Medical Support

Aug 7, 2019
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Preserving the life and health of military and civilian personnel has the highest priority and only a healthy Armed Force can deliver and sustain its function efficiently. The European Defence Agency is working on greater interoperability of equipment, expertise and training in Medical Support to EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Operations. Moreover, EDA is promoting a common understanding amongst all components, Operational, Technical and Industrial, involved in the field of EU Defence Medical Services.

  • Increase interoperability of equipment, expertise, and training in Medical Support to CSDP operations
  • Analyse new areas for medical capability development and Pooling & Sharing opportunities
  • Promote cooperation amongst all actors involved
  • Enhance dual use capabilities for medical assets in disaster relief and other emergencies

Project Team Medical

Medical Support to operations requires considerable resources and it is a recognized field for Multinational  Pooling and Sharing activities. EDA coordinating body for Medical Support is the Project Team (PT) Medical where representatives from Member States bring together the national positions.  The PT addresses a holistic approach to all aspects of medical support by harmonising all related issues, including training aspects and evaluation of future opportunities.


Multinational Modular Medical Unit (M3U)

After the signing of the Multinational Modular Medical Unit (M3U) Programme Arrangement, the Cat B programme which includes 15 contributing Member States (cMS) has moved to the capabilities development phase. The aim is to develop multinational Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF) based on joint and combined medical development and cooperation. Standardisation and interoperability are fundamental principles.

The two Project Management Groups - Training (PMG-Trg) and Medical Treatment Facility (PMG-MTF) are currently under of M3U Programme. The aim of the M3U PMG-Trg is to develop a multidisciplinary dedicated and tailored training for medical teams/units focusing on Damage Control Resuscitation (DCR) (pre-hospital and Emergency Room management), Damage Control Surgery (DCS), in-hospital medical services (laboratory, diagnostic, Intensive care unit (ICU), pharmacy) and on medical evacuation principles in order to shorten the Full Operational Capability of the team/unit and mitigate any risks related with the complexity of the medical operational environment within the scope of M3U. The aim of M3U PMG-MTF is to deliver by collaborative development a Technical Specification (TS) for multinational deployable capability – Role 2 Medical Treatment Facility. Based on common TS, the developed assets could be provided as pre-identified medical modules  for CSDP Operation and Mission or any other multinational engagements pending on cMS decision allowing their rapid and flexible integration following by national or multinational procurement.

Multinational MEDEVAC

Multinational MEDEVAC has the scope to find shared effective solutions in the field of Medical Evacuation from a Multinational cooperation in terms of assets, training, procedures and interoperability. After work done by the Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG), the Cat B  Project  “Multinational Medical Evacuation Training (MN MEDEVAC TRG) has been established and cMS are currently finishing national staffing processes. The project aims at providing the framework for the establishment of MN MEDEVAC TRG activities and/or courses facilitating standardisation and interoperability in order to improve readiness and better conformity to the general principles of medical support. The objectives of the MN MEDEVAC TRG are to have highly educated and trained medical personnel, to meet the cMS’ training demands and objectives through the pooling and sharing of training and courses opportunities, experience, and organisational costs. 

Other initiatives

EDA is endorsing events focused on Medical Support in the EU. An open and transparent dialogue amongst MS and Medical Industry for Field Medicine is encouraged through a series of thematic workshops. Moreover, events like the workshop on 'Innovation for Field Medicine' Symposium “or 'Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) and Telemedicine' are contributing to future EDA projects development, foster a platform for multinational collaboration and establish a dialogue with industry. In addition, it is an open forum for national representatives and medical enterprises to share information on present and future capabilities for Medical Support to Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).



Participating Member States

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Cyprus
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Hungary
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Austria
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Finland
  • Sweden