United States and the European Union
Transatlantic Task Force on urgent Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR)
The Transatlantic Task Force on urgent Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) was launched on November 3, 2009 by the United States and the European Union (EU) with these objectives:
- Increase mutual understanding of US and EU activities and programs pertinent to antimicrobial resistance issues
- Extend the transatlantic dialogue and uphold information exchange, coordination and co-operation
TATFAR is made up of government representatives from the US Department of Health and Human Services, various European Union agencies, and representatives from the EU Trip Presidency of Spain, Belgium and Hungary.
Further information is available on the TATFAR website .
Secretary Sebelius and Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2010 to support collaboration in health related information and communication technologies. The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) partners with the Commission, as well as individual EU Member States and governmental and nongovernmental organizations, to provide leadership in the development, recognition, and implementation of standards and the certification of health IT products.
Transatlantic Economic Council
The United States and the European Union are committed to increasing the efficiency and transparency of transatlantic economic cooperation and to accelerating the reduction and elimination of barriers to trade and investment. The Transatlantic Economic Council is a joint framework for advancing economic cooperation and is the primary forum for economic dialogue between the US and EU. HHS participates in a variety of TEC activities, especially those related to drug and device safety and health information technology.
Further information is available at:
- Transatlantic Economic Council
- Transatlantic Economic Council/High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum