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​Statement by Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

28 July 2017
 The TRACES Annual Report 2016 is published The TRACES Annual Report 2016 is published

​In 2016, TRACES users further intensified their activities, with over 35 000 users worldwide generating nearly 2 million certificates and official attestations concerning trade within the European Union (EU), monitoring procedures at borders, but also imports and exports of animals, semen and embryos, food, animal feed, animal by-products and, last but not least, plants.

For more information and to view the 2016 Annual Report, Infographic and Country sheets, please visit the TRACES website. The report is available in five languages.

27 July 2017
experts Dynamic infographic on risk assessment of the European Commission's Scientific Committees

This dynamic infographic presents the risk assessment activities of the European Commission's Scientific Committees in a dynamic and concise way and provides concrete examples of how their work impacts EU legislation.

24 July 2017
ehealth Commission launches public consultation on Health and Care in the Digital Single Market

Today the European Commission launches a public consultation on how Europe should promote digital innovation in health and care, for the benefits of citizens and health systems in Europe.

20 July 2017
Acrylamide Acrylamide: vote in favour of Commission's proposal to reduce presence in food

Member States representatives voted in favour of European Commission's proposal to reduce the presence of acrylamide in food.

Once implemented, the new regulation will require that food business operators (FBOs) apply mandatory measures to reduce the presence of acrylamide, proportionate to the size and nature of their establishment.

20 July 2017
Plant Health: Continued downward trend in the number of consignments containing plant pests intercepted at EU borders Plant Health: Continued downward trend in the number of consignments containing plant pests intercepted at EU borders

The Commission's latest annual report on the operation of the system in 2016, shows that the number of interceptions made due to the presence of harmful organisms was 1,815, a reduction of 15% compared to 2015. This reflects a continuing downward trend since 2014, with an overall reduction of 25% over the period.

19 July 2017
Commission Decision on members of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health adopted on 14 July Commission Decision on members of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health adopted on 14 July

The Advisory Group (set up by Decision 2004/613/EC) gives stakeholders' views to DG SANTE on food safety policy, and specifically on issues related to food and feed safety, food and feed labelling and presentation, human nutrition in relation to food legislation, animal health and welfare and matters related to plant health. In addition, the Commission consults the group on any measures which the Commission takes or proposes in these fields.

18 July 2017
AMR: 7% of antibiotics in the EU are taken without a prescription AMR: 7% of antibiotics in the EU are taken without a prescription

A study carried out by Nivel (NL), as part of the EU-funded project ARNA, estimates that 7% of antibiotics taken in the EU are taken without a prescription.

17 July 2017
toys Aluminium in toys: public consultation on the SCHEER Preliminary Opinion

The European Commission and the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks launch a public consultation on the preliminary opinion on tolerable intake of aluminium in order to determine the acceptable levels of aluminium counts in toys. Interested parties are invited to submit comments online before 10 September 2017.

7 July 2017
Maize 1507 Endocrine disruptors: major step towards protecting citizens and environment

Today, Member States representatives voted in favour of the European Commission's proposal on scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products. This is an important step towards greater protection of citizens from harmful substances.

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4 July 2017
Maize 1507 Maize 59122

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified maize for food and feed uses has been published on 30 June 2017. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during a 1 month period.

30 June 2017
AMR Antimicrobial Resistance: Commission adopts new Action Plan

The Commission adopted today a new Action Plan to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – a growing threat that is responsible for 25,000 deaths and a €1.5 billion economic loss in the EU every year. The action plan is underpinned by a One Health approach that addresses resistance in both humans and animals as well as the environment as a potential source of resistant microorganisms. In parallel, the Commission adopts the first deliverable of the plan: EU Guidelines on the prudent use of antimicrobials in human health.

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29 June 2017
DG SANTE and Iran involved in technical cooperation TRACES: DG SANTE and Iran involved in technical cooperation

DG SANTE is participating in the standardisation of relations with Iran by developing technical cooperation with this country. This action is part of the lifting of sanctions imposed on Iran since 2003, following the signing of the Vienna agreement between Iran and the P5 + 1 (United States of America, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom and Germany).

