Research Handbook on EU Health Law and Policy
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Research Handbook on EU Health Law and Policy

Edited by Tamara K. Hervey, Calum A. Young and Louise E. Bishop

The steady expansion of the European Union’s involvement in health over the past 20 years has been accelerated by recent events. This handbook offers an up-to-date analytical overview of the most important topics in EU health law and policy. It outlines, as far as possible, the direction of travel for each topic and suggests research agenda(s) for the future.
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Chapter 13: EU public health law and policy – communicable diseases

Markus Frischhut and Scott L Greer


Communicable disease control is a long-standing policy area, growing in importance the more human beings and other disease vectors are able to travel long distances and across borders. Individuals, governments and international organisations all affect the transmission and control of communicable diseases. Despite the EU being a relatively late entrant into the history of communicable disease policy, its influence in communicable disease policy, and, latterly, law, reflects broader dynamics in European integration. EU communicable disease policy and EU law lead to social and political spillover, which itself leads to further integration. EU communicable disease law and policy is particularly entwined with the ‘precautionary principle’.

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