FocalPoint - Focal Point International Data Collection

Last updated on 17-2-2022 by Brecht Devleesschauwer
November 1, 2007
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In short

The Belgian Focal Point International Data Collection coordinates the transfer of health data to the : 

  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD
  • European institutions such as Eurostat and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. 

The Focal Point is comprised of :

  • representatives of the federal ministries of health and social security
  • the regional administrations and health authorities
  • the National Institute for health and Disability Insurance
  • Statbel
  • Sciensano.

Project summary

The World Health Organization (WHO), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and European institutions such as Eurostat and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction request their Member States to provide specific health data on annual and ad hoc basis. To streamline these data collection and transfer processes in Belgium, the Focal Point International Data Collection brings together the involved Belgian partners:

  • The Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety, and Environment
  • The Federal Public Service Social Security
  • The Brussels-Capital Health and Social Observatory
  • The Flemish Agency for Care and Health (AZG)
  • The Walloon Agency for a Quality Life (AViQ)
  • The Walloon Institute for Evaluation, Prospective and Statistics (IWEPS)
  • The French Community
  • The Ministry of the German-speaking Community
  • The National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI)
  • Statistics Belgium (Statbel)
  • Sciensano

In addition to a number of ad hoc requests, the Focal Point deals with the following recurring requests:

The Focal Point meets once a year to discuss overarching issues and prepare the annual meeting of the Eurostat Working Group Public Health Statistics.

Associated Health Topics

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