21 June 2017
European Commission and Argentina signed landmark agreement The need for non-human primates in biomedical research, production and testing of products and devices: Final Opinion

Today, the European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) publish the final Opinion on ‘the need for non-human primates (NHP) in biomedical research, production and testing of products and devices’ (2017 update).

2 June 2017
citrus black spot EU Health Award for NGOs promoting Vaccination launched!

Today, the European Commission launches the EU Health Award for NGOs 2017, which aims to reward NGOs that have contributed to a higher level of public health in the EU through vaccination.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety said "Vaccines are one of the safest and most cost-effective ways to ensure public health and avoid preventable disease. Decreasing public trust in immunisation poses a serious threat that needs to be addressed. Anti-vaccination myths and lack of knowledge can lead to people refusing vaccines, which in turn leads to insufficient group immunisation and avoidable death. We need the support of the entire community to ensure optimal vaccination rates, and NGOs play an enormous role. I want to recognise and reward outstanding initiatives by NGOs which have significantly contributed to higher levels of vaccination in the EU population."

To submit your application, click on the link below.

Deadline 30th June 2017

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15 May 2017
citrus black spot Plant Health: emergency measures for the import of citrus fruit from Argentina

On 3 May 2017, the Commission adopted emergency measures with stricter import requirements to prevent the entry of citrus fruit from Argentina contaminated with citrus black spot, a harmful plant disease not native to Europe.

The new requirements will apply as of 5 June 2017.

10 May 2017
Citizens' Dialogue - Seville Migration and health: Kick-off meeting for MYHEALTH and MIGHEALTH projects

Today in Luxembourg, the European Commission is organising a meeting to launch two three-year projects on migrants' health

3 May 2017
Citizens' Dialogue - Seville Citizens' Dialogue with Commissioner Andriukaitis in Seville

Vytenis Andriukaitis, the Commissioner for Health & Food Safety, will take part in a Citizens' Dialogue in Seville, Spain, on 28 April. He will answer questions concerning health issues and the future of Europe alongside Manuel Jiménez Barrios, Vice-President and Minister of Presidency of Regional Government of Andalucia. The event will be livestreamed from 10.30 CET.

27 April 2017
Soybean FG72 x A5547-127 AMR Workshop - Antimicrobial consumption in animals: achievements and challenges in data collection

The main aim of the workshop is to explore how data on antimicrobial consumption in animals can be improved. The discussion will also provide technical input for proposed legal provisions at EU level.

26 April 2017
Soybean FG72 x A5547-127 Scientific Advice on breast implants published today

The Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) have published two Scientific Advices on breast implants and health: one on new scientific information on PIP breast implants and the other on the possible association between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

7 April 2017
Soybean FG72 x A5547-127 New public consultation launched - GMO - Soybean FG72 x A5547-127

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean for food and feed uses has been published on 6 April 2017. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during 1 month period.

6 April 2017
Scientific Committees Infographic on risk assessment by the European Commission's Scientific Committees

This new infographic presents the risk assessment activities of the European Commission's Scientific Committees in a clear and concise way and provides concrete examples of how their work impacts EU legislation.

31 March 2017
Cotton MON 88701 New public consultation launched - GMO - Cotton MON 88701

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified cotton for food and feed uses has been published on 30 March 2017. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during 1 month period.

31 March 2017
EFSA Management Board Call for expressions of interest for the position of member of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority

The European Commission is organising a selection procedure to replace 7 out of 14 members of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) whose mandates will expire on 30 June 2018. The deadline for submission of applications is 19 May 2017.


24 March 2017
Soybean DAS-44406-6 New public consultation launched - GMO - Soybean DAS-44406-6

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean for food and feed uses has been published on 21 March 2017. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during a 1 month period

21 March 2017
Soybean DAS-68416-4 New public consultation launched - GMO - Soybean DAS-68416-4

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean for food and feed uses has been published on 17 March 2017. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during a 1 month period

20 March 2017
Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging RisksScientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks

Science factsheet on UV-C lamps now also available in French, German and Spanish.

