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African Swine Fever and Avian Influenza: Commissioner Andriukaitis visits UkraineAfrican 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" cycleDG 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 usesGMOs: 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 todayPublic 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" reportCommission 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 2017Leading 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 DecemberRegistration 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 AndriukaitisEuropean 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 todayMedicines 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 influenzaAnimal 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.

08 November 2016
Hong Kong boost for EU meat exportersHong 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.

04 November 2016
AMR: Commission continues fight against Antimicrobial Resistance with announcement of second Action PlanAMR: 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 valueHuman 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 AssessmentCommission 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 Day18 October: European Organ Donation Day

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17 October 2016
Conference on Food Chain in the Digital Single Market, 9 November 2016Conference 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 mixturesAdoption 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 Pigs4-6th 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 resistanceCommissioner 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 openScientific 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 DiseaseExotic 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 doAction 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.

09 September 2016
Health-EU Newsletter Information SurveyHealth-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.

09 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 HACCPPublication 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 GA21Maize 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 everRapid 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 40-3-2Soybean 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 lossesCommission 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

01 August 2016
Countries should reduce use of colistin in animals to decrease the risk of antimicrobial resistanceCountries 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 ResistanceDeadline 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 OriginPreparedness 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 glyphosatePesticides: 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
Commissioner Andriukaitis announces the State of Health in the EU initiativeCommissioner Andriukaitis announces the State of Health in the EU initiative

With this package, the Commission will bring together internationally recognised expertise with the aim to provide Member States with evidence on health that is relevant to their specific country context and can maximise the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of their health systems.

17 June 2016
Commissioner Andriukaitis welcomes the political agreement reached on the EU proposal for revision of the provisions on official controls along the food chainCommissioner Andriukaitis welcomes the political agreement reached on the EU proposal for revision of the provisions on official controls along the food chain

"I welcome the political agreement reached [yesterday, 15/6] at the last trilogue between the co-legislators on the Official Controls proposal. This brings us a step closer toward smarter rules for the enforcement of agri-food legislation. The EU is equipping itself with a simpler and more effective control system in the areas of food and feed safety rules, veterinary and phytosanitary requirements, organic production and protected geographical indication rules. This regulation is part of a comprehensive package which includes major reviews to improve both animal and plant health legislation".

16 June 2016
Andriukaitis: lack of awareness on antimicrobial resistance highlights the need to intensify EU actionAndriukaitis: lack of awareness on antimicrobial resistance highlights the need to intensify EU action

As part of its wider strategy to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the European Commission publishes a Special Eurobarometer survey, showing a decrease of 6% in the consumption of antibiotics but at the same time a persistent lack of awareness on their effects.

16 June 2016
Commission presents scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the pesticides and biocides areasCommission presents scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the pesticides and biocides areas

Today the European Commission presents criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products and biocides. The Commission proposes to the Council and the European Parliament to adopt a strong science-based approach to the identification of endocrine disruptors and to endorse the WHO definition.

15 June 2016
High level conference on Food Authenticity and Integrity, 24 June 2016, Brussels High level conference on Food Authenticity and Integrity, 24 June 2016, Brussels

If you would like to learn more about food traceability and authenticity in the EU regulatory context, you might be interested in this conference.

The conference will gather business operators, regulators, consumers and experts from laboratories and research centers.

08 June 2016
Oilseed rape Ms8 x Rf3 x GT73Oilseed rape Ms8 x Rf3 x GT73

One new EFSA opinion on genetically modified oilseed rape for food and feed uses was published on the 20 May 2016. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on these opinions for a one month period.

23 May 2016
As of today, all EU countries must comply with the Tobacco Products Directive As of today, all EU countries must comply with the Tobacco Products Directive

The Directive includes measures on packaging, flavourings, additives, e-cigarettes and more. Read the statement by Commissioner Andriukatis and the 10 key changes for tobacco products sold in the EU.

20 May 2016
Plant Health: New Measures against Xylella Fastidiosa adopted by CommissionPlant Health: New Measures against Xylella Fastidiosa adopted by Commission

New measures against Xylella fastidiosa, one of the most dangerous plant bacteria known worldwide, were officially adopted by the Commission yesterday, following the endorsement of Member States experts on 15th April 2016. These measures update some elements of the existing emergency provisions (Decision (EU) 789/2015), and take into account the evolution of Xylella fastidiosa in the Italian territory (Apulia region), and the fact that new outbreaks have been reported in the area surrounding the infected province of Lecce.  They also provide for an enlarged demarcated area in order to prevent further spread of the bacterium in the rest of the Union territory. 

13 May 2016
Inaugural meeting of the Scientific Committees (term 2016-2021) in LuxembourgInaugural meeting of the Scientific Committees (term 2016-2021) in Luxembourg

Members of the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) and the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) have been welcomed by SANTE Director General Xavier Prats Monné and the Luxembourgish Minister of Health Lydia Mutsch.

29 April 2016
Call for applications for European Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste launched todayCall for applications for European Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste launched today

According to the most recent assessment of food waste levels published by the EU-funded research project, FUSIONS, around 88 million tonnes of food waste are produced in the EU-28 each year, amounting to an estimated 143 billion euros. The equivalent of 20% of total food produced in the EU is considered to end up as food waste. Meanwhile, 55 million people in the EU are not able to afford a quality meal every second day (Eurostat, October 2015).

28 April 2016
SCHER final Opinion on potential risks to human health and the environment from the use of calcium cyanamide as fertiliserSCHER final Opinion on potential risks to human health and the environment from the use of calcium cyanamide as fertiliser

The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) have concluded that harmful effects for humans and for the environment could not be excluded when calcium cyanamide is used at the current rates of application.

22 April 2016
New leaflet on Scientific Committees SCHEER and SCCS (term 2016-2021)New leaflet on Scientific Committees SCHEER and SCCS (term 2016-2021)

Read the leaflet on the new Scientific Committees SCHEER and SCCS (term 2016-2021).

21 April 2016
Commission welcomes opening of Mexican market to Spanish pigmeat Commission welcomes opening of Mexican market to Spanish pigmeat

The Mexican market is now open for fresh pig meat from Spain, with a number of other EU Member States expected to follow in the coming months. Concerted efforts to remove technical barriers to EU exports of agricultural products to third markets are bearing fruit for EU producers who can benefit from new trade opportunities, and this was welcomed by Commissioners Andriukaitis, Malmström and Hogan

18 April 2016
Member States endorse additional EU measures against Xylella fastidiosaMember States endorse additional EU measures against Xylella fastidiosa

Last Friday, Member States experts endorsed additional measures against Xylella fastidiosa, one of the most dangerous plant bacteria known worldwide. The new measures update some elements of the existing emergency provisions adopted in May 2015. In particular, it takes into account the evolution of Xylella fastidiosa in the Italian territory (Apulia region) and the fact that new outbreaks have been reported in the area surrounding the infected province of Lecce since the adoption of the last emergency measures in 2015. The measures endorsed on Friday provide for an enlarged demarcated area in order to prevent further spread of the bacterium in the rest of the Union territory.

18 April 2016
Final Opinion on estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by childrenFinal Opinion on estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children

The SCHER was asked to review available data on the ingestion of three types of toy material by children, and evaluate whether the ingestion amounts are still appropriate or whether they should be changed.

15 April 2016
Emergency measures for the import of citrus fruit from several non-EU countriesEmergency measures for the import of citrus fruit from several non-EU countries

Member State experts today endorsed emergency measures proposed by the Commission, with stricter requirements for the importation citrus fruit from Brazil, South Africa and Uruguay. The measures are intended to increase the protection against fruits contaminated with citrus black spot, a harmful plant disease not native to Europe.

15 April 2016
New compilation CD with 2015 Scientific Committees' opinions New compilation CD with 2015 Scientific Committees' opinions

A compilation of all scientific opinions adopted in 2015 by the Commission's non-food Scientific Committees SCCS, SCHER and SCENIHR is now available.

12 April 2016
Cotton 281-24-236 × 3006-210-23 × MON 88913Cotton 281-24-236 × 3006-210-23 × MON 88913

One new EFSA opinion on genetically modified cotton 281-24-236 × 3006-210-23 × MON 88913 for food and feed uses, import and processing, was published on the 8 April 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.

12 April 2016
World Health DayWorld Health Day

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis highlights the Potential for the Prevention of Diabetes.

07 April 2016
Call for experts on ad hoc rapid risk assessment of cross-border chemical threats: enrol now!Call for experts on ad hoc rapid risk assessment of cross-border chemical threats: enrol now!

In case of cross-border chemical threats, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks is asked to provide a risk assessment within 36 hours. DG Sante is launching a call for experts to create a pool of experts to assist in this task. Deadline 22 April 2016.

06 April 2016
Scientific committees: members appointed for the term 2016-2021Scientific committees: members appointed for the term 2016-2021

The Commission has appointed the members of its Scientific Committees that provide independent scientific advice related to health, the environment and emerging risks, to inform EU policy making.

04 April 2016
Call for proposals on Chronic Kidney Diseases Call for proposals on Chronic Kidney Diseases

This call covers three priority areas related to the pilot project on chronic kidney diseases: a study to assess the different treatment modalities for chronic kidney diseases; the establishment by EU countries of registries to follow-up living donors; the establishment of follow-up registers for transplant recipients.

31 March 2016
Another weapon in the fight against animal diseases and antimicrobial resistanceAnother weapon in the fight against animal diseases and antimicrobial resistance

The final rule on Animal Health was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission's proposal. The new law that comes into force on the 20 April and will be applicable in 5 years, paves the way for a more efficient system to combat transmissible animal diseases. These diseases can have a devastating effect on our livestock production, like foot and mouth disease and bluetongue. Others, like avian influenza, or certain newly emerging diseases, have the potential to affect also human health

31 March 2016
Commission publishes its Report on the Sustainable use of Biocides Commission publishes its Report on the Sustainable use of Biocides

The report published today provides information on how the Biocidal Products Regulation is contributing or can contribute to the sustainable use of biocidal products.

