TOWARDS HIGHER PATIENT SAFETY IN EUROPEAN HOSPITALS. Innovation in hygiene and sanification to reduce healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance

4-5 February 2019

Patient safety is the reduction of risk of unnecessary harm associated with health care to an acceptable minimum. An acceptable minimum refers to the collective notions of current knowledge, resources available and the context in which care was delivered and weighed against the risk of non-treatment or alternative treatment (WHO 2004).


The Engagement of Cittadinanzattiva on Vaccination

Cittadinanzattiva has a more than 30 year experience in the protection of citizens' rights in the health sector, which initiated with its Tribunale per i diritti del malato ("Tribunal for Patients' Rights" or TDM) in 1980 and was later strengthened through the Coordinamento nazionale Associazioni Malati Cronici (National Coordination Centre of Chronic Patients' Associations) in 1996.


Dialogue between Medicines for Europe and Active Citizenship Network

Since 2017 Medicines for Europe, through its Value Added Medicines Group, and Cittadinanzattiva Onlus, through its international branch Active Citizenship Network, have decided to cooperate for a better access to healthcare across Europe and for a better respect of patients' rights, starting from the patients’ right of access to healthcare, the patients’ right to innovation and the patients’ right to personalized treatment. In particular:


Value Added Medicine Dialogue


In line with our increasing cooperation for a the better access to healthcare across Europe and in the field of patients' rights, starting from the Patients’ Right of Access, the Patients’ Right to Innovation and the Patients’ Right to Personalized Treatment, Active Citizenship Network has decided to co-organize the "Value added medicines dialogue" a workshop at European level on the 20 of November in Brussels. 

The purpose of this initiative is to provide for a selected number of leaders of patients’ organizations and advocacy groups across Europe an updated overview about the option of the value added medicines, to know more about the incremental innovation in drugs and to facilitate an exchange views on key policy developments related to value added medicines.


Active Citizens in Europe advocate for vaccination - Training Seminar

6th   November 2018

The 6th of November, ACN organized in Brussels an European training seminar on the theme of life-course vaccination opened to 20 selected leaders of civic and patients associations coming from different countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Albania, Kosovo, Croatia, Malta...). The reason was to responds to the need to be more up-to-date and prepared in the face of a phenomenon (the decrease in vaccination coverage) that has returned to topical relevance; to better identify, recognize and struggle the increased external factors that can negatively influence the vaccine policy in EU Member States and have updated information & knowing how to recognize official sources of information.


Active Citizens in Europe advocate for vaccination - Program

7th November 2018
PHS 01C047
10.00 -12.00
European Parliament
Hosted by MEP David Borrelli, NI



Moderator:  Suzanne Wait, The Health Policy Partnership

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome address

MEP David Borrelli, Group of non-attached Members

Mariano Votta, Director of Active Citizenship Network Read the speech



Therapeutic adherence: value the impact for patients and healthcare system (PROGRAMME)



Therapeutic adherence: value the impact for patients and healthcare system

23 May 2018   9:30 - 13:00 
Room PHS - P7C050, European Parliament


Translation EN – ITA will be provided


Therapeutic adherence: value the impact for patients and healthcare system (BIO)


23 May 2018  9:30 - 13:00
Room PHS - P7C050, European Parliament


Memorandum of Understanding between Pain Alliance Europe and Active Citizenship Network signed

Last 21 of November 2017 in the Bruxelles office of Pain Alliance Europe,  Active Citizenship Network (ACN) and Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) have officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the cooperation between the BMP Patient Centred Innovation Grant managed by PAE and the European Civic Prize on Chronic Pain managed by ACN. This agreement reinforce the already strong cooperation in the field on chronic pain between the two organizations and, first of all, allow to them to better merge their mentioned initiatives.


European Civic Prize on Chronic Pain Collecting Good Practices Second edition 2018-2019

Logo eucivicprize second edition

Active Citizenship Network launched the second edition of the bi- annual research-project at the European level “EU Civic Prize on Chronic Pain - Collection of good practices” with the aim to highlight existing good practices in several European countries in terms of struggle against pain.

In particular, this second edition allows us to expand the “agora” of operators of good practices on pain, encouraging the exchange of experiences among health professionals, healthcare providers, Institutions, civic associations and patient advocacy groups.

Aims of the project

  • Giving continuity to the successful collection of good practices “EU Civic Prize on Chronic Pain - Collection of good practices” - First Edition.
  • Enriching European and national experiences, expertise, data and benchmarking on chronic pain.
  • Fostering the multi-stakeholder platform of operators of good practices on pain, created in the last years of ACN’ projects on chronic pain, at European and national level.

Application closed

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The Application period has finished! It was open from June 2018 to April 2019. The participants entered a  good practice by completing an on-line form. The award was open to any healthcare stakeholder: patients’ associations, health professionals, private and public hospitals, universities, etc.

The types of good practice to be identified has been classified as follows:

  • Patients’ empowerment
  • Innovation
  • Clinical practices
  • Professional education

Read more  in the Guidelines 2018-2019

There will be 4 prizes –one project in each category- allocated by the Jury (see below the members) to the 4 best submissions
The winners will be offered the opportunity to share their projects in a public meeting pain related
and a Publication in English in a suitable journal.

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony has been celebrated in Brussels on 6th November 2019 during a welcome reception which took place in the Concert Noble. The event has been realized in the framework of the SIP Symposium 2019. See the detailed programme of the event and all the presentations


For more information, please contact Daniela Quaggia: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other information:
“EU Civic Prize on Chronic Pain - Collection of good practices” - First Edition.
The Engagement of Cittadinanzattiva in the Fight against Useless Pain
Good practice: the policy of Cittadinanzattiva

Active Citizenship Network is responsible for the scientific design and contents of this Project, that has been  realized with the financial and non-financial support of



The Jury of the Prize is composed by the following project partners:

 echo efic  emha  Emnipre Spain 
 hope  Pain Alliance  sine dolore  uehp



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