16 March 2017
taskforce Statement by Commissioner Andriukaitis on the Adoption of the Regulation on Official Controls

Commissioner Andriukaitis welcomes adoption of the Regulation on Official controls which will increase Member States' ability to prevent, eliminate or reduce health risks to humans, animals and plants. The Regulation provides a package of measures that will strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain.

The new rules aim at modernising and simplifying the European control system to ensure that food in the European Union is safe along the entire agri-food chain.

15 March 2017
cosmetics Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety: new factsheet on the safety of personal care products

The factsheet is available in:

8 March 2017
taskforce Consultation launched on the review of the EU Regulation on nutrition and health claims

This open public consultation aims to collect the views of citizens on the ongoing review of the EU Regulation on nutrition and health claims made on foods and how plant substances used in foods are regulated in the EU.

28 February 2017
taskforce European Reference Networks: 900 medical teams to connect across Europe for the benefit of patients

On 1 March the newly established European Reference Networks (ERNs) will start their work. ERNs are unique and innovative cross-border cooperation platforms between specialists for the diagnosis and treatment of rare or low prevalence complex diseases. Between 6 000 and 8 000 rare diseases affect the daily lives of around 30 million people in the EU. Joining up of EU's best expertise on rare diseases is a tangible example of EU-added value in the area of health.

2 March 2017
taskforce Taskforce to take Health and Digital policies further

The European Commission has set up a task force bringing together technology and health policy makers. The aim is to advance the way technology can improve and innovate healthcare.

27 February 2017
partnership "Strategic investments for the future of healthcare" to be discussed in Brussels today

Today, in Brussels, Member States and regional representatives, healthcare service providers, public and private investors, economists, and practice innovators, participate in a Seminar on strategic investments for the future of healthcare, organised by the European Commission.

27 February 2017
pork ban 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI): Outbreak preparedness and response to terrorist attacks on the agenda

The main topics for discussion are global preparedness in the event of an outbreak and response to both conventional and chemical or biological terrorist attacks.

24 February 2017
pork ban WTO confirms Russian pork ban is illegal

The WTO’s Appellate Body today confirmed that Russia's import ban from 2014 on live pigs, pork and other pig products from the EU violates international trade rules. The ruling concerns a ban imposed by Russia because of the outbreak of African Swine Fever in areas in the EU close to the border with Belarus. In August 2016, a WTO panel acknowledged that the Russian measures are not based on the relevant international standards and violate WTO rules. Today's ruling confirms this finding, thereby sending another strong signal to Russia and all WTO Members on their obligation to respect international standards and, in particular, the principle of Regionalisation, which would allow trade from individual areas of a country which are recognised as pest or disease-free, independent of the health status in the rest of the country. The EU has one of the world's most efficient animal health and food safety systems, including high detection levels and stringent risk management rules. EU products from disease-free areas are safe, and there is no need for any country to maintain unjustified import restrictions. The EU calls on Russia to withdraw its unjustified measures and allow EU companies to resume normal business with their Russian partners.

23 February 2017
hearing Scientific Opinion assessing health risks associated with UV-C radiation from lamps concludes that further research is needed

The Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) confirms that exposure to UV-C lamps can cause skin and eye problems, but that more data is needed on long-term exposure to establish whether it can cause cancer.

16 February 2017
hearing Public consultation starts today on the SCHEER Preliminary Opinion on ‘The need for non-human primates in biomedical research, production and testing of products and devices’ (2017 update)

Comments about relevant scientific evidence to be submitted before 26 March 2017.

10 February 2017
Cancer report EU report shows encouraging developments in the area of national cancer screening programmes

The implementation report on the 2003 Council Recommendation on cancer screening, published today, reveals a steep rise in national screening programmes for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. The report also includes a set of essential indicators to document the quality of screenings.

9 February 2017
Animal Welfare Citizen Dialogue with Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, Budapest, 9 February

On 9 February at 17:00 CET Commmissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis will participate in a Citizen's Dialogue in Budapest.

