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Parliamentary questions
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1 November 2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004360/2018

The World Health Organisation (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10)(1) already includes Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis in code G93.3 for Postviral fatigue syndrome. The draft ICD-11 maintains this disease in code 8E49 Postviral fatigue syndrome. The Commission works with the Member States on the development of the ICD. However, as an observer at the WHO, the Commission does not intend to make formal representations regarding official recognition of any disease.

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation — Horizon 2020 (2014-2020)(2) — provides many opportunities for supporting research on myalgic encephalomyelitis. These efforts aim to advance basic understanding of the disease, provide better diagnostic tools, and develop new and improved therapeutic interventions. Information on the current funding opportunities is available via the Participant Portal(3). The Commission also supports the COST programme for European Cooperation in Science and Technology. COST recently created an integrated network of researchers working on myalgic encephalomyelitis — EUROMENE(4).

As regards education and training of health and social care professionals, in accordance with Articles 165 and 166 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU(5) Member States are responsible for the content and the organisation of their education systems and vocational training. At the same time, in accordance with Article 168 of the Treaty, Member States are also responsible for the organisation and delivery of health services and medical care.


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