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  • Second research programme (EEC) in the field of medical and public health research, consisting of four multiannual concerted actions, 1980-1984

Previous programme


Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 2,32 million

Official Journal Reference

L 78 of 1980-03-25

Legislative Reference

80/344/EEC of 1980-03-18
To optimize the capacity and economic efficiency of Member States' medical and public health care efforts, to further research and development by mobilizing the research potential of national programmes, and to improve scientific and technical knowledge in this field and promote its efficient translation into practice.


Executed in accordance with the Council Regulation of 14 January 1974 (Official Journal No C 7 of 29.1.1974) on an initial outline programme of the European Communities and on the coordination of national policies in the field of science and technology, this second sectoral medical research programme consisting of four concerted action projects was the follow-up to the three Council Decisions 78/167/EEC, 78/168/EEC and 78/169/EEC (Official Journal No L 52 of 23.2.1978) adopted on 13 February 1978 as a first research programme in the field of medical and public health research (1978-1981).


Four concerted action projects:

- Detection of the tendency to thrombosis:
. Detection of activated clotting factors and their reaction products;
. Quantitative analysis of the inhibitors of the clotting system;
. Studies of the active and inhibitory components of the fibrinolytic system;
. Study of blood platelets;
. Pilot studies in well-defined populations following standardization of materials and methodology;

- Understanding, evaluation and treatment of hearing impairment:
. Comparative studies of the relationships between histopathological, functional and clinical data in cases of perceptive hearing losses;
. Development and/or improvement of electrophysiological auditory function tests;
. Improvement of artificial auditory stimulation;
. Mathematical modelling of normal and impaired auditory systems;

- Criteria for perinatal monitoring:
. Definition of specific high-risk groups for perinatal monitoring;
. Evaluation and improvement of existing processing techniques and methods for monitoring;
. Drawing up common quantitative methods to define the neonatal condition;
. Studies of the correlations between neonatal conditions and relevant perinatal parameters obtained during labour; establishment of common criteria for perinatal monitoring;

- Common standards for quantitative electrocardiography (ECG):
. Standardization of ECG measuring procedures in quantitative (computer) terms;
. Standardization of the diagnostic criteria and of the algorithmic documentation of their operation;
. Establishment of a modest pilot library of ECGs.


The Commission, assisted by a Concerted Action Committee (COMAC) for each of the four projects, was responsible for coordinating the research at Community level. It was authorized to conclude agreements with the non-Member States participating in European cooperation in the field of scientific and technical research (COST) with a view to associating them with the projects.

The Member States participating in the projects exchanged relevant information and sent to the Commission information which was useful in coordination. Yearly progress reports and a final evaluation report were submitted by the Commission to the Member States and the European Parliament.
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