8 February 2017
Animal Welfare Winners of EU Health Award on AMR 2017 announced

The winners of the EU Health Award were announced on February 6th 2017 at the Horizon Prize and EU Health Award for NGOs joint ceremony in Leuven, Belgium, in presence of EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis. The first prize was awarded to the European Consumer Centre for their initiative "From Farm to You"; the second prize to Alliance to Save our Antibiotics with the initiative of the same name; and the third prize to the World Alliance against Antibiotic Resistance for their initiative "Acting to preserve our antibiotics". Through the EU Health Award, the European Commission aims to draw attention to outstanding good practices by NGOs to reduce the threat to human health from AMR and encourage their wider replication throughout the EU.

6 February 2017
Animal Welfare Citizen's Dialogue with Commissioner Andriukaitis, 3 February, Croatia

On 3 February, at 11:00 CET Commmissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis will participate in a Citizen's Dialogue in Zagreb, Croatia. He will be joined on stage by Tomislav Tolušić, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia. Key topics will include: food safety and public health, prevention and risk factors, nutrition and current state of Europe and its future.

2 February 2017
Animal Welfare New video on the Scientific Committees

Did you know the European Commission's Scientific Committees are working hard to protect your health? They help keep you safe by giving careful consideration to things you might not even think about and their work impacts on EU legislation. Take a look at this new video clip to find out more!

1 February 2017
Animal Welfare Animal Welfare: Call for application for European Platform on Animal Welfare launched today

The Commission is calling for applications from business and professional organisations, organisations from civil society and independent experts from academic and research institutes with expertise in animal welfare. The call has opened today and will run until 06 March 2017 at the latest.

30 January 2017
medicines AMR: Commission launches public consultation on new Action Plan

Today, the Commission launches a public consultation on possible activities to include in the new "One Health" Action Plan it plans to adopt by summer 2017. The consultation includes a questionnaire for public administrations and stakeholders, and a questionnaire for citizens, to ensure that everyone has their voice heard on how best the Action Plan can support EU countries in the fight against AMR. The consultation will run until 28 April 2017.

27 January 2017
Animal Welfare: the Commission adopts the creation of a Platform Animal Welfare: the Commission adopts the creation of a Platform

Today, the Commission adopted the creation of an expert group on animal welfare to be called the Platform on Animal Welfare. Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner in charge of Health and Food Safety, had outlined this Platform in the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 14 November 2016.

24 January 2017
Maize 1507 Maize 1507

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified maize for food and feed uses, import and processing, was published on 12 January 2017. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion for the next month.

23 January 2017
Reopening of the American market to French beef Reopening of the American market to French beef: statement from Commissioners Malmström, Andriukaitis and Hogan

The United States announced the lifting of the import embargo regarding beef originating from France. The European Commission welcomes this decision which represents a new step in the reopening of a marked which had been closed since the BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) crisis of the 1990s.

16 January 2017
Seminar - Healthy EU pigs to open new market opportunities - 20 January Seminar - Healthy EU pigs to open new market opportunities - 20 January

On 20 January 2017, the Commission is organising, together with UECBV and Copa-Cogeca, a seminar on biosecurity in the pig sector with title "Healthy EU pigs to open new market opportunities." This seminar will take place in the framework of the International Green Week Berlin 2017.

Different high level speakers, including Commissioner Andriukaitis, will address this issue, together with the African swine fever situation in the region.

16 January 2017
Call for applications for membership of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health Call for applications for membership of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health

The Commission is calling for applications with a view to revising the membership of the group, in compliance with the requirements set up by the revised horizontal rules for Commission Expert Groups (‘the horizontal rules’).

Interested organisations operating at European-level are invited to apply by 31 January 2017 at the latest.

15 December 2016
GMOs: EU extends phasing out period for traces of obsolete GM oilseed rapes GMOs: EU extends phasing out period for traces of obsolete GM oilseed rapes

The European Union decided today to extend with three years the phasing out period for traces of obsolete (previously authorised and cultivated in Canada but currently not commercialised anywhere as such) GM oilseed rapes (Ms1xRf1, Ms1xRf2 and Topas 19/2). Member States endorsed the European Commission Decision to that effect at the meeting of the Standing Committee on the Plant, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF) of 16 November 2016.

