Welcome to the European Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ECEC)

Founded in 2012, ECEC works to expand knowledge about and access to Emergency Contraception (EC) within the European region and promotes the standardization of EC service delivery to ensure equitable access across the region.

EC is the only contraceptive method that can be used after sex, and it provides women with an additional opportunity to prevent a pregnancy.

Through this website, we hope to contribute to generating and sharing knowledge of EC in Europe. Your contributions are essential to helping us achieve this goal, and we encourage you to share EC information about your country by writing to us at ecec [at] eeirh [dot] org.

Go directly to country-by-country information on EC access

Go directly to the online EC counseling tool (The EC wheel)

Latest News

Poland: Pilot program for pharmacy prescribing of ECPs

May 2024. In Poland on May 1st, 2024, a new regulation came into effect as a temporary pilot program, through which individuals over the age of 15 can consult with a pharmacist, obtain a prescription, and directly purchase UPA ECP. To date, a visit to a doctor was needed to obtain a prescription, prior to…

Switzerland: Assessment of pharmacy EC counseling

May 2024. Switzerland and the United Kingdom are the only two European countries where pharmacists are mandated to counsel individuals seeking emergency contraception. A recent study by the Pharmaceutical Care Research Group of the University of Basel, looked at customer satisfaction with the counselling received in 195 Swiss pharmacies. Results show that the need for…

WHO: Emergency contraception is self-care

April 2024. In 2022 the World Health Organization (WHO) included the recommendation of “making emergency contraception pills available without prescription”, in its Guideline on Self-care interventions for health and well-being. The recommendation was based on a systematic review conducted in 2021. Now WHO publishes a technical document to further disseminate this recommendation and the evidence behind it. A…