EU starts consultation process on HERA
The European Commission launched an online public consultation on the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA). This new BARDA-like body aims to improve Europe’s capacity and readiness to respond to cross-border health threats and emergencies.
As of 31 March, a public consultation will be open for six weeks, consisting of questions on:
- the EU’s framework to develop, manufacture and deploy medical countermeasures;
- anticipatory threat and risk assessments;
- market dynamics and supply chain intelligence;
- development and financing of new countermeasures in times of crisis;
- impact, role, scope and coordination of a future HERA.
HERA is part of the European Health Union as announced by President von der Leyen in her September 2020 State of the Union address. It will provide a dedicated structure to support the development, manufacturing and deployment of medical countermeasures during a health crisis of natural or deliberate origin. HERA could use foresight, surveillance and market intelligence to plan and coordinate medical countermeasures.
Preparing the ground for the new Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority, on 17 February the Commission launched the new European bio-defence preparedness plan against COVID-19 variants called “HERA Incubator.” HERA will build on the actions launched through the Incubator and provide a permanent structure for risk modelling, global surveillance, technology transfers, manufacturing capacity, supply chain risk mapping, flexible manufacturing capacity and vaccine and medicine research and development.
The consultation will run for 6 weeks, until 12 May 2021.
In parallel to the public consultation, the Commission will also hold talks with Member States and stakeholders.
The exact remit of HERA will be set out in a legislative proposal later this year. The Commission will consider the feedback received before finalising the legislative proposal.
Please find more information here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_21_1522