14 December 2016
Tobacco: Commission urges Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden to notify transposition of the Directive on tobacco products sold in the EU Tobacco: Commission urges Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden to notify transposition of the Directive on tobacco products sold in the EU

Today, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden to notify full transposition of the Tobacco Products Directive (Directive 2014/40/EU). This Directive aims to improve the functioning of the internal market for tobacco and related products, while ensuring a high level of health protection for European citizens. The Directive sets out that its provisions should had been transposed into national law by 20 May 2016.

8 December 2016
Soybean DAS-81419-2 Soybean DAS-81419-2

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean for food and feed uses was published on 5 December 2016. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during 1 month.

8 December 2016
Maize DAS-40278-9 Maize DAS-40278-9

One new EFSA opinion on genetically modified maize for food and feed uses, import and processing, was published on 05 December 2016. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during 1 month.

8 December 2016
Animal health: European Commission takes action against the spread of Avian Flu Animal health: European Commission takes action against the spread of Avian Flu

On Wednesday 30 November the Member States supported a Commission proposal that consolidates the protective measures in relation to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of subtype H5N8 in several Member States.

1 December 2016
No safe exposure limit for UV radiation from sunbeds, concludes independent scientific committee No safe exposure limit for UV radiation from sunbeds, concludes independent scientific committee

Today, the European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) publish the final Opinion on the biological effects of ultraviolet radiation relevant to health with particular reference to sunbeds for cosmetic purposes.

30 November 2016
African Swine Fever and Avian Influenza: Commissioner Andriukaitis visits Ukraine African Swine Fever and Avian Influenza: Commissioner Andriukaitis visits Ukraine

Today, during his visit to Ukraine, Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety met Taras Kutoviy, Minister for Agricultural Policy and Food.

25 November 2016
DG SANTE kicks off "State of Health in the EU" cycle DG SANTE kicks off "State of Health in the EU" cycle

On 23 November the Commission and the OECD presented the new "Health at a Glance: Europe" report. The report is the first step in a new two-year cycle of DG SANTE, bringing together expertise to strengthen country-specific and EU-wide knowledge on health. The report was presented by Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría in Brussels. At the occasion of the launch, Director-General Xavier Prats Monné and OECD Director Stefano Scarpetta signed a new strategic cooperation arrangement.

24 November 2016
GMOs: Commission authorises a GM carnation for ornamental uses GMOs: Commission authorises a GM carnation for ornamental uses

On 23 November 2016, the Commission adopted a Decision on the placing on the market of a GM cut flower (carnation line SHD-27531-4). The Decision covers the placing on the market of this GMO for ornamental purposes only and excludes cultivation. The genetic modification is for a specific flower colour.

24 November 2016
Public Consultation on the mid-term evaluation of the 3rd Health Programme (2014-2020) opens today Public Consultation on the mid-term evaluation of the 3rd Health Programme (2014-2020) opens today

Being nearly at the half-way point of the 3rd Health Programme which runs from 2014 to 2020, the Commission would like to evaluate whether it is meeting its objectives and whether there is room for improvement. The consultation is open until 23 February 2017.

23 November 2016
Commission kicks off "State of Health in the EU" cycle with the OECD's new "Health at a Glance: Europe" report Commission kicks off "State of Health in the EU" cycle with the OECD's new "Health at a Glance: Europe" report

Life expectancy now exceeds 80 years in most EU countries, but still more than 1 million people die every year from potentially avoidable diseases and injuries. Find out more in the latest "Health at a Glance: Europe" report.

23 November 2016
Leading the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance: New Action Plan to be launched in 2017 Leading the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance: New Action Plan to be launched in 2017

On the occasion of the 9th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, said that "the EU has, since we became aware of the dangers of antibiotic resistance, led the way in the fight against this massive threat for humankind".

The Commissioner also reminded that the Commission will launch, in 2017, a second Action Plan "building upon and strengthening work done and supporting Member States in the implementation and monitoring of their National Action Plans".

