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We work with the UK Government and its representation in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and other health, professional and patient groups active in Brussels to ensure that laws and policies developed by the EU take account of the needs of cancer research and cancer patients.

The European Union (EU) passes laws and promotes research cooperation which can have a major impact on the health of citizens and the environment for conducting cancer research in the UK and across Europe. The organisation and delivery of healthcare, however, remains a solely national issue.

The EU passes laws and rules on issues such as product safety, public health and consumer and patient rights. When these laws are being introduced or updated, it is important to ensure our perspectives and suggestions are heard by the EU Institutions – the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers – which, collectively, make the new laws. We work with other medical research charities, academia and health organisations to provide joint responses and policy statements. We also coordinate the EU-UK Health and Science Policy Group for UK organisations to meet and share information about EU issues.

The EU also brings experts together from across Europe to discuss major health and research challenges, to share ideas and best practice and to develop recommendations or standards. In the area of cancer, there have been many years of cooperation amongst the scientific and physician communities. This has led to EU Recommendations on cancer screening, rare diseases and smoke-free policies. Funding also is available for researchers under EU Research Programmes.

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