Nick Fahy

About Nick Fahy

Nick Fahy has nearly 20 years of experience at senior level in European health policy, the last ten years in the Health and Consumers Directorate-General of the European Commission.

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Head of Unit for Health Information

Most recently as head of unit for health information, he has been responsible for providing European information on health enabling benchmarking and supporting diffusion of health innovations, including developing the innovative European health wikipedia ‘HEIDI’. This work has included representing the Commission in international forums, including the OECD Health Committee and the Steering Committee of the European Observatory on health systems and policies.
In this post Mr Fahy has also had responsibility for Commission policy on major and chronic conditions, in particular the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and rare diseases, as well as the specific topics of e-health and data protection in public health.

Cross-border patient healthcare

Previously being deputy head of unit for health strategy, he led the processes leading to the Commission proposal for a directive on patient’s rights in cross-border healthcare adopted in early 2011, as well as contributing to Treaty revisions leading to the Lisbon Treaty and co-chairing Pharmaceutical Forum working groups on relative effectiveness and information to patients.

UK Department of Health

Before the Commission, Mr Fahy worked on issues such as European affairs and pharmaceutical policy at the UK Department of Health, as well as being private secretary to both John Horam MP, junior minister for the National Health Service, and Tessa Jowell MP, the first Minister of State for Public Health.

Qualifications & publications

Nick Fahy is a member of the international advisory board of Eurohealth, published by the LSE, as well as being a visiting lecturer at Maastricht University and Management Centre Innsbruck, and was co-director of the 2010 summer school on EU integration and health systems of the European Observatory on health systems and policies.
He has published on cross-border healthcare in Europe as well as wider political and ethical considerations in health policy, and is a sought-after speaker on European health issues at events in Europe and beyond.
After a degree in philosophy he is currently finishing a degree in psychology, preparatory to a PhD investigating how to better share innovations between European health systems. Mr Fahy´s native language being English, he is also fluent in French and speaks some German.