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|Final opinion on Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam
The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) have published the final opinion on Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam, which updates the 2008 SCHER Opinion on the same subject. The final opinion takes into account contributions received during the public consultation as appropriate.
|European Consumer Day: Commission kicks off consumer awareness campaign
On the occasion of the European Consumer Day, the Commission presented EU efforts over the last year to strengthen consumer rights. During this time substantial progress has been made regarding among others: Consumer Rights Directive, package travel holidays, effective dispute settlement or consumer protection for apps customers. European Consumers Centres (ECC-Net) dealt with and resolved far more complaints and requests for advice than ever before. To ensure that consumers are aware of their rights under EU law and use them in everyday life, the European Commission will run an information campaign in eight countries where studies have shown that there is least awareness of consumer rights in the EU.
|Public consultation launched on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements
The Preliminary Opinion on The safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants has been published for public consultation by the Commission and its independent Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). The consultation remains open until 25 April 2014.
|Commission and Member States to raise consumer concerns with app industry
Europe's "app economy" is booming. It employs over 1 million people and is expected to be worth €63bn in the next five years. At present over 50% of the EU online games' market consists of games advertised as “free”, although they often entail, sometimes costly, in-app purchases. Often consumers are not fully aware that they are spending money because their credit cards get charged by default. The European Commission is meeting on 27 and 28 February national enforcement authorities and large tech companies to discuss and find possible solutions to these consumer protection concerns.”
|Third Health Programme 2014-2020 adopted by the European Parliament
On 26 February the EP adopted the Commission proposal for the establishment of the third Health Programme 2014-2020. The next step in the procedure is the adoption of the programme by the Council.