International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day (ICCD 2021)

Action to Improve Access to Medicines for Paediatric Cancers in Europe: 
Eradicating inequalities and addressing unmet needs

Wednesday 3 February 2021 (11:00 to 13:00 CET) 
Policy Webinar

Hosted by MEP Loucas Fourlas (EPP, Cyprus)


Webinar Recording




SIOP Europe once again marked International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day (ICCD, 15 February each year) through an event that was this year hosted by MEP Loucas Fourlas on 3 February 2021. 

More than 35,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer and 6,000 young lives are lost every year, making paediatric cancer a major public health and societal issue in Europe.

The European paediatric haemato-oncology community, including parent, patient, and survivor representatives, invites EU decision-makers and partner stakeholders to sustain and reinforce support of the paediatric cancer cause. 


ICCD2021 built on the 6 Key Recommendations of the paediatric cancer community following the European Commission’s Evaluation of the Legislation for Medicines for Rare Diseases and Children. Parents and academia will present the unmet needs and current projects to foster equal access to innovative, essential, and supportive care medicines. Topics included shortages, therapeutic innovation, and pricing. Insights from leading European Union representatives were sought. The synergic roles of the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and EU research investments in addressing these issues was discussed by all stakeholders.


Background Event documentation

1. Speaker information 

2. Overview of policy priorities for childhood cancers in Europe

3. 6 Key Recommendations on Access to Medicines and Innovation in Paediatric Cancer

4. Access to essential anticancer medicines for children and adolescents in Europe - Annals of Oncology DOI:


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