17 March 2016
Call for interest for European Reference Networks launched todayCall for interest for European Reference Networks launched today

A call for highly specialised healthcare providers to establish European Reference Networks (ERNs) has opened today, and will run until 21 June 2016. An info day will take place on 7 April 2016.

16 March 2016
Health Programme 2014-2020: Commission adopts Work Programme for 2016Health Programme 2014-2020: Commission adopts Work Programme for 2016

The overall total amount of EU funding available in 2016 covering grants and tenders is nearly €58 million. Calls for proposals for projects will be launched in March 2016.

01 March 2016
Commission welcomes US reopening of its market to Dutch beefCommission welcomes US reopening of its market to Dutch beef

The United States announced that it will lift its ban on beef from the Netherlands. After Ireland and Lithuania, the Netherlands is the third EU country to gain access to the US market since the BSE-related ban. The opening of the US market to Dutch beef sends a positive signal to producers in other parts of the EU that are still waiting for the end of the disproportionately strict and lasting US trade restrictions.

29 February 2016
Public Hearing on the SCENIHR Opinion 'Biological effects of ultraviolet radiation relevant to health with particular reference to sunbeds for cosmetic purposes' Public Hearing on the SCENIHR Opinion 'Biological effects of ultraviolet radiation relevant to health with particular reference to sunbeds for cosmetic purposes'

Scientists and technical experts are invited to register for the Public Hearing taking place on 12 April in Luxembourg, which aims to improve the scientific basis of the scientific opinion. Registrations open until 27 March 2016.

26 February 2016
Do you want to know if it is safe to colour your hair?Do you want to know if it is safe to colour your hair?

Read our easy to read science factsheet " The EU is the safest market in the world for hair dyes" (available in four languages)

26 February 2016
Dutch Presidency - Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance (9/10 February)Dutch Presidency - Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance (9/10 February)

Health and Agriculture Ministers from the EU and EEA countries are meeting in Amsterdam today to discuss the progress achieved and future actions on the fight against Antibiotic Resistance.  The conference was addressed this morning by EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis who shared with the Ministers the preliminary results of the evaluation of the EU Action plan and outlined the Commission's ambition and  priority is to make the EU a best practice region in the field of AMR.

10 February 2016
Japan lifts the ban on imports of Danish beefJapan lifts the ban on imports of Danish beef

On 2 February 2016, Japan lifted its long-term ban on Danish beef based on an alleged risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). The decision on products from Denmark follows an earlier opening of the Japanese market to beef products from France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Poland.

08 February 2016
Dutch Presidency - Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance  (9/10 February)Dutch Presidency - Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance (9/10 February)

The EU Dutch Presidency will organise a Ministerial Conference on Antibiotic Resistance in Amsterdam, bringing together under one roof all the Health and Agriculture Ministers from the EU and EEA countries. The conference will be attended by EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis and WHO General Secretary, Dr. Margaret Chan.  The aim of the conference is to emphasise the need for a "one health" approach, bringing together both the human and animal health sides, to the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance which, in Europe alone, is responsible for 25 000 deaths and is costing Europe 1.5 billion euros in extra healthcare costs and economic implications.

05 February 2016
Central web page on the Zika Virus outbreakCentral web page on the Zika Virus outbreak

On 01 February 2016, The WHO declared the Zika virus outbreak a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern". The Commission has created a central web page with information on the Zika outbreak and how it is being managed in the EU. This web page will be regularly updated in line with the latest developments.

02 February 2016
Video explains crisis management for public health threats in the EUVideo explains crisis management for public health threats in the EU

Decision 1082/2013/EU on serious cross border health threats helps protect EU citizens from health threats ranging from communicable diseases to chemical and environmental events by providing a framework for managing health crises and emergency provisions. This short video explains how.

29 January 2016
SCENIHR Final Opinion on Additives used in tobacco productsSCENIHR Final Opinion on Additives used in tobacco products

This is the first of two Opinions on additives used in tobacco products published by the European Commission and its independent Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). 48 single chemicals have been identified to be placed on the priority list as foreseen in the Tobacco Product Directive.

29 January 2016
€11.5 million for survey programmes for plant pests €11.5 million for survey programmes for plant pests

The EU has committed close to €11.5 million to support the survey programmes for plant pests in 22 Member States in 2016.  Large part of the budget will be dedicated to the survey of Xylella fastidiosa and of Pinewood Nematode.

26 January 2016
Forest Reproductive Material: Commission's new information system of planted forest tree species is onlineForest Reproductive Material: Commission's new information system of planted forest tree species is online

Forest Reproductive Material: Commission's new information system of planted forest tree species is online

25 January 2016
Preliminary Opinion on the  Health Effects of Sunbeds open for public consultationPreliminary Opinion on the Health Effects of Sunbeds open for public consultation

The Opinion by the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) looks at the risks associated with the use of sunbeds. It is open for comments on the scientific evidence until 21 March 2016.

22 January 2016
Investment Plan - State of play in January 2016Investment Plan - State of play in January 2016

On 15 January European Investment Bank approved 42 projects from the Investment Plan. Four of these are health related projects. The sector factsheet on "Human capital, skills, social economy and health" includes more details. Find out more about the state of play as of January 2016.

19 January 2016
Animal Health: EU commits close to €161 million to combat animal diseases and zoonoses in 2016Animal Health: EU commits close to €161 million to combat animal diseases and zoonoses in 2016

The EU has committed close to €161 million to support eradication, control and surveillance programmes that aim to eliminate animal diseases and zoonoses as well as further strengthen the protection of human and animal health.

12 January 2016
Refugee crisis: Commission grants €5.6 million to Health projects to support Member States' actionsRefugee crisis: Commission grants €5.6 million to Health projects to support Member States' actions

The funds are meant to help addressing common health challenges in the most affected Member States. The Health Programme is also supporting longer-term actions on refugees and migrants' health and integration.

12 January 2016
SCHER Opinion: Estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by childrenSCHER Opinion: Estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children

This Opinion, published by the European Commission and its independent Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER), is open for comments on the scientific evidence until 14 February 2016.

21 December 2015
Workshop on synthetic biology took place on 10 December 2015 Workshop on synthetic biology took place on 10 December 2015

Some 70 participants from all over the world attended the workshop. Speakers from academia, scientific committees, Commission services and Member States made presentations on synthetic biology.
The Ministry of Health of Luxembourg was represented by Mr Xavier Poos, ‘Conseiller de direction adjoint’. A representative of SAM (the newly created scientific advisory mechanism of DG RTD) also participated and presented the new mechanism.
The workshop provided the opportunity to review the work on synthetic biology at EU level and to discuss challenges that synthetic biology may pose.

You can read the booklet with the abstracts of the:

18 December 2015
Safety of surgical meshes used in urogynaecological surgery: final OpinionSafety of surgical meshes used in urogynaecological surgery: final Opinion

The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published an Opinion, which looks at the risks associated with the use of surgical meshes for various conditions, how to identify high risk patient groups and further assessment needs.

17 December 2015
Final Opinion on Synthetic Biology III: Risks to the environment and biodiversity and research prioritiesFinal Opinion on Synthetic Biology III: Risks to the environment and biodiversity and research priorities

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committees publish their final Opinion on “Synthetic Biology III: Risks to the environment and biodiversity related to synthetic biology and research priorities in the field of synthetic biology”. This is the last in a set of three scientific Opinions on Synthetic Biology (SynBio).

09 December 2015
Commission publishes first harmful organisms in the EU ReportCommission publishes first harmful organisms in the EU Report

The Commission has published a report on Organisms Harmful to Plant Health in the EU.  The report provides an overview of all the notifications of harmful organisms found on the EU territory in 2014, as well as the main trends in the period 2010 to 2014.

09 December 2015
Maize Bt11 x MIR162 x MIR604 x GA21Maize Bt11 x MIR162 x MIR604 x GA21

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified maize for food and feed uses, import and processing, was published on 7 December 2015. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion until 20 January 2016.

08 December 2015
Health Threats Decision has improved health security in the EU, finds reportHealth Threats Decision has improved health security in the EU, finds report

The report concludes that the established mechanisms have worked well and that the Decision has improved health security in the EU.

07 December 2015
Final Opinion on new conclusions on future trends of cadmium accumulation in EU arable soils Final Opinion on new conclusions on future trends of cadmium accumulation in EU arable soils

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) have concluded that the new scientific information does warrant an update of the 2002 Opinion.

07 December 2015
Trans fats: EU Action is neededTrans fats: EU Action is needed

The European Commission has adopted today a report on trans fats urging for legal limits to be set.

03 December 2015
World AIDS Day 2015:  A commitment to support efforts in the global fight against HIV/AIDSWorld AIDS Day 2015: A commitment to support efforts in the global fight against HIV/AIDS

Joint Statement by HR/VP Mogherini and Commissioners Andriukaitis, Mimica and Moedas.

30 November 2015
Health investments in the EU: Mapping report showing use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) now available online Health investments in the EU: Mapping report showing use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) now available online

The report provides an overview of actions that Member States envisage for support from ESIF in the health sector in the programming period 2014-2020.

26 November 2015
Commission publishes roadmap on Bisphenol A in food contact materialsCommission publishes roadmap on Bisphenol A in food contact materials

The European Commission has published a roadmap laying down policy options regarding Bisphenol A in food contact materials.

20 November 2015
Refugees : Commissioner Andriukaitis presents the Personal Health Record in GreeceRefugees : Commissioner Andriukaitis presents the Personal Health Record in Greece

Yesterday, during a visit in Greece, Commissioner Andriukaitis presented the "Personal Health Record" (PHR) to Greek authorities in Athens and to NGOs on the island of Lesbos, where he visited a centre for refugees. This document prepared by the Commission, together with the International Organisation for Migration (IMO), will be made available at the Hotspots, to evaluate migrants' medical needs and help reconstruct their medical history. The PHR is accompanied by a Handbook to be used by health professionals.

