The European Commission has launched a call for expression of interest to appoint organisations as members of a working group on mHealth assessment guidelines. The mandate of the group is to
develop guidelines for assessing the validity and reliability of the data that health apps collect and process.
- Target group: organisations from industry, civil society, research
- Deadline to apply: 4 December 2015 17:00 CET
Full text of the call
Safety and transparency of information were identified as one of the main issues for mHealth uptake in the public consultation on the Green Paper on mobile health (April 2014).
The large number of lifestyle and wellbeing apps available with no clear evidence on their quality and reliability is raising concerns about the ability of consumers to assess their usefulness, thus potentially limiting their effective uptake for the benefit of public health.
Furthermore, ensuring quality of data is also essential for linking apps to the electronic health records and for the effective uptake in clinical practice.
In the two open stakeholder meetings the Commission held in the follow-up to the Green Paper consultation, stakeholders confirmed that it would be useful to work on common assessment methodologies for mHealth.
More information on EU actions in the area of mobile health apps: ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/mHealth
The call is also published on the website of the Register of Commission Expert Groups.