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25. -27. September 2019, Toulouse (FR)

7th Conference of the EAHL Innovation and Health care: new challenges for Europe

Ageing populations and the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases put European countries face to new challenges in their ability to provide better-integrated and sustainable health and social services including expensive and innovative treatments. Thus, guidance and regulation must be continuously adapted and updated to allow the development of innovative clinical solutions and more complex therapeutics (e.g. stratified and personalized medicine, advanced therapies...).

Healthcare innovation should not only be assessed from a scientific perspective, but also in the wider context whereby clinical benefits, economic / health-outcome improvements and the respect of patients' rights are demonstrable and rewarded appropriately. In this open Innovation strategy, all stakeholders, governments, policymakers and service providers, have to strike a delicate balance together between delivering high quality and accessible healthcare, while containing costs and putting patients first. To this aim cooperation and adequate legal and ethical frameworks taking into account societal, ethical, economic and human rights issues are essential.

The topics of the conference are: 1) Innovative medicine 2) Innovative health products and research 3) Innovative care and patient rights 4) Access to healthcare and innovation 5) E-health and data protection 6) Intellectual property 7 ) Innovation in treatments for the elderly 8) Involvement of patients in innovative health care 9) Links between ethics and law in innovation 10) Other health law topics.

12 workshops are planed (see on the web site). The conference is organized under the auspices of the Council of Europe and a workshop on Bioethics and human rights will be coordinated by the CoE.

Contact: Anne-Marie Duguet Chair person of the conference aduguet(at)