20 November 2015
Commission launches IT tool to underpin cooperation on possible fraudulent practicesCommission launches IT tool to underpin cooperation on possible fraudulent practices

The European Commission has today launched a dedicated IT tool, known as the Administrative Assistance and Cooperation (AAC) system to facilitate the exchange of administrative information between national authorities working to combat cross-border violations in Europe.

17 November 2015
Statement of Commissioner Andriukaitis on the occasion of the launch of the European Antibiotic Awareness DayStatement of Commissioner Andriukaitis on the occasion of the launch of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day

Infections by bacteria resistant to antibiotics kill 25,000 people every year in Europe alone and cause 1.5 billion euros in healthcare and productivity losses. Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis said this challenge calls for immediate action at all levels.

17 November 2015
Scientific Opinion on Potential risks to human health and the environment from the use of calcium cyanamide as fertiliserScientific Opinion on Potential risks to human health and the environment from the use of calcium cyanamide as fertiliser

The Opinion, which has been published European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER), is open for comments until 10 January 2016.

17 November 2015
Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis welcomes the political agreement on novel foodCommissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis welcomes the political agreement on novel food

Today, the agreement on new novel food Regulation has been finalised by EU ministers. The new rules aim to improve conditions so that businesses can more easily bring new and innovative food to the EU market, while still maintaining a high level of food safety for European consumers. It will offer European consumers the benefit of a broader choice of food and a more favourable environment for Europe's agri-food industry – the second largest employment sector in Europe – to benefit from innovation, which in turn is good for growth and jobs.

16 November 2015
Commission launches new version of ECHI data toolCommission launches new version of ECHI data tool

Today, at the Expert Group on Health Information (EGHI) meeting in Luxembourg, the Commission will launch a new version of a key health information tool, which will benefit health experts, stakeholders and anyone interested in health information.

12 November 2015
European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2015 focuses on the global challenge of AMREuropean Antibiotic Awareness Day 2015 focuses on the global challenge of AMR

This year’s European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) emphasises the global health challenge of antibiotic resistance. The ECDC will launch EAAD 2015 on Monday 16 November at an event in Brussels.

More:

  • New Infographics
  • Patient stories
  • Twitter
    • Participate in the 24-hour Global Twitter conversation on 18 November with: #AntibioticResistance
    • Participate in the EAAD Twitter chat on 18 November (1 PM) with: #EAAD
11 November 2015
New Veterinary Agreement to boost EU-New Zealand trade in animal productsNew Veterinary Agreement to boost EU-New Zealand trade in animal products

Technical amendments to the EU-New Zealand Agreement on sanitary measures in live animals and animal products have recently been made to boost existing trade relations. This updated agreement, which has been in place since 1996, is the most advanced international bilateral agreement in the area of animal health, animal welfare and food safety systems.

10 November 2015
'Antibiotics: Handle with Care' campaign: World Awareness Week 16-22 November'Antibiotics: Handle with Care' campaign: World Awareness Week 16-22 November

In the context of the 'Antibiotics: Handle with Care' campaign organised by the World Health Organization (WHO), a first World Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held between 16 and 22 of November.

To know more:

09 November 2015
Impact assessment on criteria to identify endocrine disruptors – technical meeting on the Joint Research Center methodology (06 November 2015)Impact assessment on criteria to identify endocrine disruptors – technical meeting on the Joint Research Center methodology (06 November 2015)

The meeting will be web-streamed from 10 AM to 1 PM.

05 November 2015
Historical agreement on food safety cooperation between China, European Union and United StatesHistorical agreement on food safety cooperation between China, European Union and United States

The world's three biggest food trading partners adopted an agreement of cooperation on 2 November in Beijing. After several years of discussion, the text was finalised and endorsed during Commissioner Andriukaitis' visit.

This agreement gives an official basis for a reinforced cooperation regarding exchange of information, for example on food incidents, scientific and technical exchanges, joint capacity building activities or exchange of staff.

The three partners were already cooperating bilaterally, in particular in international organisations, such as the WTO/SPS Committee or the CAC, but now a page is turned, and trilateral cooperation can start for the benefit of more than 2 billion consumers representing one third of the world population.

04 November 2015
Disruptive Innovation - Public consultation on preliminary opinion launchedDisruptive Innovation - Public consultation on preliminary opinion launched

Today, the European Commission and its independent Expert Panel launch a public consultation on a preliminary opinion which explores the implications of Disruptive Innovation for health and health care in Europe. The consultation runs until 16 December 2015.

More information:

30 October 2015
Commissioner Andriukaitis on official visit to China Commissioner Andriukaitis on official visit to China

EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis will be on an official visit to China from 1 to 5 November to hold a series of meetings with Ministers as well as high level officials and dignitaries from the Chinese Health and Food Safety authorities.

30 October 2015
Conference: “Which priorities for a European policy on multimorbidity?”Conference: “Which priorities for a European policy on multimorbidity?”

There are already an estimated 50 million people in the EU suffering from multimorbidity (two or more chronic medical conditions simultaneously). Through interactive sessions, the event invites all stakeholders interested in the management of patients with multiple illnesses to discuss the main elements for a common framework.

27 October 2015
Medicinal products: The Commission welcomes the finalisation of the ICH reformMedicinal products: The Commission welcomes the finalisation of the ICH reform

Building on 25-year experience of the preceding International Conference for Harmonisation (ICH), the reforms will transform ICH in a truly global initiative supported by robust and transparent governance mechanisms.

26 October 2015
Presenting a United Front: International Taskforce Convenes to Battle Increasing Resistance to Life-saving DrugsPresenting a United Front: International Taskforce Convenes to Battle Increasing Resistance to Life-saving Drugs

A two-day meeting of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) kicks off today, aiming to strengthen collaboration in the fight against growing resistance to life-saving antimicrobial drugs.

22 October 2015
Commission welcomes US move to recognise EU system to control animal diseasesCommission welcomes US move to recognise EU system to control animal diseases

The Commission welcomes the recent move by the US to recognise the EU regionalisation system put in place to contain the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), a disease affecting pigs and wild boar. This recognition will help to avoid trade disruptions in the event of an outbreak of the disease. Trade in pork products between the EU and the US was valued at approximately €335 million, in 2014 alone.

20 October 2015
European beef producers resume exports to Canada - Statement by EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Andriukaitis, Trade Commissioner Malmström and Agriculture Commissioner HoganEuropean beef producers resume exports to Canada - Statement by EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Andriukaitis, Trade Commissioner Malmström and Agriculture Commissioner Hogan

The Commission on 20 October 2015 welcomed the decision by the Canadian government to re-open its market for imports of European beef from 19 EU Member States. This will provide a welcome boost to Europe's beef producers and exporters, particularly as it comes at a time when farmers across the EU are going through a particularly difficult period.

20 October 2015
Commissioner Andriukaitis puts the spotlight on food waste at conference in EXPO MilanCommissioner Andriukaitis puts the spotlight on food waste at conference in EXPO Milan

The European Commission published on 13 October 2015 the results of the first Flash Eurobarometer survey on food waste and date marking. Key findings confirm that date marking ("use by" and "best before") is poorly understood by Europeans. Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis will speak at a high level, international conference titled "Fight Food Waste, Feed the Planet!" taking place at the EXPO Milan 2015.

13 October 2015
Tobacco: specifications for health warnings on cigarette packets adopted todayTobacco: specifications for health warnings on cigarette packets adopted today

An implementing act adopted today gives technical specifications for the layout, design and shape of the combined health warnings taking into account different packet shapes.

09 October 2015
Commission publishes Roadmap to review the Nutrition and Health Claims legislationCommission publishes Roadmap to review the Nutrition and Health Claims legislation

The Commission has published a Roadmap on the evaluation of the EU Nutrition and Health Claims legislation. This Roadmap is a first step in the evaluation process and outlines the purpose, content and scope of the evaluation.  Stakeholders will have four weeks to submit their comments on a dedicated webpage.

08 October 2015
8-9 October: Conference on European Reference Networks8-9 October: Conference on European Reference Networks

The conference will focus on the implementation of ERNs and facilitate the exchange of information and expertise on establishing and assessing such networks. It will be web streamed live.

07 October 2015
Commission funded project strengthens training of health professionals across EuropeCommission funded project strengthens training of health professionals across Europe

The aim of this EU initiative is to improve access to and quality of health services for migrant and ethnic minorities (MEM-TP) in the European Union by reviewing, developing, testing and evaluating training in migrant and ethnic minority health for front-line health professionals.

02 October 2015
Equal access to health services in the European Union - Public consultationEqual access to health services in the European Union - Public consultation

Today, the European Commission and its independent Expert Panel launch a public consultation on a preliminary opinion which explores the options for action to improve equity of access to health services in the European Union. The consultation runs until 6 November 2015 via the EXPH website.

More information:

28 September 2015
The summary factsheet on the EXPH opinion on 'Quality of Care / Patient safety' is now available in all languagesThe summary factsheet on the EXPH opinion on 'Quality of Care / Patient safety' is now available in all languages23 September 2015
Commission and WHO Europe scale up cooperationCommission and WHO Europe scale up cooperation

The European Commission and the World Health Organisation's Regional Office for Europe (WHO EURO) are renewing their joint commitment to work together towards their shared objective of better health in Europe.

17 September 2015
Rare Diseases Joint Action gets startedRare Diseases Joint Action gets started

Today, a new Joint Action addressing rare diseases kicks off at a meeting in Luxembourg.

15 September 2015
30 years of EU action on Cancer30 years of EU action on Cancer

In 2015 we celebrate 30 years of EU action against cancer. In 1985, the heads of state of the countries of the European Community committed themselves to launching the first “Europe against Cancer” programme. Since then, actions taken at EU-level have helped to save and extend lives.

15 September 2015
Commission publishes guidelines on the prudent use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicineCommission publishes guidelines on the prudent use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine

The Commission on 11 September 2015 published Guidelines aimed to prevent the overuse and misuse of antibiotics by sharing best-practices in Member States. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) causes 25,000 deaths annually and over €1.5 billion in healthcare expenses and productivity losses in Europe alone.

