Established in 2012, the European Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ECEC) is a network of Europe-based organizations and individuals working in the field of Emergency Contraception (EC) research, service provision, and advocacy within a broader sexual and reproductive health and rights approach.
In 2011, a number of experts and organizations came together with the aim of addressing the unequal access to EC across the European region and the absence of a harmonized evidence-based approach to EC policies. Consequently, ECEC was established and officially launched in Athens in June 2012, within the framework of the 12th Congress of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health.
Through a moderated online forum, ECEC brings together and facilitates a dialogue among more than 200 experts in the region. ECEC wants to serve as an authoritative source of information and a voice for more equitable access to EC in Europe.
ECEC has two main governing bodies: a Board and an Advisory Committee. Advisory Committee members played a key role in envisioning and founding ECEC. They provided strategic guidance to ECEC during its take-off phase and they continue to provide advice and guidance on strategic issues.
Advisory Committee Members
Sharon Cameron MD, FRCOG, MFSRH is Consultant Gynaecologist and part-time senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Her on-going research interests include Emergency Contraception, contraception, medical abortion and chlamydia. Dr. Cameron served as a scientific adviser to the World Health Organization on medical abortion.
Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, MD, PhD is professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She is a senior consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Karolinska University Hospital where she also serves as Director for the World Health Organization collaborating centre for Research and Research Training in Human Reproduction. Her research includes a focus on emergency contraception, development of safe abortion methods and development of new contraceptive methods. Dr. Gemzell Danielsson is President of the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates and Vice-President of the European Society for Contraception.
Anna Glasier, OB-GYN is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the University of Edinburgh’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She advises a number of international organisations, including the World Health Organisation, where she was the Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, and the Population Council. Dr. Glasier was previously the Director of Family Planning and Well-woman Services for National Health Service in Lothian, Edinburgh. She is a world expert on Emergency Contraception and her work was instrumental in Emergency Contraception’s deregulation in the United Kingdom and beyond. She currently consults for HRA Pharma.
Caroline Moreau, MD, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Senior Researcher at Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) in France. Dr. Moreau has led a number of sexual and reproductive health research projects at institutions such as Johns Hopkins University and Princeton University. At INSERM, she worked as the Co-Principal Investigator of the 2010 national survey on sexual and reproductive health in France. Her other experiences and professional memberships include the European Union project on “The State of Reproductive Health and Fertility in the European Union,” the Society for Family Planning, the European Society for Contraception and the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates.
Teresa Alexandra Bombas, OB-GYN has an expertise that includes contraception, pregnancy and family planning in adolescence. She serves the Obstetrics Unit of Maternidade Daniel de Matos Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra in Portugal. She is also responsible for the Abortion Outpatient Clinic at the Hospital de Santo André in Leiria. Since 2010, Dr. Bombas has served as secretary of the Portuguese Society of Contraception, as a member of the Expert Group on Abortion, and as assistant secretary of the European Society of Contraception. She earned a Master’s degree in Sexual and Reproductive Health at Fundación Española de Contracepción & Universidad de Alcála de Henares in Madrid.
Christian Fiala, MD, PhD has been highly engaged in reproductive health for more than 20 years, with a specific focus on the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. Dr. Fiala was involved in helping to make LNG EC available over the counter in Austria, and he is currently active in making EC an integral part of the first aid kit at home and while traveling. In 2007, he opened the first and only Museum of Contraception and Abortion, which is located in Vienna. He has organized several international conferences for health professionals on abortion and contraception, has given over 200 presentations at national and international conferences since 1999 on various aspects of contraception and abortion, and has authored numerous publications in both English and German exploring these topics. Dr. Fiala received both his MD and PhD, which focused on improving medical abortion, at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm
Medard M. Lech, MD, Ph.D, FPCOG, DPH is Director of the Fertility and Sterility Research Centre in Warsaw, Poland. He has been qualified to practice Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Poland since 1969, in Nigeria since 1980, in Malta since 1986, and in the UK since 1989. He is also currently an editor of the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care. Between 2000 and 2010, Dr. Lech was a Board of Directors member of the European Society of Contraception (ESC). He served as Treasurer of the ESC Executive Committee from 2004-2010 and as a member of the Scientific Committee of the 8th ESC Congress in Edinburgh (June 2004). In addition, Dr. Lech was a member of the Organizing Committees of the 9th ESC Congress in Istanbul (May 2006) and the 10th ESC Congress in Prague (April 2008).
Clare Murphy is the Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas). In this capacity, she campaigns for the services and legal frameworks women need across their reproductive lifetimes in order to exercise genuine choice around pregnancy. Prior to joining bpas, Clare worked as a health correspondent for the BBC in London. Ms. Murphy has an absolute commitment to improving both the perception and availability of emergency contraception in Europe, which she believes remains a significantly underused product with barriers – including stigma, unwanted interactions with healthcare professionals, and high prices – repeatedly placed in women’s way. Getting reasonably priced emergency contraception onto the open shelves of UK pharmacies is on her bucket list. Ms. Murphy joined the ECEC board in February 2017.
Adriana Pereira, MPH. In 2010 Ms. Pereira started volunteering in a youth-driven NGO promoting sexual health on a social, emotional and physical level. She eventually became a board member and got to learn more about the inner workings on running an NGO. During her master’s in Public Health, she did an internship at the European Regional Office of WHO, working on Gender and Health. Since 2018 Ms. Pereira coordinates YouAct, the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights and also serves as a member of the Expert Group of the Contraception Atlas, an initiative launched by the European Parliamentary Forum for Population and Development (EPF). Ms. Pereira is passionate to work with motivated young people and to advocate for sexual and reproductive health services that reflect youth’s needs. Ms. Pereira joined the ECEC board in May 2019.
Past Board Members
Ardian Paravani (2012-2016) was involved for many years in the field of contraceptive social marketing through the NGO NESMARK in Albania. Adrian is an expert on EC distribution, market research, and the provision of reproductive health information for the public and private health sectors.
Emilio Arisi, Ob-Gyn (2012-2019) was the president and founder of the Italian Medical Society for Contraception (SMIC), and an elected board member of the European Society of Contraception for the years 2012-2016. Dr. Arisi was had also been the national president of the Italian branch of International Planned Parenthood Federation (1994-2005)s. He played an important role in the switch of EC pills to non-prescription in Italy, in 2015.
At its inception, ECEC was hosted by Family Care International in New York. As of September 2014, it is graciously hosted by the East European Institute for Reproductive Health, located at 1 Moldovei St, 540493 Tirgu Mures, Romania. ECEC is a partner of the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception.