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

Argentina: LNG EC pills switched to OTC

May 2023.  The Argentinian Minister of Health announced the switch of 1.5 mg levonorgestrel (LNG) emergency contraception pill (ECPs) products, to unrestricted sale products (producto de venta libre). A prescription will no longer be required to buy LNG ECPs. LNG ECPs are marketed in Argentina for over 10 years. UPA ECPs are registered but not yet…

Canada: warning of unauthorized LNG ECPs sold on-line

May 2023. Health authorities in Canada issued a warning to consumers about unauthorized versions of levonorgestrel emergency contraception pills (and also other drugs for medical abortion) being sold on-line in the Canadian market.  “Unauthorized health products have not been approved by Health Canada, which means that they have not been assessed for safety, efficacy and…

Canada: LNG EC free of cost in British Columbia

April 2023. As of this month, in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) some brands of LNG emergency contraception pills (ECPs) are available free of cost directly from pharmacies. This gratuity scheme is run by British Columbia Pharma Care (the publicly funded program thathelps residents pay for eligible prescription drugs, and certain medical supplies…