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11 September 2015
Civil Society representatives: Call for expressions of interest is open for the EMA Management BoardCivil Society representatives: Call for expressions of interest is open for the EMA Management Board

The Commission is launching a selection procedure to appoint four Civil Society representatives in the Management Board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), in London. The deadline for submission of applications is on 20 September 2015.

10 September 2015
European Commission’s Scientific Committees: Call for membershipEuropean Commission’s Scientific Committees: Call for membership

The Commission has launched a call for membership in the Scientific Committees (2016-2021), for scientists who wish to apply as members to the new Scientific Committees on Consumer Safety or the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging risks. Deadline for application: 2 November 2015.

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08 September 2015
Cross-border Healthcare report highlights advances and efforts at EU and national levelsCross-border Healthcare report highlights advances and efforts at EU and national levels

Nearly two years after the Cross-border Healthcare (CBHC) Directive was due to be transposed into national law, the Commission publishes a progress report on the application of the Directive.

04 September 2015
Call for applications for membership of the European Commission's non‐food Scientific Committees (term 2016‐2021)Call for applications for membership of the European Commission's non‐food Scientific Committees (term 2016‐2021)

The European Commission invites scientists to join its non-food Scientific Committees.
Are you a scientist interested in making a difference for Europe?

14 August 2015
Endocrine Disruptors: Commission publishes summary report on the public consultationEndocrine Disruptors: Commission publishes summary report on the public consultation

The Commission has today published - as planned - a summary report of the replies received to the public consultation on establishing scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors, as required by the regulations on biocidal and plant protection products.

24 July 2015
Preliminary Opinion on Additives used in tobacco productsPreliminary Opinion on Additives used in tobacco products

This Opinion identifies tobacco additives that have carcinogenic, mutagenic properties or that are toxic for reproduction and should be put on the priority list as laid down in the Tobacco Product Directive. Deadline for comments: 6 September 2015.

22 July 2015
New public consultation launched - Soybean MON 87705 x MON 89788New public consultation launched - Soybean MON 87705 x MON 89788

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean for food and feed uses has been published on  16 July 2015. 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.

17 July 2015
Commissioner Andriukaitis visits Lecce (Italy): 19-20 JulyCommissioner Andriukaitis visits Lecce (Italy): 19-20 July

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety will bear witness to the devastating impact that the bacterium Xylella fastidosa is having on olive groves in southern Italy when he travels to Lecce in Italy on 19-20 July.

17 July 2015
New public consultation launched - GMO -Soybean FG72New public consultation launched - GMO -Soybean FG72

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean for food and feed useswas published on 16 July 2015. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion for a 1 month period.

16 July 2015
Launch new public consultation GMO - Maize NK603 x T25Launch new public consultation GMO - Maize NK603 x T25

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified maize for food and feed uses, import and processing, was published on 15 July 2015. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion for a one month period.

16 July 2015
Launch of the public consultation on Preliminary Opinion on Synthetic Biology III: Research priorities - Scientific CommitteesLaunch of the public consultation on Preliminary Opinion on Synthetic Biology III: Research priorities - Scientific Committees

This Opinion addresses specific risks to the environment from SynBio organisms, processes and products, identifies major gaps in knowledge to be considered for performing a reliable risk assessment and provides research recommendations resulting from gaps identified. The public consultation is open until 16 September 2015.

15 July 2015
Latest developments on Xylella fastidiosaLatest developments on Xylella fastidiosa

Since May 2015, measures to eradicate Xylella fastidiosa, currently spreading in Apulia (Italy), are being strengthened with the aim of preventing the further spread of the bacterium within the EU.

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10 July 2015
EFSA Management Board: Call for expressions of interest is prolonguedEFSA Management Board: Call for expressions of interest is prolongued

The 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 2016. The deadline for submission of applications is on 31 July 2015.

08 July 2015
Conference on Food Safety and Nutrition in 2050Conference on Food Safety and Nutrition in 2050

Join Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on 17 July in Milan EXPO 2015, for the conference on Food Safety and Nutrition in 2050.

High profile speakers will discuss, in dialogue with stakeholders and the public, the emerging challenges to the food chain. They will also debate the role of future policy-making in addressing those challenges. Contributing to this discussion, the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety will present preliminary results from its Foresight Project for future food policy development.

07 July 2015
Final Opinion on the safety of medical devices containing DEHP (phthalates)Final Opinion on the safety of medical devices containing DEHP (phthalates)

The main focus of this Opinion, which is an update of the 2008 SCENIHR Opinion, is on the potential risk for patients exposed to DEHP or similar plasticising compounds leaching from medical devices. Exposure of the general population to plasticizers has also been addressed.

07 July 2015
Recruitment and Retention of the Health Workforce: Study published today!Recruitment and Retention of the Health Workforce: Study published today!

The European Commission commissioned a study to identify and analyse effective strategies for recruiting and retaining health professionals and aims to serve as inspiration for the development of organisational strategies and human resources policies in Europe.

06 July 2015
Is it safe to use cosmetics containing silica in nanoform?Is it safe to use cosmetics containing silica in nanoform?

Read our easy to read science factsheet and discover more about it!

This factsheet is available in:

02 July 2015
New EU logo to help patients avoid online sellers of fake medicinesNew EU logo to help patients avoid online sellers of fake medicines

From 1 July, all online pharmacies or retailers of medicines legally operating in the EU should display a new logo introduced by the Falsified Medicines Directive (2011/62/EU) to protect patients.

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30 June 2015
Food Safety: Record interventions of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed to fight health risksFood Safety: Record interventions of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed to fight health risks

The 2014 Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) Annual Report, published today, reveals that in 2014, 3157 notifications of food or feed risks were reported to the European Commission via this EU-wide alert system, representing a 25% increase compared to 2013.

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30 June 2015
Food safety: Report on controls of fruit and vegetable imports shows system is protecting European consumersFood safety: Report on controls of fruit and vegetable imports shows system is protecting European consumers

The Commission has published the results of border checks carried out by EU countries in 2014 on imports of fruits and vegetables that are subject to an increased level of official controls on 29 June 2015. The report presents the results of controls on almost 100 000 consignments carried out at EU borders.

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29 June 2015
Open for comments until 29 July 2015: Opinion on future trends of cadmium accumulation in EU arable soilsOpen for comments until 29 July 2015: Opinion on future trends of cadmium accumulation in EU arable soils

The former Scientific Committee for Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and Environment adopted an opinion on this topic in 2002. Since then, new scientific information has become available. The SCHER concludes that this newly acquired information is of sufficient scientific quality to warrant an update of the 2002 Opinion.

24 June 2015
 Launch new public consultation GMO - Soybean MON 87708 x MON 89788 Launch new public consultation GMO - Soybean MON 87708 x MON 89788

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean for food and feed uses has been published on 19 June 2015. 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.

23 June 2015
 Launch new public consultation GMO - Maize MON 87427 Launch new public consultation GMO - Maize MON 87427

One new EFSA opinion on genetically modified maize for food and feed uses, import and processing, has been published on 19 June 2015. 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.

23 June 2015
Final Opinion and science factsheet on Synthetic Biology II - Risk assessment methodologies and safety aspectsFinal Opinion and science factsheet on Synthetic Biology II - Risk assessment methodologies and safety aspects

This is the second of three scientific Opinions on Synthetic Biology (SynBio), published by the European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committees. The Opinion addresses SynBio’s implications for human and animal health as well as for the environment.

16 June 2015
Public consultation launched on the Preliminary Opinion on the safety of surgical meshes used in urogynaecological surgeryPublic consultation launched on the Preliminary Opinion on the safety of surgical meshes used in urogynaecological surgery

This Opinion looks at the rationale for, and risks associated with, the use of surgical meshes for various conditions, how to identify high risk patient groups and further assessment needs. Deadline for contributions 19 July 2015.

For more information

12 June 2015
Pesticides: Commission publishes new EU standards for inspection of pesticide application equipmentPesticides: Commission publishes new EU standards for inspection of pesticide application equipment

In the context of sustainable use of pesticides to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticide use on people's health and the environment, the Commission has published new harmonised standards for the inspection of pesticide equipment.

11 June 2015
EU Health Award for NGOs fighting Ebola launchedEU Health Award for NGOs fighting Ebola launched

The Commission is calling for applications for its new EU Health Award which aims to recognise and reward the achievements of non-governmental organisations in the fight against Ebola.

To submit your application, click on the link below. Deadline 31st July 2015.

For more information:

11 June 2015
Safety of the dental amalgam and its alternatives: easy to read science now available in French, German and SpanishSafety of the dental amalgam and its alternatives: easy to read science now available in French, German and Spanish

Languages available:

More information:

08 June 2015
EXPO conference on 'Nutrition, Health and Food Information - Know what you eat'EXPO conference on 'Nutrition, Health and Food Information - Know what you eat'

3 July 2015, Milan EXPO

The Conference will be an international dialogue on sound strategies on nutrition, and promotion of better nutrition through food information.

Please pre-register by 16 June!

08 June 2015
EFSA Management Board: Call for expressions of interest is openEFSA Management Board: Call for expressions of interest is open

The 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 2016. The deadline for submission of applications is on 8 July 2015.

04 June 2015
EU Health Programme - Annual Work Plan 2015 adoptedEU Health Programme - Annual Work Plan 2015 adopted

This work plan sets out the priorities and actions to be undertaken in 2015, including the allocation of resources, to implement the third Programme of the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020)

 

02 June 2015
World No Tobacco Day 2015: Eurobarometer reveals that tobacco use is down by 2 percentage points in the EU since 2012, but 26% of Europeans are still smokersWorld No Tobacco Day 2015: Eurobarometer reveals that tobacco use is down by 2 percentage points in the EU since 2012, but 26% of Europeans are still smokers

A Eurobarometer on tobacco published just before World No Tobacco Day (31 May) reveals that tobacco use in the EU is down by 2 percentage points compared with 2012 (26% vs. 28%).

In the age category 15 to 24 years the reduction is 4 percentage points (25% vs 29%). Average age of starting smoking remains unchanged at 17.6 years. 59% of smokers have tried to quit – 19% in the past 12 months. 12% of Europeans have tried e-cigarettes, compared to 7% in 2012.

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29 May 2015
Reports explore potential impact of new origin labelling for certain foodsReports explore potential impact of new origin labelling for certain foods

On 20 May 2015, the European Commission has published two reports on origin labelling, as requested by the Council and European Parliament in the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (1169/2011). Both conclude that the benefits from new mandatory labelling requirements do not clearly outweigh the costs and that voluntary labelling rules seem to be the most suitable solution.

20 May 2015
Safety of the dental amalgam and its alternatives: SCENIHR Final OpinionSafety of the dental amalgam and its alternatives: SCENIHR Final Opinion

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), have published the final scientific opinion, which assesses the safety and effectiveness of both dental amalgam and its possible alternatives.

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08 May 2015
Plants: GMO: Maize 5307Plants: GMO: Maize 5307

One new EFSA opinion on genetically modified maize 5307 for food and feed uses, import and processing, published on the 5 May 2015.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion for a 1 month period.

07 May 2015
Commission adopts a Single Digital Market Strategy for EuropeCommission adopts a Single Digital Market Strategy for Europe

The EC adopts its Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe which aims to make the EU's single market freedoms "go digital" and boost growth and jobs in the EU. The strategy includes telemedicine and ehealth, which is a step forward in promoting interoperability and standards of these digital technologies in the EU, for the benefit of patients, health professionals, health systems and industry.

06 May 2015
Member States endorse reinforced measures to save olive treesMember States endorse reinforced measures to save olive trees

The Commission's proposal to prevent further introduction and spread within the EU of the bacterium, Xylella Fastidiosa were endorsed by Member States.  The bacterium is a quarantine organism harmful to olive trees and potentially dangerous for a broad range of other plants important for the EU agriculture, such as grapevine and citrus. The new EU measures require Member States to notify new outbreaks in the EU, to carry out official surveys, and to promptly demarcate infested areas. Strict eradication measures in such areas are put in place, which include removal and destruction of infested plants, and all host plants within a radius of 100m, irrespective of their health status.

29 April 2015
GMOs: Commission authorises 17 GMOs for food/feed uses and 2 GM carnationsGMOs: Commission authorises 17 GMOs for food/feed uses and 2 GM carnations

The Commission has today adopted 10 new authorisations for GMOs for food/feed use, 7 renewal of existing authorisations and authorising also the importation of 2 GMO cut flowers (not for food or feed). These GMOs had gone through a full authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by EFSA. However had received "no opinion" votes from the Member States in both the Standing and Appeal Committees.  The Commission decided to adopt these pending decisions after having not acted on authorisations during the past months whilst a review of the decision making procedure on GMO authorisations was ongoing. The authorisation decisions do not cover cultivation.

24 April 2015
Conference "Endocrine disruptors: criteria for identification and related impacts" open for registration (Brussels, 01 June 2015)Conference "Endocrine disruptors: criteria for identification and related impacts" open for registration (Brussels, 01 June 2015)

The aim of this one-day conference is to inform Member States, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), third countries representatives and stakeholders about the on-going impact assessment on criteria to identify endocrine disruptors and to provide a platform for further exchanges of views. Registration open until 19 May 2015.

23 April 2015
More freedom for Member States to decide on the GMOs use for food & feedMore freedom for Member States to decide on the GMOs use for food & feed

Today the Commission presents the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed. This review derives from the political guidelines presented to the European Parliament in July 2014, on the basis of which this Commission was appointed. The review confirms the need for changes that reflect public views and allow national governments to have a greater say on the use of EU-authorised GMOs for animal (feed) or human (food) consumption. As a result of this review, the Commission proposes to amend the legislation to confer upon Member States more freedom to restrict, or prohibit the use of EU-authorised GMOs in food or feed on their territory.

21 April 2015
EFSA publishes data on chemicals in food: an annual overview for the general publicEFSA publishes data on chemicals in food: an annual overview for the general public

Traces of chemicals are sometimes found in food and drinks: pesticides in fruit and vegetables, veterinary drugs in meat and other animal products, or environmental contaminants in various foodstuffs. Regular controls help to ensure compliance with food safety standards and protect consumers from potential risks. But how high are the levels of these substances in food and do they exceed existing limits?

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14 April 2015
World Health Day dedicated to Food SafetyWorld Health Day dedicated to Food Safety

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis joins forces with the World Health Organisation to highlight the importance of food safety. This year, World Health Day is dedicated to food safety, a topic that reminds us that all too often in Europe we take for granted that the food on our plates is safe.

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07 April 2015
SCENIHR easy-to-read web summary on potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields  SCENIHR easy-to-read web summary on potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields

Read this summary available in 4 languages explaining in a comprehensive way the recent opinion and the world of electromagnetic fields.

26 March 2015
Endocrine Disruptors: Commission steps up dialogue with stakeholdersEndocrine Disruptors: Commission steps up dialogue with stakeholders

The Commission is launching today a series of roundtable meetings with stakeholders, aiming at informing on the impact assessment process on the criteria to identify endocrine disruptors.

25 March 2015
Latest report finds pesticide residue levels safe in 97% of food consumed in the EULatest report finds pesticide residue levels safe in 97% of food consumed in the EU

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published on 11 March 2015 a report on pesticide monitoring for 2013. The report finds that 97% of pesticide residue levels of food consumed in the EU are within the legal limits.

11 March 2015
SCENIHR final opinion and easy-to-read factsheet on potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields just releasedSCENIHR final opinion and easy-to-read factsheet on potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields just released

The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks concluded that current scientific research does not link any adverse health problems with EMF exposure within the limits suggested by EU legislation. This includes EMF emissions from mobile phones, WiFi, appliances and power lines.

06 March 2015
High-level conference “Ebola, from emergency to recovery” (3 March 2015)High-level conference “Ebola, from emergency to recovery” (3 March 2015)

The European Union is organising a high-level conference co-chaired by the EU, UN, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the AU and ECOWAS. The EU is providing substantial support in development cooperation to the Ebola-affected countries to stabilise and assist them in recovering from the crisis and beyond.

03 March 2015
SCENIHR final opinion on the safety of BPA in medical devices SCENIHR final opinion on the safety of BPA in medical devices

This opinion of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and newly identified risks assesses the safety of the use of bisphenol A in medical devices, provides limit values for BPA release from medical devices and identifies patient group, e.g. infants, pregnant and breastfeeding women who would be particularly at risk.

27 February 2015
Commission publishes progress report on its AMR Action PlanCommission publishes progress report on its AMR Action Plan

The Commission today publishes a progress report on its five year Action Plan Against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The Plan takes a holistic approach and sets out 12 concrete actions both in the human and the veterinary field. The report summarises the progress made under each of the actions. Amongst its conclusions is that AMR will remain a priority in the EU beyond 2016.

26 February 2015
Commissioner Andriukaitis to visit the International Agricultural Show in ParisCommissioner Andriukaitis to visit the International Agricultural Show in Paris

Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis will attend the 52nd International Agricultural Show in Paris on 26 February 2015. The show runs from Saturday 21 February to Sunday 1 March. The Commission will host an interactive stand that will showcase Europe's policies "from farm to fork: safe, quality food on your table", highlighting the Commission's role in the area of agriculture and food security, food safety and food quality, animal health and welfare.

20 February 2015
SCHER Opinion and new science fact sheet: Are toys containing chromium VI safe for children?SCHER Opinion and new science fact sheet: Are toys containing chromium VI safe for children?

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) have published their final Opinion assessing the safety levels of chromium VI in toys.

Read the Opinion here

See the easy to read fact sheet on this topic, available in 4 languages

10 February 2015
Health: Science made simple: new fact sheet on the safety of Metal-on-Metal hip implants Health: Science made simple: new fact sheet on the safety of Metal-on-Metal hip implants

Hip implants can give people their mobility back. But, do they come with risks? Read this easy-to-read summary of the SCENIHR Opinion on “The safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants" (available in 4 languages).

09 February 2015
Food Safety: Celebrating 10 years of traceability in EuropeFood Safety: Celebrating 10 years of traceability in Europe

TRACES - the Commission’s free online system that enhances the safety of the food chain and facilitates trade, celebrates its 10th birthday. TRACES helps ensure that animals, food, feed and plants are traded safely thereby helping ensure that the food served on 500 million European plates is safe.

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06 February 2015
Endocrine Disruptors: Commission publishes replies to the public consultationEndocrine Disruptors: Commission publishes replies to the public consultation

The Commission published on 2 February 2015 the responses received to the public consultation on Endocrine Disruptors. A total of 27 087 responses were received, of which 22 411 from the online consultation and 4 676 via email. Of this total, over 25 000 were submitted through online campaigns requesting individuals to sign prepared responses. At the request of the respondents to the online consultation, 142 replies have been withheld from publication on grounds of confidentiality. All email submissions have also been withheld since respondents did not give an indication on whether the response should be treated confidentially. The Commission will provide a summary of the responses in due course.

02 February 2015
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of pharmaceutical legislation in the EU2015 marks the 50th anniversary of pharmaceutical legislation in the EU

Today, the EU legal framework for medicinal products for human use guarantees high standards of quality and safety of medicinal products, while promoting the good functioning of the internal market with measures that encourage innovation and competiveness.

30 January 2015
Improving indoor air quality in EU schoolsImproving indoor air quality in EU schools

SINPHONIE, an EU-funded research project on indoor air quality in EU schools, and its impact on children's health, has published conclusions and guidelines for maintaining good air quality. They are expected to contribute to healthier school environments in Europe.

27 January 2015
Pesticides: Experts endorse new EU list of candidates for substitutionPesticides: Experts endorse new EU list of candidates for substitution

A Commission proposal to establish an EU list of 77 candidates for substitution was endorsed by EU Member State experts on 27 January 2015. Candidates for substitution (CfS) are pesticides for which national authorities need to carry out an assessment to establish whether more favourable alternatives to using the plant protection product exist, including non-chemical methods. The aim is to encourage more sustainable crop protection.

