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ServiceDG HERA

Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority

HERA anticipates threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities.  

Responsibilities

The Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (HERA) department’s mission is to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies.

HERA, created in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities.

When an emergency hits, HERA will ensure the development, production and distribution of medicines, vaccines and other medical countermeasures – such as gloves and masks – that were often lacking during the first phase of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HERA is a key pillar of the European Health Union announced by President von der Leyen in her 2021 State of the Union address and will fill a gap in the EU's health emergency response and preparedness.

HERA was launched as a new European Commission Directorate-General on 16 September 2021.

HERA carries out the Commission's policies related to:

Public health

Plans and reports

Commission work programme - overview of institution-wide deliverables for current year

Leadership and organisation

1 JANUARY 2022
HERA - Organisation chart
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Contact

Name
Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA)
Phone number
+32 2 299 11 11 (Commission switchboard)
Postal address
European Commission, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, Belgium