Metrology for Health

Improvements in the life expectancy and health of individuals has been driven by constant innovation in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and medical conditions. High quality healthcare is underpinned by the accurate physical, chemical and biological measurements used to diagnose health conditions and ensure therapies are delivered safely and effectively.

The rise in chronic diseases, such as cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and cardiovascular conditions, has resulted in an increase in technologically advanced screening, and diagnostics. Different types of therapy are often combined and personalised treatment plans are now being introduced to manage chronic conditions. Metrology has a critical role to play in ensuring that accurate measurements are available to assess the performance of new diagnostic methods and therapies, and ensure the effective treatment of patients.

Reliable and robust measurement is also essential to implement key healthcare related Regulations such as the Medical Device Directive, the In-vitro Diagnostic Directive and the legal framework for medicines for human use, which govern the safety, quality and performance of medicines and therapies.

The health research projects funded under the EURAMET research programmes, EMRP and EMPIR, have brought together research groups from metrology institutes, academia, industry and clinicians to work collaboratively. The projects address the provision of accurate measurements and high quality data to support the provision of healthcare in Europe. The EMRP health projects have been completed, the EMPIR health projects are in progress and will be completed in 2019.

Overview of the first eleven health projects within EMRP.

Health impact report

This report outlines the key technical achievements and early impacts of the first group of projects completed under the EMRP Health theme. The report explores the new measurement capabilities developed as a result of the collaborations within the Health projects.
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