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Table 3 Ranking of influential policy outputs of EU-level public health policy, March/April 2012

From: Twentieth anniversary of the European Union health mandate: taking stock of perceived achievements, failures and missed opportunities – a qualitative study

Categories N
Secondary legislation and court decisions
Patients' rights decisions by the European court of justice 12
Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border care 10
Directive on tobacco advertising 9
 Directive on blood safety 5
 WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control 4
 Directive on professional qualifications 3
 Regulation 1408/71 3
 Directives on tobacco products 2
 REACH regulation of chemical substances 2
Soft laws, strategies and programmes  
First and second public health programme 9
Together for health: 2008-2013 6
Framework for action in the field of public health 5
Towards modern, responsive and sustainable health systems (2011/C 202/04) 5
Europe 2020, Europe’s growth strategy 5
 Health in All Policies 4
 Information to Patients 3
 Open Method of Coordination 3
 Solidarity in health: reducing health inequalities 3
 Council recommendation on patient safety 2
 Framework Programmes on health research 2
 White paper on governance 2
 Green paper on the European workforce for health 0
Agencies, centres, organizations  
European Medicine Agency 15
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control 13
European Food Safety Authority 9
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies 6
 European Agency for Accreditation of Education in Public Health 1
 European Chemicals Agency 1
 European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions 1
 European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug addiction 1
 Social Protection Committee 1
 European Commission Food and Veterinary Office 0
 European Commission Joint Research Centre institutes 0
 Health Intergroup at the Committee of the Regions 0
Networks, policy platforms, cooperation  
European presidencies 13
Cooperation EC with OECD and WHO 8
European Health Policy Forum 6
Network epidemiological surveillance and control of infectious diseases 6
Network on Health Technology Assessment 6
 European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health 3
 eHealth Network 2
 European involvement in GATS discussion 2
 European Committee of Experts on Rare Diseases 2
 European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion 1
 European Innovation Platform on Active and Healthy Ageing 0
 European Network of Health Promoting Schools 0
 Joint Action Health Workforce Planning 0
Work on health determinants 10
Best practice exchange 8
Scientific reports that influenced European policy-making 7
 Budget of the European Union 5
 Common Agriculture Policy reform 4
 Alcohol regulation 3
 HEIDI data tool 2
 Initiatives on Roma and excluded groups 1
 Project database on DG SANCO website 1
 Work on public health core competencies by ASPHER 1
  1. ASPHER: Association of Schoold for Public Health in the European Region.
  2. DG SANCO: Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection.
  3. EC: European Commission.
  4. GATS: General Agreement on Trade in Services.
  5. HEIDI: Health in Europe: Information and Data Interface.
  6. OECD: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
  7. WHO: World Health Organization.