27 January 2015
SCENIHR final opinion on health effects of nanomaterial used in medical devices is now publishedSCENIHR final opinion on health effects of nanomaterial used in medical devices is now published

The guidance published by the Commission and the Scientific Committee on Emerging Newly Identified Health Risks provides information on how to evaluate the risk when a nanomaterial is used in a medical device. It includes input from the recent public consultation.

20 January 2015
Animal Health: €180 million to combat animal diseases in 2015Animal Health: €180 million to combat animal diseases in 2015

The EU has committed close to €180 million for 2015, to support veterinary programmes that aim to eliminate animal diseases further strengthening the protection of human and animal health. Animal disease outbreaks have a serious impact on health, society, the economy and trade. The allocation of EU co-financing will continue to assist national authorities to put in place precautionary measures, disease surveillance and eradication programmes, both at national and European level.

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15 January 2015
Second reading agreement vote by the European Parliament on GMO cultivationSecond reading agreement vote by the European Parliament on GMO cultivation

The European Parliament's vote in favour of the legislative proposal on GMO cultivation, brings us one step closer to providing Member States with tools to decide on cultivation of EU authorised GMOs on their territory, based on reasons other than risk on health and the environment.

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13 January 2015
Commission welcomes US announcement to progressively re-open its market to exports of EU beef, starting with the Republic of IrelandCommission welcomes US announcement to progressively re-open its market to exports of EU beef, starting with the Republic of Ireland

This re-opening of the market is a welcome first step to abolish the disproportionate and unjustified US ban that followed the BSE crisis of the 1990's, and to re-establish normal trading conditions.

05 January 2015
EU earmarks 7,5 million euros to help monitor pests that endanger plant healthEU earmarks 7,5 million euros to help monitor pests that endanger plant health

17 Countries will be benefiting from 7,5 million euros earmarked by the European Union today to co-finance programmes aiming to monitor pests of plants throughout 2015. This initiative will help to monitor the presence of pests in the Union, focusing on citrus and of deciduous trees, and important potato pests like the ring rot or brown rot bacteria. These surveys will provide knowledge of concrete emerging risks as regards new pests threatening EU plant health and data on the risks of specific types of imports, and monitoring of the follow-up of interceptions of pests after import.

19 December 2014
EFSA publishes EU Report on Pesticide Residues in Food for 2012EFSA publishes EU Report on Pesticide Residues in Food for 2012

More than 97% of all samples analysed as part of the latest Europe-wide monitoring programme of pesticides in foods contain residue levels that fall within legal limits - with over 54% of samples free from any detectable trace of the chemicals. These findings are part of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) 2012 annual report on pesticide residues in food. The report is based on the analysis of almost 79 000 food samples carried out by 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway.

12 December 2014
Food: EU consumers to benefit from better labelling as of 13 December 2014 Food: EU consumers to benefit from better labelling as of 13 December 2014

As of 13 December 2014, new EU food labelling rules will ensure that consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content, to help them make informed choices about what they eat.

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11 December 2014
Agreement reached on GMO CultivationAgreement reached on GMO Cultivation

The Council and Parliament agreed a compromise on the cultivation of genetically modified crops on Thursday. This provisional agreement, if confirmed, would meet Member States' consistent calls since 2009, to have the final say on whether or not GMOs can be cultivated on their territory, in order to better take into account their national context and, above all, the views of their citizens. Commissioner Andriukaitis welcomed the agreement and thanked the members of the Parliament and Council for this significant step forward

04 December 2014
Health at a glance: Europe 2014Health at a glance: Europe 2014

Discover latest information on health and health systems in 35 European countries, including all European Union member states, candidate countries and EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is largely based on the European Core Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, developed by the European Commission and is complemented by additional OECD indicators.

03 December 2014
Call for experts for the risk assessment of cosmetic products (Deadline: 11 January 2015)Call for experts for the risk assessment of cosmetic products (Deadline: 11 January 2015)

DG Health and Consumers has launched a call for expression of interest to appoint experts who will assist the work of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). They are appointed in their personal capacity as external experts in the working groups of the SCCS.

28 November 2014
GLORE Conference on global coordination of Research and Health Policy on RF Electromagnetic Fields (19-20 November 2014, Luxembourg)GLORE Conference on global coordination of Research and Health Policy on RF Electromagnetic Fields (19-20 November 2014, Luxembourg)

This year the European Commission hosts 18th GLORE meeting in Luxembourg on 19 and 20 November, to present and discuss the research activities and the processes of health risk management and of risk communication, on the possible effects of the electromagnetic fields (EMF) on health.

GLORE is an annual coordination action that involves the delegations of Europe, Canada, USA, Japan, Korea, and Australia, composed by scientists and policy authorities.

18 November 2014
Avian Influenza - Commission backs emergency safeguard measuresAvian Influenza - Commission backs emergency safeguard measures

The Commission adopted two emergency safeguard Decisions addressed to The Netherlands and the UK that define the areas that have been placed under stringent veterinary restrictions by those Member States. The measures aim at quickly bringing the disease under control and at preventing the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza within the affected Member States, to other Member States and to third countries while minimising the disturbance to trade.

17 November 2014
HTA Network adopts its Strategy for EU cooperation on Health Technology AssessmentsHTA Network adopts its Strategy for EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessments

National authorities responsible for Health Technology Assessments (HTA) adopted a Strategy setting out the framework for European cooperation on HTA.

30 October 2014
Leading European experts gather to discuss how to better fight food fraudLeading European experts gather to discuss how to better fight food fraud

The European Commission is co-organising with the Italian Presidency a two day conference, starting 23 October 2014, to raise awareness and promote collaboration between all parties involved in the fight against food fraud.

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20 October 2014
Reducing Food Waste: Commissioner Borg visits leading food distribution centre and food bank in BelgiumReducing Food Waste: Commissioner Borg visits leading food distribution centre and food bank in Belgium

To mark World Food Day, Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg visited a leading food distribution centre and food bank to experience first-hand how their cooperation helps to reduce food waste.

17 October 2014
SCENIHR opinion on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implantsSCENIHR opinion on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants

Stiff joints, aching bones, painful movement - modern medicine has come up with answers to some of the problems of old age. But can some forms of medical interventions like Metal-on-Metal hip and joint replacements actually do more harm than good?

Read the final opinion of the Scientific Committee on Emerging Newly Identified Health Risks on "the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants" which takes into consideration the comments received during the public consultation.

10 October 2014
Newly published Opinion on definition of SynBio lays foundation for future workNewly published Opinion on definition of SynBio lays foundation for future work

Synthetic Biology's application is full of exciting possibilities, from adapting crops to thrive in barren lands  to growing new organs to save the lives of transplant recipients. And yet all unexplored scientific territories pose potential risks, which is why the Scientific Committees, after this opinion on SynBio definition, are preparing two more opinions on the methodology to determine what, if any, risks SynBio may potentially pose to public health and what type of further research in this field is required.

02 October 2014
Commission consults the public on criteria to identify Endocrine DisruptorsCommission consults the public on criteria to identify Endocrine Disruptors

The European Commission has launched an on-line consultation to help define criteria for endocrine disruptors as required by the regulations on biocidal and plant protection products. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with hormone systems, which may lead to harmful effects on health and the environment. Input is sought from stakeholders and the public on various options for the criteria and for their implementation.

All citizens and organisations are invited to contribute to the consultation which will be open until 16 January 2015. Replies to the public consultation will, subject to confidentiality rules, be published following the closure of the consultation.

29 September 2014
“My healthy family”: Project to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables launches in 4 EU regions (23.09.2013)“My healthy family”: Project to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables launches in 4 EU regions (23.09.2013)

This EU-financed pilot project is officially being launched in two regions each in Poland and Hungary. It aims to encourage children, older people and pregnant women to eat more fruit and vegetables.

23 September 2014
“We Love Eating”: Project to promote healthy lifestyles launches in 7 EU cities “We Love Eating”: Project to promote healthy lifestyles launches in 7 EU cities

An EU-financed pilot project, “We Love Eating” is officially being launched in seven cities across the EU. This European initiative, takes a fun and upbeat approach to healthy eating. Although aimed at the general public, the project is targeted to three main groups: children, pregnant women and older people.

17 September 2014
Animal Health: Commission further reviews control measures to combat African Swine FeverAnimal Health: Commission further reviews 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 12 September 2014. These regionalised restrictions, affecting, to differing degrees, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Estonia, identify four levels of risks to animal health, redefine the restricted zones and differentiate between these restricted zones in accordance to the level of risk.

15 September 2014
Animal Health: EU tightens rules on horse passportsAnimal Health: EU tightens rules on horse passports

A Commission proposal to revise rules on the identification of horses was endorsed by EU Member States' experts on 11 September 2014. These revised rules provide a more reliable and safer European system for the registration and identification of the horses in the EU. One of the basic aims is to prevent horses excluded from the food chain to, either inadvertently or fraudulently, be slaughtered for human consumption.

12 September 2014
Online comments welcome concerning safety of dental amalgams SCENIHR opinionOnline comments welcome concerning safety of dental amalgams SCENIHR opinion

The Commission and SCENIHR has launched a public consultation, continuing through 16 November 2014, on the preliminary opinion on "The safety of dental amalgam and alternative dental restoration materials for patients and users".

10 September 2014
Commission adopts proposals on veterinary medicines and medicated feedCommission adopts proposals on veterinary medicines and medicated feed

On 10 September, the Commission adopted proposals on veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed, to improve the health and wellbeing of animals, to foster innovation and to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the EU.

10 September 2014
The Future of Europe is Science – high-level conference, Lisbon 6-7 OctoberThe Future of Europe is Science – high-level conference, Lisbon 6-7 October

The conference, which will be opened by José Manuel Barroso, aims to take stock of European achievements in science over the past 10 years. Discussions will cover the role that science, technology and innovation can play in societal well-being and its potential to stimulate growth, jobs and business development opportunities for Europe.

