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European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPAHA)

The pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing aims to increase theaverage healthy lifespan in the EU by 2 years by 2020.  It pursues a triple win for Europe:

  • Improving the health and quality of life of Europeans with a focus on older people;
  • Supporting the long-term sustainability and efficiency of health and social care systems;
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of EU industry through business and expansion in new markets.Active and healthy ageing is a societal challenge shared by all European countries. It is an opportunity for Europe to establish itself as a global leader that is capable of providing innovative responses.

How does the partnership work? The pilot Partnership provides a forum for stakeholders through a series of workshops, involving:

  • stakeholders from the demand and supply side;
  • actors from all stages in the innovation cycle, from research to translation (adaptation), deployment and final users;
  • stakeholders from standardisation and regulation.

  A high-level Steering Group assists with the preparatory work. Its main role is to draw up a strategic implementation plan (SIP) with operational recommendations. Communicationon the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. On 29 February 2012, the Commission adopted a Communication (85 KB) on the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. This Communication sets out concrete measures to improve elderly citizens' lives, helping them to contribute to society as they grow older, and reducing pressure on health and care systems - ultimately contributing to sustainable growth.  The Communication identifies priority areas for actions by health authorities, health professionals, businesses and other relevant stakeholders.

Bron: ec.europa.eu/health/ageing/innovation/

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