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Plant health
[ 29-09-2016 ]


New innovative fodder plant seed mixtures

The Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed – Section Seed approved today the inclusion of new fodder plant species, in particular legumes, into the scope of the Directive on marketing seed of fodder plants. This will allow the marketing of innovative, more diverse fodder plant seed mixtures in the EU.

This action was preceded by a so called temporary experiment with derogatory rules on marketing seed with the aim to seek improved alternatives to the existing rules on quality and controls of seed. The experiment run from 2009 to 2016 and 24 new fodder plant species were included. A number of new species and varieties were evaluated, characterised and further bred. More diverse seed mixtures were produced meeting the set quality requirements.

These diverse innovative seed mixtures offer solutions for persistent, productive and biodiverse pastures and forage crops. This is needed, in particular, in dry grassland and pasture areas in Southern Europe, e.g. Portugal and Spain, where there is a risk of desertification due to impacts of climate change. The choice of species was based on traditional knowledge of farmers combined with results from research. They were identified as being interesting for fodder production in allowing a balanced feeding of animals throughout the year while at the same time contributing to the rehabilitation of soils in non-arable and marginal cropping lands.


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Public Health

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 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on Synthetic Biology II Risk assessment methodologies and safety aspects
[ 19-12-2014 ]


Ebola: Review of exit screening procedures at international airports in affected countries
[ 15-12-2014 ]


Health security: Building stronger global collaboration
[ 11-12-2014 ]


European Reference Networks: December news
[ 09-12-2014 ]


eHealth Network adopts guidelines on ePrescriptions
[ 18-11-2014 ]


Ebola: Commission organises meeting with European health professionals
[ 12-11-2014 ]


Workshop to address the Ebola virus in healthcare settings in Europe
[ 04-11-2014 ]


HTA Network adopts its Strategy for EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessments
[ 30-10-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary opinion on The safety of medical devices containing DEHP- plasticized PVC or other plasticizers on neonates and other groups possibly at risk (2014 update)
[ 22-10-2014 ]


Future EU Agenda on Patient Safety and Quality of Care – Opinion adopted by Health Expert Panel
[ 14-10-2014 ]


4th European Code Against Cancer launched today
[ 14-10-2014 ]


Final opinion on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants
[ 09-10-2014 ]


Newly published Opinion on definition of SynBio lays foundation for future work
[ 30-09-2014 ]


“My healthy family”: Project to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables launches in 4 EU regions
[ 23-09-2014 ]


First meeting of the Commission Expert Group on Cancer Control: 23-24 September 2014
[ 23-09-2014 ]


“We Love Eating”: Project to promote healthy lifestyles launches in 7 EU cities
[ 17-09-2014 ]


Safety of dental amalgam and its alternatives: Public consultation on the preliminary opinion launched
[ 09-09-2014 ]


Report on Roma Health underlines extent of poor health outcomes for Roma
[ 04-09-2014 ]


Public consultation on the draft Opinion on chromium VI in toys
[ 04-08-2014 ]


Public consultation on Preliminary Opinion: Future EU Agenda on quality of health care with a special emphasis on patient safety
[ 04-08-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary opinion - Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices
[ 18-07-2014 ]


Definition of primary care – opinion adopted by health expert panel
[ 16-07-2014 ]


Second conference on frailty in old age opens tomorrow
[ 17-06-2014 ]


Final Opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance
[ 16-06-2014 ]


Nutrition & Physical Activity: High Level Group and EU Platform meet today in Brussels
[ 10-06-2014 ]


Public consultation on the First Preliminary Opinion on Synthetic Biology Definition
[ 06-06-2014 ]


Commission establishes expert group on cancer control
[ 04-06-2014 ]


Commission gets the ball rolling on European Reference Networks
[ 26-05-2014 ]


EU and US progress in the fight against antimicrobial resistance
[ 13-05-2014 ]


Monitoring the safety of medicines: European Medicines Agency presents the Commission with its first report
[ 02-05-2014 ]


EU Member States make good progress on organ donation and transplantation, finds Commission report
[ 25-04-2014 ]


Scientific Opinion on Aluminium in cosmetic products published today
[ 11-04-2014 ]


Public consultation on Preliminary Opinion on Definition Primary Care by Health Expert Panel
[ 20-03-2014 ]


Scientific opinion on dental amalgam (update 2014)
[ 17-03-2014 ]


Health Expert Panel adopts first three opinions
[ 14-03-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary opinion on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants
[ 13-03-2014 ]


Kick-off meeting of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Joint Action (CANCON), Luxembourg, 11-13 March 2014
[ 11-03-2014 ]


Member States agree Plan to tackle Childhood Obesity
[ 28-02-2014 ]


Call for information on the safety of Silica (nano)
[ 11-02-2014 ]


First meeting of the Expert Group on Rare Diseases: 11-12 February 2014
[ 11-02-2014 ]


Registration now open for “Health in Europe, making it fairer”, Brussels, 18 March 2014
[ 07-02-2014 ]


Patient Safety: New EU Rapid Alert platform for human Blood and Blood Components
[ 06-02-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)
[ 04-02-2014 ]


Chronic Diseases Joint Action gets started at kick-off meeting in Madrid
[ 29-01-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on The safety of the use of bisphenol A in medical devices
[ 29-01-2014 ]


“Addressing health inequalities 2014 and beyond” – follow on Twitter and via web streaming!
[ 23-01-2014 ]


Most EU countries are falling short of seasonal flu vaccination targets, reveals EC report
[ 09-01-2014 ]


Preliminary Opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance
[ 13-12-2013 ]