02 September 2014
BTSF - New open calls for tenderBTSF - New open calls for tender

Three new open calls for tender have been launched under the Better Training for Safer Food initiative and published on 4 August 2014. They concern the organisation and implementation of training activities on "plant health controls" (Chafea/2014/BTSF/01), on "inspection and calibration of pesticide application equipment in professional use" (Chafea/2014/BTSF/02) and on "food testing" (Chafea/2014/BTSF/03).

Deadline for submission of offers is 3 October 2014.

14 August 2014
Statement on the Ebola outbreak in West AfricaStatement on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EBV) in West Africa is of serious concern.

The European Commission is closely working with the EU Member States within the Health Security Committee (HSC) to keep them informed about the latest developments and to coordinate approaches on prevention and preparation for Ebola.

08 August 2014
Foot and Mouth Disease: Commission supplies emergency vaccines to Algeria and TunisiaFoot and Mouth Disease: Commission supplies emergency vaccines to Algeria and Tunisia

As an emergency response to a new outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Algeria and Tunisia, Commission is sending a total of 1,1 million doses of FMD vaccines to these countries.

The shipment is due to be delivered to the authorities in the next two weeks and will be used to immunise cattle, sheep and goats. The measure is part of the Commission’s effort to maintain the EU’s FMD-free status.

01 August 2014
Plants: GMO: cotton MON 15985Plants: GMO: cotton MON 15985

One new EFSA opinion on the genetically modified cotton MON 15985 for food and feed uses, import and processing, and for the renewal of authorisation of existing products produced from cotton MON 15985, was published on the 29 July 2014.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion for a one month period.

29 July 2014
Commission publishes encouraging second round of EU-wide test results for horse meat DNA in beef products: measures to fight food fraud are workingCommission publishes encouraging second round of EU-wide test results for horse meat DNA in beef products: measures to fight food fraud are working

On 24 July 2014, the Commission published the results of a second round of coordinated pan-European testing for horse meat DNA in beef products was launched in April this year. This testing was a follow-up to the exercise carried out in 2013 in the wake of the horse meat crisis, where 4.6% of products tested positive.

This second round of testing was requested and co-financed by the Commission. The findings are encouraging as they show that the situation has significantly improved, with only 0.61% of samples testing positive.

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24 July 2014
Public consultation on the preliminary opinion guidance on the determination of potential health effects of nanomaterials used in medical devicesPublic consultation on the preliminary opinion guidance on the determination of potential health effects of nanomaterials used in medical devices

Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the scientific evidence of this preliminary opinion online. The consultation will run until 03 October 2014.

18 July 2014
Commission to lift import restrictions on sunflower oil from UkraineCommission to lift import restrictions on sunflower oil from Ukraine

EU Member States endorsed today, 1 July, measures to lift import restrictions on sunflower oil from Ukraine that have been in place since 2008.

01 July 2014
Plant Health: Latest report reveals controls on imports are protecting European consumers Plant Health: Latest report reveals controls on imports are protecting European consumers

A Commission report published on 26 June 2014 presents key findings on the controls carried out at Europe's borders to prevent harmful plant pests from entering the EU market.

26 June 2014
Health: Science made simple: new science factsheet on sunscreens with titanium dioxide as nanoparticlesHealth: Science made simple: new science factsheet on sunscreens with titanium dioxide as nanoparticles

Some sunscreens contain titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Is it safe to use them?

The factsheet explains the opinion of the experts of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).

26 June 2014
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Roadmap updatedAntimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Roadmap updated

The Commission has published updated roadmap detailing the operational objectives and the concrete activities and deadlines for the 12 specific actions described in the AMR Action Plan.

The Action Plan takes a holistic approach, involving all sectors and aspects of AMR (public health, food safety, consumer safety, environment, animal health, non-therapeutic use of antimicrobials).

25 June 2014
Buying medicines online? Commission introduces logo to make sure consumers are safeBuying medicines online? Commission introduces logo to make sure consumers are safe

Today, 24 June, the Commission adopts an implementing Regulation which sets out the design for a common logo for online pharmacies, and the technical requirements for ensuring its authenticity.
The EU logo will help citizens to identify online sellers of medicines legally operating in the EU. Member States have one year to give effect to the provisions of the Implementing Regulation.

24 June 2014
Food Safety: Latest Report on controls of fruit and vegetable imports shows system is protecting European consumersFood Safety: Latest Report on controls of fruit and vegetable imports shows system is protecting European consumers

A report published on 20 June 2014 by the Commission confirms that the system of controls at EU borders on fruit and vegetable imports from non-EU countries is protecting consumers from potential food safety risks.

20 June 2014
Signing ceremony on Joint Procurement Agreement (20 June 2014, Luxembourg)Signing ceremony on Joint Procurement Agreement (20 June 2014, Luxembourg)

On the occasion of the EPSCO Council, Commissioner Borg and a great number of the EU Health Ministers have officially signed the Joint Procurement Agreement of medical countermeasures.

20 June 2014
Restoring confidence in medical devicesRestoring confidence in medical devices

EPSCO Council, meeting on 19 and 20 June, discussed the actions to restore confidence following the scandal of defective breast implants produced by the French PIP company. These measures were included in the Joint Plan for Immediate Actions under the existing Medical Devices legislation.

20 June 2014
Plants: GMO: Oilseed rape MON88302 Plants: GMO: Oilseed rape MON88302

One new EFSA opinion on genetically modified oilseed rape MON88302 for food and feed uses was published on 17 June 2014. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on this opinion (link to the form) during 1 month.

20 June 2014
Working together for longer healthier livesWorking together for longer healthier lives

In 30 years’ time, there will be 150 million older people living in the EU. Where will you live? What kind of shape will you be in? Will you still be healthy and independent? Society is ageing. But making sure our golden years are happier and healthier is not just down to the individual, it’s also down to the whole society, public and private sectors together. Improving the quality of life of older people is a priority for the European Commission. This video promotes the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing which brings together organisations involved in active ageing all over Europe – public authorities, associations, industry, NGOs, patient organisations and citizens. Working together they learn from each other, boost innovation and enable people to live longer and healthier lives.

19 June 2014
Patient safety: progress made, more neededPatient safety: progress made, more needed

A patient safety report, published today by the European Commission, highlights how the Commission and EU countries are addressing the challenge of patient safety, progress made since 2009 and barriers to overcome to improve patient safety.

19 June 2014
Opinion and Fact Sheet on Nanosilver publishedOpinion and Fact Sheet on Nanosilver published

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) have just  published the final opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance, as well as a fact sheet on the subject.

17 June 2014
Food Safety: 35 years protecting human and animal healthFood Safety: 35 years protecting human and animal health

Since 35 years Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) ensures that food in EU meets some of the highest food safety standards in the world. A 2013 annual report RASFF shows that it is a crucial tool to trace back and withdraw products where fraud was detected.

Today's annual report covers the reporting period 2013, where a total of 3 205 original notifications were transmitted through the RASFF, of which 596 were classified as an alert, 442 as information for follow-up, 705 as information for attention and 1 462 as border rejection notification.

13 June 2014
EU Member States reach political agreement to allow the prohibition of GMO cultivationEU Member States reach political agreement to allow the prohibition of GMO cultivation

EU Member States reached political agreement on 12 June 2014 on GMO cultivation that moves towards a new legal basis giving EU Member States the choice to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs on their territory.

12 June 2014
Animal Health: Commission proposes temporary import requirements on live pigs from North AmericaAnimal Health: Commission proposes temporary import requirements on live pigs from North America

Temporary safeguard measures to allow for the safe imports of live pigs from the US and Canada have today been endorsed by Member State experts.

06 June 2014
Plant Health: EU experts endorse measures to prevent the spread of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosaPlant Health: EU experts endorse measures to prevent the spread of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa

On 27 May 2014, EU Member States experts endorsed detailed emergency measures to prevent the introduction and spread within the EU of Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium harmful mainly to olive trees.

28 May 2014
Plant Health: Commission strengthens rules on citrus fruit imports from South AfricaPlant Health: Commission strengthens rules on citrus fruit imports from South Africa

Stricter import requirements for South African citrus fruit were endorsed by Member State experts on 27 May 2014. These emergency measures are being taken to protect European crops from citrus black spot, a harmful plant disease not native to Europe.

27 May 2014
Annual Work plan 2014 to implement the Third Health Programme adoptedAnnual Work plan 2014 to implement the Third Health Programme adopted

The annual work plan 2014 for the Health Programme was adopted on 26 May 2014. The work plan lists all the actions to be funded under the first year of implementation of the Third Health Programme 2014-20120. The annual budget is around 54 million euros.

27 May 2014
Frailty conference (Brussels, 18 June 2014)Frailty conference (Brussels, 18 June 2014)

The Conference will bring together policy makers, healthcare organisations, public health professionals, researchers and patient organisations to flesh out recommendations and guidelines for building a European policy on frailty.

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21 May 2014
Plants: GMO: Soybean MON 87769Plants: GMO: Soybean MON 87769

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean for food and feed uses has been published on 16 May 2014.

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.

19 May 2014
Plants: GMO: Cotton LLCotton25xGHB614Plants: GMO: Cotton LLCotton25xGHB614

One new EFSA opinion on genetically modified cotton for food and feed uses was published on 16 May 2014.

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.

19 May 2014
Commissioner Tonio Borg delivers a message to patients on the occasion of European Patients’ Rights DayCommissioner Tonio Borg delivers a message to patients on the occasion of European Patients’ Rights Day

European Patients’ Rights day is an important occasion for patients and patient organisations, to ensure that their voices are heard.

13 May 2014
Health Security Committee advises travellers on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)Health Security Committee advises travellers on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

MERS-CoV represents a new threat to public health. At this stage all primary cases remain associated with transmission in the Arabian Peninsula; but the European Commission and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) are carefully monitoring the situation.

13 May 2014
EFSA: call to renew membership of its Scientific Committee and eight of its ten Scientific PanelsEFSA: call to renew membership of its Scientific Committee and eight of its ten Scientific Panels

Applications are invited from high-calibre scientists on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) website by 18 June 2014.

