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Plant health
[ 03-01-2017 ]


Launch of harmonised certification scheme for fruit propagating material and fruit plants

A set of new rules, proposed by the Commission, to modernise and harmonise the production and marketing chain for fruit propagating material and fruit plants, applies as of 1 January 2017.

The new rules provide for a harmonised certification scheme that reflects the approach of a majority of EU Member States and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO). The harmonised certification scheme sets out minimum requirements concerning the health, identity, quality, and suitability of fruit propagating material and plants intended for production of fruit trees and fruits. This will provide a level playing field for producers and clear and transparent information for buyers.

The fruit sector represents 5.9 % of the total output value of the European agricultural industry. Additional harmonised rules for the registration of plant varieties along with the publication of an EU register of varieties of fruit plants will improve traceability and promote the dissemination of information regarding the varieties that are placed on the market.

The new rules will stimulate EU's single market in this sector, strengthen the export of high quality products, and allow the consumers to make informed choices.


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Public Health

SCHEER Opinion on additives used in tobacco products (Tobacco Additives II)
[ 20-12-2016 ]


Big Data Study outlines policy recommendations in 10 areas
[ 16-12-2016 ]


Tobacco: Commission urges Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden to notify transposition of the Directive on tobacco products sold in the EU
[ 08-12-2016 ]


Today: follow the EU Health Policy Platform meeting live!
[ 02-12-2016 ]


No safe exposure limit for UV radiation from sunbeds, concludes independent scientific committee
[ 30-11-2016 ]


EU action to tackle chronic diseases: New Steering Group on Promotion and Prevention meets today!
[ 29-11-2016 ]


Members of renewed Expert Panel on Health appointed
[ 25-11-2016 ]


Public Consultation on the mid-term evaluation of the 3rd Health Programme (2014-2020) opens today!
[ 23-11-2016 ]


Registration now open for the EU Health Policy Platform meeting on 5 December!
[ 17-11-2016 ]


European Antibiotic Awareness Day: Meeting in Brussels with Commissioner Andriukaitis
[ 16-11-2016 ]


Medicines for children: Consultation to gather stakeholders' experiences of the EU Paediatric Regulation opens today!
[ 14-11-2016 ]


Commission launches public consultation on strengthening EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessment
[ 20-10-2016 ]


13-14 October 2016, Lisbon: Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol-related Harm shares its results
[ 12-10-2016 ]


European cooperation on HTA: what's next? Register TODAY!
[ 04-10-2016 ]


Independent panel to advise on tobacco flavours: Call for experts extended until 20 October
[ 21-09-2016 ]


European Reference Networks: preliminary results of call for interest
[ 20-09-2016 ]


Characterising flavours in tobacco products: Are you an expert interested in giving advice?
[ 09-09-2016 ]


Action on Antimicrobial resistance in EU/EEA Members States: Good progress but more to do.
[ 09-09-2016 ]


Patient safety: Commission publishes report on activities to monitor medicine safety in EU
[ 08-08-2016 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on the biological effects of UVC radiation relevant to health with particular reference to UVC lamps
[ 29-07-2016 ]


Public consultation on the preliminary Opinion on additives used in tobacco products (Tobacco Additives II)
[ 22-07-2016 ]


State of Health in the EU: Commission pools expertise to support health policies in EU countries
[ 17-06-2016 ]


Healthcare in the EU: Expert Panel on Health publishes 3 opinions and 1 memorandum
[ 14-06-2016 ]


Are you qualified to provide advice on effective ways on investing in health? Apply to be a member of an independent expert panel!
[ 13-06-2016 ]


EU Health Award 2016 for NGOs Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance
[ 24-05-2016 ]


E-cigarettes: refillable e-cigarettes could be harmful to health, concludes Commission report
[ 20-05-2016 ]


Evaluation of the 2nd Health Programme 2008-2013 published today!
[ 10-05-2016 ]


3-4 May – Closing conference of the Health Workforce Joint Action
[ 02-05-2016 ]


So what? Experts draw lessons from across Europe on strategies to assess quality of care
[ 29-04-2016 ]


Kick-off meeting of the Commission's new scientific committees
[ 28-04-2016 ]


Reports on quality and safety standards for human blood, tissues and cells published today!
[ 26-04-2016 ]


SCHER final Opinion on potential risks to human health and the environment from the use of calcium cyanamide as fertiliser
[ 21-04-2016 ]


Conference: "Towards better prevention and management of chronic diseases", 21 April, Brussels
[ 20-04-2016 ]


Final Opinion on estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children
[ 15-04-2016 ]


Commissioner talks to nutrition and physical activity stakeholders
[ 05-04-2016 ]


Disruptive Innovation: Final EXPH Opinion adopted
[ 05-04-2016 ]


EU Health Policy Platform meeting
[ 05-04-2016 ]


Scientific committees: new members appointed
[ 04-04-2016 ]


Publication of first call for tender in the context of the Joint Procurement Agreement
[ 17-03-2016 ]


Commission published its Report on the Sustainable use of Biocides
[ 16-03-2016 ]


Call for interest for European Reference Networks launched today
[ 15-03-2016 ]


