The European Biosafety Network was established following the adoption of the new European Directive on Preventing Sharps Injuries (2010/32/EU) with a commitment to improve the safety of patients and healthcare and non-healthcare workers. The founding partners of the Network are the Spanish General Council of Nursing and the British public services union UNISON.
The Network is an inclusive organisation made up of national and European professional institutions, representative associations, unions and other interested parties committed to biological and occupational safety in healthcare throughout the European Union.
The Network's primary focus has been on promoting and encouraging the early legislative implementation of the Directive 2010/32/EU in Member States by raising awareness, providing guidance, the dissemination of information and effective reporting and monitoring. It will extend its focus to other significant exposure areas as the need arises, particularly regarding the safe handling of toxic and dangerous biologic and chemical substances in healthcare settings.
The Network is supported by the following organisations:
- Spanish Council of Nurses
- POUZP (Czech professional trade union of healthcare workers)
- Health First Europe
- European Federation of Nurses Associations
- Jefferson Communications
5th European Biosafety Summit, 3 June 2015, European Parliament, Brussels
Glenis Wilmott MEP opened the 5th European Biosafety Summit in Brussels on Wednesday 3rd June 2015. Along with members of the European Biosafety Network, the Summit welcomed guests from the European Commission including Dr Francisco Alvarez, Health, Safety and Hygiene at Work Unit and Stefano Martinelli, responsible for the European Social Dialogue committees.
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4th European Biosafety Summit – 2 December 2013
The 4th European Biosafety Summit will be held at the Polish Parliament in Warsaw.
Following the success of previous Summits held in Madrid, Dublin and London, this year’s summit will be held approximately 6 months after the deadline for Member States to transpose and implement the EU Council Directive on prevention of sharps injuries in the hospital and health care sector (2010/32/EU).
The timing of the Summit will provide the perfect opportunity to provide an update on the transposition and implementation of the Directive and the practical steps that employers and workers are taking to comply with it, as well as challenges being faced in the Member States. The European Federation of Nurses Associations will present the results of a questionnaire on practical implementation in the workplace in the various Member States and there will also be a presentation analysing the legal transposition of the Directive by Member States.
Most attendees of the Summit will have worked for many years to help achieve legislative requirements. We now need to ensure that the Directive is effectively applied so that all the workers in Europe finally receive the protection that they deserve.
The European Biosafety Network was established in 2010 as a virtual network of national and European professional institutions, representative associations, unions and other interested organisations. It is committed to the elimination of sharps injuries throughout the EU to improve the safety of patients and healthcare and non-healthcare workers. The majority of injuries have been proven to be avoidable with the implementation of effective education and training of workers, the promotion of best and safer practices and the use of safety engineered medical technologies.
European Biosafety Summit, London, 1 June 2012
The European Biosafety Network, UNISON, and the Royal College of Nursing welcomed delegates from all across Europe to the UNISON Centre, London for the 3rd European Biosafety Summit, on 1st June 2012.
Keynote speakers included representatives from the European Commission, EU-OSHA, the Health and Safety Executive and the Social Partners, EPSU and HOSPEEM.
The Summit highlighted the importance of the European Directive on Sharps Injuries for the safety of patients and healthcare and support staff and provided a great opportunity to share best practice on the practical steps that employers and workers can take to prepare for the implementation of the Directive by 11th May 2013.
Speakers took the opportunity to report on the progress made in the implementation of the directive across EU member states.
L-R: Janet Davies, Director of Nursing and Service Delivery, RCN; Dean Royles, Director, NHS Employers; Cliff Williams, Chair, European Biosafety Network; Dr Mike Ashton (who spoke to delegates about his own experience contracting acute Hepatitis C after suffering a sharps injury); and Christina McAnea, National Secretary for Health, UNISON.
European Biosafety Summit, Dublin, 1 June 2011
The European Biosafety Network and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation hosted the 2nd European Biosafety Summit in Dublin on Wednesday 1 June 2011. The Summit was held in the Coach House, Dublin Castle, and was addressed by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor and representatives from European Member States.
The European Biosafety Summit highlighted the impact of sharps injuries and reported on progress within the Member States and across Europe towards implementation of the Sharps Directive and its transposition into national legislation. The European Biosafety Network published a practical toolkit for implementation at the Summit which can be downloaded below.
The toolkit is also available in Spanish, German, Italian and French on the resources page.
L-R: Cliff Williams, Assistant General Secretary UNISON and Co-Chair European Biosafety Network; Sheila Dickson, INMO President; Mary Davis (Speaker); Prof Dr Máximo González Jurado, President of the Spanish General Council of Nursing and Co-Chair of the European Biosafety Network; Annette Kennedy, Director of Professional Development INMO; Dr Blanaid Hayes (Speaker), Liam Doran General Secretary, INMO
The Network hosted the 1st European Biosafety Summit in Madrid between 1-2 June 2010 which coincided with the publication of the European Directive in the Official European Journal on 1 June.
Prof Dr Máximo González Jurado, Co-Chair of the European Biosafety Summit and President of the Spanish General Council of Nursing (CGE), opens the Summit
Prof Dr Máximo González Jurado, Co-Chair of the European Biosafety Summit and President of the Spanish General Council of Nursing (CGE), Jose Martinez Olmos, Spanish Secretary-General of Health, Cliff Williams, Co-Chair of the European Biosafety Summit and Regional Secretary of UNISON
Cliff Williams, Co-Chair of the European Biosafety Summit and Regional Secretary of UNISON addresses the Summit