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

New recommendations on EC dispensing

ECEC brings together key stakeholders to foster a common vision of how evidence- and rights-based dispensing of emergency contraception (EC) should be in over-the-counter (OTC) and behind-the-counter (BTC) settings, where different EC pills are available directly from community pharmacies. September 2023. Two years ago, ECEC and YouAct conducted a participatory survey, to better understand access…

Australia: Old EC dispensing practices, put into question

September 2023. In Australia, some pharmacies still require women to fill out a written form, in order to obtain EC. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) created a form when EC pills were first introduced in the country (in the early 2000) but its use is no longer required nor recommended. This has triggered a…

EC sales in low- and middle-income countries: Data from Social Marketing Programs

August 2023. DKT International and ECEC just published a brief that summarizes emergency contraception pills (ECPs) sales data from Social Marketing Programs in low- and middle-income countries, in the past 10 years. Emergency Contraception Pills Sales in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Data from Social Marketing Programs, reveals that ECPs experienced a remarkable growth during this…