european parliament 1Brussels 6 June 2016 // On 30 May, the European Parliament Committee Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) voted in favour of the adoption of the own-initiative report on the implementation of CRPD Concluding Observations published in September 2015 ( Implementation of the UN CRPD with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee). At the end of 2015, the EMPL Committee started drafting its own-initiative report led by MEP Helga Stevens.

Lieven ECRD2016 2Brussels 01 June 2016 // The 8th European Conference on Rare Diseases & Orphan Products (ECRD) was held on May 27th to 28th. The two days before, May 25th to 26th, the 2016 Rare Diseases International and Eurordis Membership Meetings took place in the same premises, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

priority assistive product list27 May 2016, Brussels // During the 69th World Health Assembly side event “Assistive Technology for all” WHO launched the WHO Priority Assistive Products List (APL), the 50 priority assistive products.

Today only 1 in 10 people have access to assistive technology, due to a lack of financing, availability, awareness, trained personnel, and high costs. There are already large underserved populations for basic assistive products, even in high-income countries. This represents a wider system failure and lack of appropriate policy, products and services across the world.

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