EAAD is a European health initiative coordinated by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) which aims to provide a platform and support for national campaigns on the fight against AMR.

18 November 2016
Registration now open for the EU Health Policy Platform meeting on 5 December Registration now open for the EU Health Policy Platform meeting on 5 December

The EU Health Policy Platform is the main channel for communication and cooperation between health interest groups and organisations and the Commission. Interested parties are invited to register for the meeting by 25 November.

17 November 2016
European Antibiotic Awareness Day: Meeting in Brussels with Commissioner Andriukaitis European Antibiotic Awareness Day: Meeting in Brussels with Commissioner Andriukaitis

European Commission, together with the ECDC, will host an EU-level launch event entitled “European Antibiotic Awareness Day: the future is now”.

16 November 2016
Medicines for children: Consultation to gather stakeholders' experiences of the EU Paediatric Regulation opens today Medicines for children: Consultation to gather stakeholders' experiences of the EU Paediatric Regulation opens today

The stakeholder consultation, launched by the European Commission today, aims to gather real-life experiences and opinions on the Paediatric Regulation. The consultation is open until 20 February 2017.

15 November 2016
Animal health: Commission is calling for vigilance regarding recent outbreaks of avian influenza Animal health: Commission is calling for vigilance regarding recent outbreaks of avian influenza

The Commission is calling for vigilance by Member States' authorities and the poultry sector in the EU, and for the stepping up of biosecurity on poultry farms. Following confirmation on 4 November of the highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 on a turkey fattening farm in Hungary.

8 November 2016
Hong Kong boost for EU meat exporters Hong Kong boost for EU meat exporters

Prospects for EU exports of meat to Hong Kong have been given a boost this week following an agreement between EU Commissioner Phil Hogan and Hong Kong Secretary for Food & Health Gregory Ko over certification requirements.

4 November 2016
AMR: Commission continues fight against Antimicrobial Resistance with announcement of second Action Plan AMR: Commission continues fight against Antimicrobial Resistance with announcement of second Action Plan

The Commission will scale up its fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR), with the launch in 2017 of a second Action Plan. The new Action Plan will take the form of a Commission communication to the European Parliament and the Council and builds on the previous plan that is coming to an end in 2016. The evaluation of the 2011-2016 Action Plan shows that there is clear added value that the EU can bring to the fight against AMR. The new Action plan will focus on supporting Member States, particularly in establishing, implementing and monitoring their National Action Plans, bringing together EU funds and instruments in order to promote innovation and research against AMR and strengthening its leading role in global fora, notably within the international organisations and with major trade partners.

28 October 2016
Human and Animal Health: Evaluation of the AMR Action Plan shows clear added value Human and Animal Health: Evaluation of the AMR Action Plan shows clear added value

The Commission published today the evaluation of the AMR Action Plan (2011-2016). The evaluation concludes that the Action Plan had a clear added value acting as a symbol of political commitment, stimulating several actions within Member States, and has served to strengthen international cooperation. The Action Plan has also provided a framework to guide and coordinate activities on AMR at international level in the area of monitoring and surveillance and on R&D.

24 October 2016
Commission launches public consultation on strengthening EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessment Commission launches public consultation on strengthening EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessment

The consultation will be announced today by Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, at the EC-EUnetHTA Forum "European cooperation on HTA: what's next?".

21 October 2016
18 October: European Organ Donation Day 18 October: European Organ Donation Day

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17 October 2016
Conference on Food Chain in the Digital Single Market, 9 November 2016 Conference on Food Chain in the Digital Single Market, 9 November 2016

The integrated digital environment in the food chain applied from stable to table contributes to transparency, early awareness related to food safety and to possible coordination between controls institutions and stakeholders in both national and international dimensions. This conference will address the present situation and explore the options for the future.

11 October 2016
Adoption of new innovative fodder plant seed mixtures Adoption of 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.

