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Public Health (11-09-2007)

EU Practical Guide on best practices for cooperation and approval of tobacco laboratories

The Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO) published today a Practical Guide on best practices for the cooperation and approval of tobacco laboratories. The guide refers to basic steps for laboratory approval. Among the criteria, cited to ensure that the verification of laboratories' results is transparent, are:
  • The laboratory should not be totally or partially owned by a tobacco company
  • Laboratories receiving funds from the tobacco industry must demonstrate their independence from it
  • If the laboratory is a publicly-traded company, the tobacco industry's stake should not exceed the 10% threshold
The guide also proposes a common understanding on the maximum limits for tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide (CO) in cigarettes. Although the document is not legally binding, the Commission expects that it will be used. This will lead to the equal application of the Tobacco Products Directive, to better cooperation of tobacco testing laboratories in the EU and to more stringent differentiation between the tasks of the industry and the authorities.
 
The Guide can be consulted at:
http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_determinants/life_style/Tobacco/smoking_prevention_tobacco_en.htm
 
For more information, please contact:
Sanco-web-health-eu@ec.europa.eu