European Reference Networks: Two important dates to note!
[ 07-03-2016 ]


Launch of ‘PRIME’ scheme to pave the way for promising medicines
[ 07-03-2016 ]


Kick-off meeting of the third HTA Joint Action: 3 March 2016
[ 01-03-2016 ]


Health Programme 2014-2020: Commission adopts Work Programme for 2016
[ 29-02-2016 ]


Public Hearing on the SCENIHR Opinion 'Biological effects of ultraviolet radiation relevant to health with particular reference to sunbeds for cosmetic purposes'
[ 26-02-2016 ]


Dutch Presidency - Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance (9/10 February)
[ 10-02-2016 ]


New safety features to protect EU consumers from falsified medicines
[ 09-02-2016 ]


SCENIHR final Opinion on Additives used in tobacco products
[ 29-01-2016 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on the Health Effects of Sunbeds
[ 22-01-2016 ]


European Reference Networks: January news
[ 21-01-2016 ]


SCHER preliminary Opinion on estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children
[ 21-12-2015 ]


Safety of surgical meshes used in urogynaecological surgery: final Opinion
[ 17-12-2015 ]


Final Opinion on Synthetic Biology III: Risks to the environment and biodiversity and research priorities
[ 09-12-2015 ]


Final Opinion on new conclusions on future trends of cadmium accumulation in EU arable soils
[ 04-12-2015 ]


Health investments in the EU: mapping report showing use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) now available online
[ 26-11-2015 ]


Refugees : Commissioner Andriukaitis presents the Personal Health Record in Greece
[ 20-11-2015 ]


Opinion on Potential risks to human health and the environment from the use of calcium cyanamide as fertiliser
[ 16-11-2015 ]


Commission launches new version of ECHI data tool
[ 11-11-2015 ]


Disruptive Innovation: Launch of public consultation on preliminary opinion
[ 30-10-2015 ]


Call for proposals launched for projects concerning the health of refugees and other migrants
[ 28-10-2015 ]


Conference: “Which priorities for a European policy on multimorbidity?”
[ 27-10-2015 ]


Medicinal products: The Commission welcomes the finalisation of the ICH reform
[ 26-10-2015 ]


Winners of EU Health Award 2015 announced: Three NGOs have made a notable difference in fighting Ebola
[ 12-10-2015 ]


Tobacco: specifications for health warnings on cigarette packages adopted today
[ 09-10-2015 ]


12-14 October: High-Level Conference draws lessons from Ebola
[ 09-10-2015 ]


8-9 October: Conference on European Reference Networks
[ 07-10-2015 ]


Commission funded project strengthens training of health professionals across Europe
[ 02-10-2015 ]


Access to health services in the EU: Launch of public consultation on preliminary opinion
[ 28-09-2015 ]


Commission and WHO Europe scale up cooperation
[ 17-09-2015 ]


Rare Diseases Joint Action gets started
[ 15-09-2015 ]


European Commission’s Scientific Committees: Call for membership
[ 07-09-2015 ]


Cross-border Healthcare report highlights advances and efforts at EU and national levels
[ 03-09-2015 ]


Cross-border Cooperation - Opinion adopted by Health Expert Panel
[ 03-08-2015 ]


Preliminary Opinion on Additives used in tobacco products
[ 20-07-2015 ]


Commission convenes 2nd conference on European Reference Networks in Lisbon: registration now open
[ 20-07-2015 ]


Preliminary Opinion on Synthetic Biology III: Research priorities
[ 15-07-2015 ]


Final Opinion on the safety of medical devices containing DEHP (phthalates)
[ 07-07-2015 ]


Recruitment and Retention of the Health Workforce in Europe: Study published today!
[ 06-07-2015 ]


Opinion on new conclusions on future trends of cadmium accumulation in EU arable soils
[ 24-06-2015 ]


Final Opinion - Synthetic Biology II - Risk assessment methodologies and safety aspects
[ 16-06-2015 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on the safety of surgical meshes used in urogynaecological surgery
[ 12-06-2015 ]


Competition among health care providers: Final Opinion adopted
[ 12-06-2015 ]


EU Health Award 2015 for NGOs - Making a difference in fighting Ebola
[ 11-06-2015 ]


“ACCORD” Joint Action: conference in Madrid highlights results
[ 01-06-2015 ]


SCCS opinion on Silica, Hydrated Silica, and Silica Surface Modified with Alkyl Silylates (nano form)
[ 29-05-2015 ]


Innovative Financing: Opportunities for Active & Healthy Ageing (Brussels, 3 June 2015)
[ 27-05-2015 ]


Commission launches tool to support Member States in using European Structural and Investment Funds for effective health investments
[ 18-05-2015 ]


Safety of dental amalgam and its alternatives: Final Opinion
[ 08-05-2015 ]


Pre-announcement: Organ Donation Joint Action “ACCORD” to present its results in Madrid on 2 June 2015
[ 07-05-2015 ]


Joint procurement of medical countermeasures and Seasonal flu vaccination to be discussed in Luxembourg on 29 and 30 April
[ 29-04-2015 ]


