion online and meet speakers through virtual networking opportunities.

This is a non-public digital event.

More Information: The German Genomics Initiative - genomDE

Associated programme online

Medicines for Future – How to ensure availability and access

The conference will discuss with a strong involvement of the heads of European medicines agencies the major challenges for a sustainable supply of both prescription and non-prescription medicines as well as other consumer health products. Special attention will be paid to issues such as medicines‘ shortages, real world data but also to the switch of medicines from prescription to non-prescription status.  Overarching theme in all areas is digitalisation in health care.

This event is public and organised by the German Medicines Manufacturers' Association (BAH).

Contact: Friederike Gruner-Gramstadt, gruner@bah-bonn(dot)de

More Information: German Medicines Manufacturers' Association

Associated programme online

Medicines shortages: Giving up? Finding solutions!

Medicines shortages have been part of everyday life in Europe for some years now. The reasons for this are complex and lie, for instance, in the structures of the highly globalised and specialised pharmaceutical production. For certain active ingredients there are currently only a few manufacturers worldwide. Loss of production or quality problems in a single plant could then be enough to endanger the supply of medicines to patients in Europe. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has now exacerbated this situation and ignited a new debate at EU level. Together with a high-level panel consisting of Members of the European Parliament, members of the European Commission and representatives of international pharmacists' associations and the pharmaceutical industry, ABDA - Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists would like to shed light on the challenges surrounding this problem and discuss possible solutions. #medicinesshortages

This event is public and organised by the Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists (ABDA).

Contact: Dr. Jens Gobrecht, europa@abda(dot)de

Events Brussels presence

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO)

The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) of the EU ministers of health will meet in Brussels on 2 December 2020 at the invitation of German Federal Minister Jens Spahn. In the public health area, the Council adopts legislation on healthcare-related topics together with the EU Parliament while preserving the competences of each member state, e.g. with the aim of improving the health of EU citizens or EU rapid response capacities.

More Information: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council configuration (EPSCO) (European Council)



Institutional programme online

Meeting of the Working Group of Communication Professionals (WGCP)

The Working Group of Communications Professionals (WGCP) was established in 2007 by the Heads of Medicines (HMA) to actively shape and expand communications expertise across the network. To this end, the WGCP shares good practice, coordinates communications across the HMA network in a crisis and helps develop and improve the HMA’s website. In addition, it fosters the professional communication between the HMA and its stakeholders (for instance patients, physicians, veterinarians, pharmaceutical industry, and other healthcare professionals) and the general public (including the media).

This event is non-puplic and organized by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices.

More Information: Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA)




Associated programme online

BVMed Convention on Hygiene

The BVMed Hygiene Convention addresses important topics and issues in the field of hygiene and infection control in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities. A pandemic such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected the entire EU since early 2020, highlights the need for effective infection control. Strict adherence to basic preventive measures protects against the spread of infections and thus saves lives. In addition to this topic, this year's BVMed Hygiene Convention will focus on innovative, and in particular digital, support options in the EU: Which offers in the field of hygiene and infection protection are already available today? Where would digital offers be particularly useful? How can digital communication between sectors in the healthcare system ensure better care outcomes? Which innovative and alternative concepts – also within the professional field of the nurse – are there beyond that to effectively and efficiently implement infection control? #RechtaufHygiene

This event is public and organised by the German Medical Technology Association (BVMed).

Contact: Lena Geppert, geppert@bvmed(dot)de

More Information: bvmed