The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
The EESC welcomes the recast of the current regulatory system by the Commission that goes beyond a mere simplification of the framework and puts in place more effective rules, strengthening the pre‑market approval procedures and in particular the post-market surveillance.
The EESC strongly supports the legal form of a "Regulation" instead of a "Directive" so as to reduce the room for diverging interpretation by individual Member States, providing more equality for European patients and a level playing field for suppliers.
Beside safety, fast access to the latest medical technologies also represents an important benefit for patients. Considerable delays in accessing the new devices would harm patients by reducing their treatment choices (possibly life-supporting) or at least prevent them from reducing their disabilities and improving their quality of life.
The EESC generally supports high standard approval procedures for high-risk MDs and IVDs before entering the market, in which safety and efficacy must be proven by the results of adequate clinical tests and investigations.
The EESC welcomes the introduction of a Unique Device Identification (UDI) to be assigned to each device, allowing faster identification and better traceability. The EESC would also welcome a fully workable central registration tool (Eudamed) which would eliminate multiple registrations and considerably decrease the costs for SMEs.