30 September 2016
4-6th October 2016: Meeting and Webinar on Actions to Prevent Tailbiting and Reduce Tail docking of Pigs 4-6th October 2016: Meeting and Webinar on Actions to Prevent Tailbiting and Reduce Tail docking of Pigs

The European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety is organising a three day meeting at the offices of its Health and Food Audit and Analysis Directorate in Ireland on actions to prevent tailbiting and reduce tail docking of pigs.

26 September 2016
Commissioner Andriukaitis Addresses 71st UN General Assembly, high level meeting on Antimicrobial resistance Commissioner Andriukaitis Addresses 71st UN General Assembly, high level meeting on Antimicrobial resistance

In his address, the Commissioner on behalf of the European Union welcomed the political declaration to globally fight antibiotic resistance and emphasised the strong need for close international cooperation and coordination to address AMR. "AMR is a major global challenge which requires a global solution; we need to work together to shape and implement joint measures. The European Union and its Member States are committed to playing their part in international efforts" he said.

22 September 2016
Deadline extended - Do you wish to be a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on characterising flavours in tobacco products? Deadline extended - Do you wish to be a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on characterising flavours in tobacco products?

The European Commission is looking for experts in sensory analysis, chemical analysis and statistics. Apply to the call for expression of interest until 20 October 2016 (deadline extended).

21 September 2016
Scientific Committees - The database of experts is now open Scientific Committees - The database of experts is now open

Are you interested to contribute to the work of the Scientific Committees in the new 2016-2021 term as external expert?

19 September 2016
 GMOs: Commission authorises GMOs for food/feed use GMOs: Commission authorises GMOs for food/feed use

Today, the Commission authorised the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of, or produced from GM maizes.  This authorization – valid for 10 years and which does not cover cultivation - is taking place after the 11 GMOs have gone through a full authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by EFSA. The GMOs approved today had received "no opinion" vote from the Member States in both the Standing and Appeal Committees and the Commission decided to adopt this pending decision.

15 September 2016
Animal Health: Commission further updates control measures to combat African swine fever Animal Health: Commission further updates control measures to combat African swine fever

An update of EU control measures to combat the spread of African swine fever (ASF) was endorsed by Member State experts on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. These regionalised restrictions, reviewing the disease control measures for Lithuania and Poland, confirm the interim protective measures adopted by the Commission earlier on in August and September and reshape of the ASF regionalisation adapting the infected areas under restriction to the current risk posed by this very severe pig disease. This allows to specifically addressing the most recent cluster of disease outbreaks in domestic pigs which occurred this summer in Poland and that are being brought under control. 

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

A new set of modern EU control and preventive measures to combat Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) were endorsed today by Member State experts.  The new rules contain more sustainable and proportionate movement restrictions for live cattle and other animal products at risk to be infected. New regionalisation rules have been agreed that differentiate between infected and disease free zones with vaccination. Furthermore a new EU reference laboratory for LSD and other related viruses has been selected to contribute to prevent and eradicate the disease in the EU.

14 September 2016
Action on Antimicrobial resistance in EU/EEA Members States: Good progress but more to do Action on Antimicrobial resistance in EU/EEA Members States: Good progress but more to do

The Commission today published a report prepared by the University of Bordeaux on the implementation of the Council recommendation of 15 November 2001 (2002/77/EC) on the prudent use of antimicrobial agents in human medicine.  The report is based on questionnaires completed by EU and EEA Member States in 2015, which were analysed by the Bordeaux researchers.

9 September 2016
Health-EU Newsletter Information Survey Health-EU Newsletter Information Survey

​The Health and Food Safety Directorate-General of the European Commission is reviewing its Health-EU-Newsletter and welcomes your feedback. Your views will help us to better understand your information needs. The survey results are anonymous and confidential and will not be used for purposes other than this evaluation.

Deadline for filling in the form: 02 October 2016.

9 September 2016
Commission supplies emergency consignment of Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine to the Republic of Mauritius Commission supplies emergency consignment of Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine to the Republic of Mauritius

The European Commission is sending, as an emergency response, a total of 300,000 doses of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines to the Republic of Mauritius, in support of their FMD vaccination campaign. The Republic of Mauritius asked for urgent assistance in order to be able to tackle the ongoing outbreaks in the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues. The vaccine comes from the EU vaccine bank. The shipment is due to be delivered within the next three weeks.

