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 closer to approve EC pills without a prescription

February 2024. On February 22, the Polish Parliament voted to approved access to emergency contraception pills without a prescription for individuals aged 15 and over. Following the approval by the Parliament, the bill will proceed to the Senate for further consideration. Upon approval by the Senate, the bill will then require the President’s signature to…

Launch of the 2024 Europe Contraception Policy Atlas

February 2024. The European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual & Reproductive Rights (EPF) presented the 2024 edition of the Europe Contraception Atlas. ECEC was honored to participate in the launch event, bringing attention to persisting gaps in access to emergency contraception in Europe.   Read more about the launch event here and retrieve the recording here….

UK: Demand to reclassify oral EC

January 2024.  In the United Kingdom, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) published a statement calling for the reclassification of oral emergency contraception (EC) from a Pharmacy (P) medicine to General Sales List (GSL), “to enable oral EC to be purchased from general retail outlets, from supermarkets to petrol stations, removing barriers and…