‘Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable’: Sign up to the new and improved iCoach and set your personal challenge today!
[ 13-04-2015 ]


Endocrine Disruptors: Commission steps up dialogue with stakeholders
[ 25-03-2015 ]


EU Health Policy Forum to discuss new format
[ 19-03-2015 ]


Final Opinion - Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields
[ 06-03-2015 ]


SCENIHR Final Opinion on The safety of the use of bisphenol A in medical devices
[ 27-02-2015 ]


AMR to remain a priority in the EU beyond 2016
[ 26-02-2015 ]


Public consultation on a Preliminary Opinion on Competition among healthcare providers in the European Union: Investigating policy options
[ 24-02-2015 ]


European Reference Networks: February news
[ 12-02-2015 ]


Study looks at the impact of lifestyle habits on the efficiency of Europe’s health systems
[ 11-02-2015 ]


Final Opinion on Chromium VI in toys
[ 10-02-2015 ]


Endocrine Disruptors: Commission publishes replies to the public consultation
[ 02-02-2015 ]


Improving indoor air quality in EU schools
[ 27-01-2015 ]


Final opinion - Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices
[ 13-01-2015 ]



Food and Feed Safety

Call for applications for membership of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health
[ 15-12-2016 ]


EU reviews the list of feed and food of non-animal origin subject to an increased level of official controls at the borders (25th review of Annex I to Regulation 669/2009)
[ 01-12-2016 ]


Food Losses and Food Waste: kick-off meeting for EU platform
[ 28-11-2016 ]


Hong Kong boost for EU meat exporters
[ 04-11-2016 ]


Publication of guidance on food safety management systems including HACCP
[ 30-08-2016 ]


EU amends Regulation 669/2009 by simplifying the regular review of Annex I to the Regulation and by updating the list of feed and food of non-animal origin subject to an increased level of official controls at the borders
[ 20-06-2016 ]


Call for applications for European Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste launched today
[ 28-04-2016 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 07-03-2016 ]


Japan lifts the ban on imports of Danish beef
[ 08-02-2016 ]


Commission publishes first harmful organisms in the EU Report
[ 09-12-2015 ]


Meeting of European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU Chief for Health and Food Safety, with the US Food and Drug Administration in Washington, 3rd December 2015
[ 04-12-2015 ]


Food fraud: Reports on EU-wide control plans on fish species substitution and honey adulteration are published today
[ 04-12-2015 ]


Food: Report concludes that EU action is needed to set legal limits on trans fats
[ 03-12-2015 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 01-12-2015 ]


Commission launches IT tool to underpin cooperation on possible fraudulent practices
[ 18-11-2015 ]


State of play in the EU on voluntary GM-free food labelling schemes and assessment of the need for possible harmonisation
[ 22-09-2015 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 17-09-2015 ]


Conference on climate change and food security: challenges for plant health, plant breeding and genetic resources
[ 15-07-2015 ]


EFSA Management Board: Call for expressions of interest is prolonged
[ 08-07-2015 ]


Food safety: Report on controls of fruit and vegetable imports shows system is protecting European consumers
[ 29-06-2015 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 08-06-2015 ]


EFSA Management Board: Call for expressions of interest is open
[ 04-06-2015 ]


Endocrine Disruptors: Commission steps up dialogue with stakeholders
[ 25-03-2015 ]


AMR to remain a priority in the EU beyond 2016
[ 26-02-2015 ]



Animal Health and Welfare

African Swine Fever and Avian Influenza: Commissioner Andriukaitis visits Ukraine
[ 25-11-2016 ]


Animal Health: Commission further updates control measures to combat African swine fever
[ 14-09-2016 ]


Exotic animal diseases: The Commission and the Member States move to a more preventive strategy for Lumpy Skin Disease
[ 14-09-2016 ]


China lifts its import ban on animal products from Denmark, France, Germany and United Kingdom
[ 03-06-2016 ]


New Veterinary Agreement to boost EU-New Zealand trade in animal products
[ 10-11-2015 ]


Report on Honeybee colony losses published today
[ 05-05-2015 ]



Plant health

Launch of harmonised certification scheme for fruit propagating material and fruit plants
[ 03-01-2017 ]


Europhyt Report : Preventing the introduction and spread of plant pests and diseases
[ 20-12-2016 ]


GMOs: EU extends phasing out period for traces of obsolete GM oilseed rapes
[ 14-12-2016 ]


GMOs: Commission authorises a GM carnation for ornamental uses
[ 24-11-2016 ]


New innovative fodder plant seed mixtures
[ 30-09-2016 ]


GMOs: Commission authorises GMOs for food/feed use
[ 16-09-2016 ]


Report on controlling Pine Wood Nematode in Portugal and Spain
[ 27-06-2016 ]


New Measures against Xylella Fastidiosa adopted by Commission
[ 13-05-2016 ]


Emergency measures for the import of citrus fruit from several non-EU countries
[ 15-04-2016 ]


EU earmarks close to €11.5 million to support survey programmes for plant pests in Member States
[ 26-01-2016 ]


Forest Reproductive Material: Commission
[ 25-01-2016 ]



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