European Men's Health Forum

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The European Men's Health Forum (EMHF)describes itself as 'the only European organisation dedicated to the improvement of men’s health in all its aspects, and a platform for the collaboration of a wide range of stakeholder groups in Europe'. It claims to be 'an independent, non-governmental, non-profit-making organisation'.[1]

The EMHF was initiated by The Men’s Health Forum[2]. Ian Banks is President of both the EMHF and the Men's Health Forum, with Alan White, who also holds positions on both Forums (Chair of Trustees with the Men's Health Forum).

One of the Forum's main strategic objectives is to influence European public health and social policy [3]. The EMHF reports [4]that it 'works with the EU Parliament, the Commission and a great number of EU-level organisations of patients and health professionals. The Forum actively participates in a number of international professional and public health events. It has also developed an online International Men’s Health Database with the aim of 'facilitating collaboration between academics, policy makers and health professionals'.


Board of Directors

At 25 April 2008, EMHF's Board of Directors [5]

Advisory Board

In 2007, EMHF's Advisory Board (and their backgrounds) were listed as...[7]

  • Jerome Reinstein. Reinstein is described as a management and marketing consultant in self medication, self care and non-prescription medicines
  • Dr Wolfgang Rutz. Rutz works for the Unit for Psychiatry and Health Promotion, Academic University Hospital of Uppsala
  • Nigel Duncan - Press Officer for World Medical Association
  • Dr Tom Kennedy - General Practitioner
  • Prof Dr Frank Sommer - Professor of Men's Health Universitätskrankenhaus Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Dr Mike Boland - Former President WONCA World
  • Prof Tom O'Dowd - Professor of General Practice University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • Ludovic Lacaine - Public Affairs consultant.

Lacaine previously worked at Weber Shandwick in Brussels. In November 2007, Brand Republic reports [8] how 'Healthcare PR shop Chandler Chicco Agency (CCA) has bolstered its policy and market access team' through the appointment of Lacaine as a consultant. CCA claims to have 'most of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies' as its clients, which include Abbott, AstraZeneca, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Diagnostics, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Sanofi-Aventis, Schering and Schering-Plough. Its client list also includes Coca Cola.[9]


2007 - The annual report for 2007 lists Bayer Schering, Clinial Solutions, Pfizer,Roche, the EU Commission, GE Healthcare and UEFA as new sponsors. [10]. However, whilst the EMHF declares that it 'prides itself on being transparent' they claim that 'it is not currently possible to publish detailed funding information' on its website 'due to resource constraints'. [11].

In 2006, EMHF reported [12]their main sponsors as being Clinical Solutions, Pfizer, Roche and Schering (now Known as Bayer Schering Pharma[13]).

In 2005 EMHF's main sponsors were Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Pfizer[14].


  • in 2006, EMHF report collaboration with the European Commission. They state that '22 representatives of EMHF members and of its secretariat met in Brussels under the generous auspices of the European Commission (DG Sanco) to exchange practice and further develop the strength of its collaboration'[16].
  • EMHF and the European Institute for Women’s Health worked in partnership to organise a roundtable event in Brussels in 2004, which they advertised as 'to raise awareness about the limitations to the role of gender in EU health policy'.[22]


The European Men’s Health Forum. 11 Rue de l’Industrie, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Telephone +32 2 234 30 58 Fax +32 2 230 33 00


  1. EMHF About the Forum Accessed 20th December 2007
  2. EMHF About the Forum Accessed 20th December 2007
  3. EMHF 2006 Activity Report Accessed 20th December 2007
  4. EMHF European Men’s Health Conference 2005 Accessed 20th December 2007
  5. EMHF Board of Directors Accessed November 19 2008
  6. BMA Members of the BMA Council Accessed 24th December 2007
  7. EMHF Advisory Board Accessed 20th December 2007
  8. Brand Republic CCA lures policy expert Lacaine 14th November 2007. Accessed 20th December 2007
  9. Chandler Chicco Agency Client List Accessed 20th December 2007
  10. EMHF Report 2007 Accessed 19 November 2008
  11. EMHF Funding Accessed 20th December 2007
  12. EMHF 2006 Activity Report Accessed 20th December 2007
  13. Schering Bayer Schering Pharma Accessed 20th December 2007
  14. ibid
  15. EMHF Key Partnerships Accessed 20th December 2007
  16. EMHF Activity Report 2006 accessed 20th December 2007
  17. EMHF 2006 Activity Report
  18. EMHF 2005 Activity Report Accessed 20th December 2007
  19. EFPIA What is EFPIA? Accessed 20th December 2007
  20. EMHF 2006 Activity Report Accessed 20th December 2007
  21. EMHF 2005 Activity Report Accessed 20th December 2007
  22. EMHF 2004 Activity Report Accessed 20th December 2007