31 August 2016
Publication of guidance on food safety management systems including HACCP Publication of guidance on food safety management systems including HACCP

From theory to practice. The Commission just published in all EU languages a notice to facilitate understanding and implementation of food safety management systems by food business operators. It explains in concrete terms what is expected from them to ensure compliance with this basic requirement of EU food safety legislation, highlighting notably the possible facilitations offered by the EU legislation for small and medium size establishments (SMEs).

30 August 2016
Maize Bt11 x 59122 x MIR604 x 1507 x GA21 Maize Bt11 x 59122 x MIR604 x 1507 x GA21

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified maize for food and feed uses, import and processing, was published on 26 August 2016. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during 1 month.

30 August 2016
Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed: more efficient than ever Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed: more efficient than ever

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) 2015 annual report, published today, reveals that the European Commission last year received 3049 notifications of food or feed risks via this EU-wide alert system. Of these notifications, 775 alerts concerned a serious health risk.

26 August 2016
Soybean 305423 x 40-3-2 Soybean 305423 x 40-3-2

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean for food and feed uses was published on 18 August 2016. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion during a 1 month period.

23 August 2016
Commission publishes composition of its Platform on Food waste and Food losses Commission publishes composition of its Platform on Food waste and Food losses

The Commission announced today the composition of the EU Platform on Food losses and Food Waste. Part of the 2015 EU Action Plan for Circular Economy, the Platform is to bring together 70 member organisations, both from the public and private sectors, in order to maximise the contribution of all actors and support achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to halve per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030, as well as to reduce food losses along the food production and supply chains. The Platform will have its kick-off launch meeting on 29 November

1 August 2016
Countries should reduce use of colistin in animals to decrease the risk of antimicrobial resistance Countries should reduce use of colistin in animals to decrease the risk of antimicrobial resistance

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended that colistin-containing medicines should only be used as a second line treatment in animals and that their sales should be minimised across all European Union (EU) Member States to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance. The advice updates EMA guidance from 2013 and takes into account comments made by stakeholders during a public consultation that ended on 26 June 2016. The goal is to cut colistin sales by 65%.

27 July 2016
Deadline 31 July - EU Health Award for NGOs fighting Antimicrobial Resistance Deadline 31 July - EU Health Award for NGOs fighting Antimicrobial Resistance

The deadline to apply for the 2016 EU Health Award is approaching. In 2016, the European Commission’s EU Health Award recognises and rewards the efforts and achievements of European NGOs towards reducing the threat to human health from antimicrobial resistance.

26 July 2016
Preparedness Guide on Zika and Substances of Human Origin Preparedness Guide on Zika and Substances of Human Origin

The European Centre for Disease prevention and control published today a guide for the preparation and implementation of a national preparedness plan for the safety of substances of human origin (SoHO) such as blood, tissue and cells in the event of a Zika virus outbreak in Europe.  Zika virus is mainly transmitted to humans through mosquitoes but can potentially also be transmitted through substances of human origin. The activities set out in this guide aim to assist the Member States in decision making on how to assess and manage the risks posed by Zika to the safety of SoHO. The guide identifies concrete activities to be considered at the local, national and EU level.

15 July 2016
Pesticides: Member States support Commission's proposal to restrict the conditions of use of glyphosate Pesticides: Member States support Commission's proposal to restrict the conditions of use of glyphosate

The Member States – in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (meeting of national experts) – today voted in favour of a proposal by the Commission to restrict the conditions of use of glyphosate in the EU. These conditions include a ban of a co-formulant (POE-tallowamine) from glyphosate-based products, obligations to reinforce scrutiny of pre-harvest use of glyphosate as well as to minimise the use in specific areas (public parks and playgrounds). The proposal was made in parallel with the extension of the approval of the active substance for the limited time. The measures will apply for the duration of the extension until ECHA issues its opinion.

11 July 2016