Commission convenes high-level conference to take stock on anti-microbial resistance in Europe
[ 11-12-2013 ]


Health inequalities in the EU
[ 11-12-2013 ]


Patient safety and quality of care: Launch of public consultation
[ 06-12-2013 ]


Registration opens for conference “Addressing health inequalities 2014 and beyond: building cohesion and strengthening health for growth”, Brussels, 23 January 2014
[ 03-12-2013 ]


European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing 2nd Conference of Partners: “Scaling up for Healthy Growth”
[ 25-11-2013 ]


Member States take major step in eHealth cooperation to improve care for patients across EU borders
[ 20-11-2013 ]


Commission report highlights the potential of Personalised Medicine
[ 31-10-2013 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on The safety of Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) Silicone Breast Implants (2013 update)
[ 29-10-2013 ]


Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health: Election of Chair and Vice-Chair
[ 25-10-2013 ]


Commission participates in Lithuanian Presidency conference "Mental Health: Challenges and Possibilities", 10-11 October 2013
[ 11-10-2013 ]


Medicines undergoing additional monitoring: Video and leaflet to explain new symbol
[ 01-10-2013 ]


Public consultation on the draft Opinion on Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam
[ 26-09-2013 ]


"Quit Smoking With Barça" wins Silver at the Euro EFFIE Awards
[ 19-09-2013 ]



[ 09-09-2013 ]


Health inequalities: Gaps in life expectancy and infant mortality narrow across the EU
[ 09-09-2013 ]


Call for new members of the Commission
[ 06-09-2013 ]


Active & Healthy Ageing: Reference sites receive their stars!
[ 02-07-2013 ]


Proposal for fees for pharmacovigilance payable to the European Medicines Agency adopted today
[ 26-06-2013 ]


Medicines for children: more research, more availability and more information compared with 5 years ago
[ 24-06-2013 ]


Launch of the EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013
[ 14-06-2013 ]


EU Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing – Dublin, June 13-14, 2013
[ 13-06-2013 ]


Adherence to medical plans in old age, a public concern at EU level
[ 11-06-2013 ]


Tobacco products proposal: Setting the record straight on 10 common myths
[ 30-05-2013 ]


High level meeting on HIV and Human Rights, 27-28 May, Brussels
[ 28-05-2013 ]


Members of "investing in health" expert panel nominated today
[ 22-05-2013 ]


High level conference addresses frailty in old age
[ 18-04-2013 ]


First plenary meeting of three Independent Scientific Committees
[ 11-04-2013 ]


Health Policy Forum focuses on investing in health
[ 09-04-2013 ]


New black triangle symbol for medicines subject to additional monitoring, adopted today!
[ 07-03-2013 ]


Report on Smoke-free Environments published today
[ 22-02-2013 ]


Investment in Health set as a priority in the Social Investment Package
[ 20-02-2013 ]


Launch of EU Rapid Alert platform for human Tissues and Cells
[ 01-02-2013 ]


Winners of fourth EU Health Prize for Journalists Announced
[ 30-01-2013 ]



Food and Feed Safety

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 ]


Commission updates its online content on food waste
[ 25-11-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 06-11-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 15-09-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 16-06-2014 ]


Join EFSA’s scientific panels
[ 13-05-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 05-03-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 13-09-2013 ]


Stay updated on the AMR roadmap
[ 11-07-2013 ]


Conference on Animal, Plant and Control Package: “smarter rules for safer food”
[ 11-06-2013 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 11-06-2013 ]


Keeping dangerous food off the shelves : Commission publishes annual report on EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed
[ 10-06-2013 ]


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Conference on Animal, Plant and Control Package – Smarter rules for safer food – 13 June 2013
[ 30-05-2013 ]


Commission publishes call for applications for the European Food Safety Authority
[ 27-05-2013 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 05-03-2013 ]


Impact Assessment findings on the establishment of fees for EFSA
[ 18-02-2013 ]



Animal Health and Welfare

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 ]


The Commission hosts a webinar on the importance of new technologies to empower vets in the field of animal welfare
[ 26-11-2014 ]


IWTO Multi Stakeholder Meeting
[ 26-11-2014 ]


World Veterinary Day - Global Webinar on Animal Welfare - 29 April 2014
[ 15-05-2014 ]


The Commission organises training workshop for vet practitioners on animal welfare
[ 03-04-2014 ]


European Commission announces Conference for Better Bee Health
[ 11-03-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°3/2013
[ 01-12-2013 ]


TRACES newsletter - Edition n°3/2013
[ 01-12-2013 ]


Honeybee Health: EU study provides more insight into the diversity of European beekeeping
[ 21-11-2013 ]


Combatting rabies in the EU and beyond
[ 27-09-2013 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°2/2013
[ 11-09-2013 ]


Lettre d´information TRACES - Edition n°2/2013
[ 11-09-2013 ]


The welfare of dogs and cats in the EU - "Building a Europe that cares for companion animals"
[ 04-09-2013 ]


Commission convenes workshop for veterinary practitioners on animal welfare
[ 21-08-2013 ]


Bee Health: EU takes additional measures on pesticides to better protect Europe’s bees
[ 16-07-2013 ]


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Conference on Animal, Plant and Control Package – Smarter rules for safer food – 13 June 2013
[ 30-05-2013 ]


Enforcement of animal welfare during transport – Bringing best practices to light
[ 13-05-2013 ]


Lettre d´information TRACES - Edition n°1/2013
[ 16-04-2013 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°1/2013
[ 16-04-2013 ]


Commission to issue guidelines on the welfare of pigs
[ 25-03-2013 ]



Other Issues

Health and Consumers in EU enlargement countries
[ 20-06-2014 ]



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