13 May 2014
Commission reviews maximum levels of cadmium in foodCommission reviews maximum levels of cadmium in food

New measures to reduce European consumers' maximum levels of exposure to cadmium in chocolate and infant formula were today adopted by the European Commission.

12 May 2014
Animal Health: Experts endorse restrictions to protect Europe's pigsAnimal Health: Experts endorse restrictions to protect Europe's pigs

Commission and EU Member States’ experts agree risk mitigation measures to protect EU pigs from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in North America and Asia.

06 May 2014
Ebola traveller advice leaflet published in all EU languagesEbola traveller advice leaflet published in all EU languages

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has just issued a traveller advice leaflet on the ongoing outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Western Africa.

22 April 2014
EU Food Safety and Nutrition Policy in 2050 - scenarios for the futureEU Food Safety and Nutrition Policy in 2050 - scenarios for the future

The Directorate-General for Health and Consumers has published a foresight analysis "Delivering on EU Food Safety and Nutrition in 2050 - Scenarios of future change and policy responses". It is a first step of the Foresight Project for future food policy development. The study identifies the main future challenges and consequences for the EU food legislative framework.

11 April 2014
EU challenges Russia in the WTO over pork import banEU challenges Russia in the WTO over pork import ban

The EU today (8 April 2014) launched a case in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against the Russian ban on imports of pigs, fresh pork and certain pig products from the EU, which has exposed the EU farming sector to significant losses. Russia based its ban on four isolated cases of African swine fever (ASF) detected in wild boar at the Lithuanian and Polish borders with Belarus.

08 April 2014
Bee Health: Conference to discuss latest insight into honeybee health in EuropeBee Health: Conference to discuss latest insight into honeybee health in Europe

A high-level conference on better bee health is today (7 April 2014) discussing latest insight into honeybee health in Europe. A landmark pan-European surveillance study was carried out using a harmonised data collection methodology to ensure that the data gathered would for the first time be comparable. The results of the study will be presented during the conference.

07 April 2014
Commission convenes its first high-level conference for better bee health in EuropeCommission convenes its first high-level conference for better bee health in Europe

The conference, which will be opened by Commissioner Tonio Borg, will present EU actions on bee health and bee colony losses including: results of a pan-European study on bee health across the EU, recent developments on EU apiculture funds, examples of projects for healthy and abundant bees. Beekeeping, agricultural production and bee-related biodiversity will also be discussed. The conference is addressed at wide audience from apiculture sector and the animal health area (national policy experts, NGOs, individual beekeepers, bee and pollination scientists and researchers, etc.).

03 April 2014
Food chain: Commissioner Borg welcomes Parliament's endorsement of a common financial framework for 2014-2020Food chain: Commissioner Borg welcomes Parliament's endorsement of a common financial framework for 2014-2020

A Commission proposal creating, for the first time, a common financial framework covering the whole food chain was endorsed on 2 April 2014 by the European Parliament. This framework with a budget of almost €1.9 billion covering the period 2014-2020 will fund priorities in the area of food and feed.

03 April 2014
EU supporting consumers in their day-to-day life – for just 5 centsEU supporting consumers in their day-to-day life – for just 5 cents

For just 5 cents per citizen a year, the European Union's consumer programme helps to help citizens fully enjoy their consumer rights and actively participate in the Single Market. The total budget for the programme is €188.8 million for 2014-2020.

31 March 2014
Plant Health: ban on import of five fruits and vegetables from India endorsed by Member StatesPlant Health: ban on import of five fruits and vegetables from India endorsed by Member States

Member states on 26 March 2014 endorsed emergency measures proposed by the Commission to ban the import of certain fruits and vegetables from India. Measures will apply from May onwards and concern: Colocasia sp (taro, eddo) Mangifera sp, (mango) Momordica sp (bitter gourd), Solanum melongena (eggplant) and Trichosanthes sp (snake gourd). This decision was taken due to a high number of intercepted consignments containing quarantine pests, mainly insects. A review of the measures will take place before 31 December 2015.

26 March 2014
Health: Update of the dental amalgam factsheetHealth: Update of the dental amalgam factsheet

This publication is based on the final opinion on this topic, as adopted by the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks in March 2014.

25 March 2014
10th anniversary of Europe’s Rapid alert system on dangerous products (RAPEX)10th anniversary of Europe’s Rapid alert system on dangerous products (RAPEX)

Since its establishment in 2003, RAPEX has been guarding European consumers against un-safe non-food products. The number of notifications on dangerous products has been increasing each year and is now 10 times bigger than in 2003.

In 2013 a total of 2364 measures were taken by EU Member States. Clothing, textiles and fashion items and toys were the two main product categories posing chemical risks, risk of strangulation, risk of injury or choking.

25 March 2014
Health: Scientific Committees - 2013 Opinions CD now availableHealth: Scientific Committees - 2013 Opinions CD now available

This CD contains the opinions of the European Commission’s Scientific Committees on consumer safety, on health and environmental risks and on emerging and newly identified health risks, adopted in 2013.

24 March 2014
Call for experts in the field of surgical meshes used in urogynecological surgeryCall for experts in the field of surgical meshes used in urogynecological surgery

The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks( SCENIHR) launched the call for experts in the area of surgical meshes used in urogynecological surgery who are interested to work for an opinion on this topic. The submission deadline is 10 April.

21 March 2014
Food: Cotton MON 88913 - EFSA statement for public consultation Food: Cotton MON 88913 - EFSA statement for public consultation

A new EFSA statement complementing the opinion on genetically modified cotton MON 87705 for food and feed uses taking into consideration updated bioinformatic analyses was published on 14 March 2014. 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 2014
Animal Health: EU updates control measures on African swine fever and provides financial support to Lithuania and PolandAnimal Health: EU updates control measures on African swine fever and provides financial support to Lithuania and Poland

Experts meeting at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 18 March 2014 endorsed revised control measures following the confirmation of African swine fever cases in wild boar in Lithuania and Poland and a financial Decision worth €3.5 million for 2014 to combat the disease.

19 March 2014
Final opinion on Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgamFinal 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.

14 March 2014
Public consultation launched on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacementsPublic 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.

13 March 2014
Third Health Programme 2014-2020 adopted by the European ParliamentThird 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.

27 February 2014
Health: European Parliament approves a revised EU Tobacco Products DirectiveHealth: European Parliament approves a revised EU Tobacco Products Directive

On 26 February, the European Parliament approved a revised EU Tobacco Products Directive. This new law strengthens the rules on how tobacco products are manufactured, produced and presented in the EU, and introduces rules for certain tobacco-related products. This Memo seeks to answer questions on what exactly will change once the revised Directive enters into force.

26 February 2014
Health: Global Health Policy Fora in 2014Health: Global Health Policy Fora in 2014

The European Commission is organizing five Global Health Policy Fora in 2014. The events will bring together Commission DGs, the European External Action Service, the Member States, third country representatives, non-government organizations, industry representatives, as well as representatives of international organizations to exchange views on various topics in global health and maximize synergies between the different actors.

21 February 2014
Commission creates European Fund for minor uses of pesticidesCommission creates European Fund for minor uses of pesticides

According to the Commission’s recent report, there is a need to create a €350 000 European fund for minor uses of pesticides.
These uses mainly concern minor or very minor crops (including most vegetables, fruits, nurseries and flowers), which are not economically sustainable for the plant protection industry, but important for growers.

21 February 2014
Food safety: Commission reviews measures on imports from JapanFood safety: Commission reviews measures on imports from Japan

Experts meeting in Brussels on 20 February 2014 endorsed a Commission proposal to revise the import conditions of food and feed coming from Japan following the Fukushima nuclear accident.

21 February 2014
Food: Horsemeat - Commission launches second round of EU-wide DNA testing planFood: Horsemeat - Commission launches second round of EU-wide DNA testing plan

A Commission Recommendation on a coordinated control plan to carry out a series of DNA tests in EU Member States was endorsed on 13 February 2014 by experts meeting at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain. This is the second time the Commission is coordinating such a control plan to find out if horsemeat is still being fraudulently added to products labelled as beef.

14 February 2014
Animal Welfare: Achievements and challenges at the mid-point of the 2012-2015 strategyAnimal Welfare: Achievements and challenges at the mid-point of the 2012-2015 strategy

The Commission marked the mid-point of the EU Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012-2015 at a conference in Brussels on 12 Feb 2014. The event brought together key stakeholders to review the achievements of the strategy to date, and to identify remaining challenges.

11 February 2014
Health: Public hearing on EMF preliminary opinion Health: Public hearing on EMF preliminary opinion

The European Commission is organising a public hearing on the preliminary opinion on potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields, to be held on 27 March.

08 February 2014
Food: Statement by Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, on Russian ban on EU pig exportsFood: Statement by Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, on Russian ban on EU pig exports

European Commission calls once more on the Russian Federation to engage in constructive talks on the issue of the Russian ban on EU pig exports.

07 February 2014
Food: GM soybean MON 87705 - updated EFSA opinion for public consultation; GM soybean 305423 – EFSA opinion for public consultationFood: GM soybean MON 87705 - updated EFSA opinion for public consultation; GM soybean 305423 – EFSA opinion for public consultation

Two new EFSA opinions on genetically modified soybeans for food and feed uses have been published.

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean 305423 was published on 18 December 2013.

A new EFSA statement complementing the opinion on genetically modified soybean MON 87705 for food and feed uses to cover the safety of soybean MON 87705 oil for commercial frying was published on 17 December 2013.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, the public may make comments on these opinions during a 1 month period.

06 December 2013
Health: EU takes action against cancerHealth: EU takes action against cancer

On the occasion of World Cancer Day, the European Commission presents 10 little known facts about EU action in the field of cancer.

04 February 2014
Health: Electromagnetic fields and health effects: public consultation on SCENIHR preliminary opinionHealth: Electromagnetic fields and health effects: public consultation on SCENIHR preliminary opinion

This opinion addresses issues of public concern related to the potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. Deadline for comments: 16 April 2014.

04 February 2014
Food: On-going discussions with Russian Federation on ban of EU pig meatFood: On-going discussions with Russian Federation on ban of EU pig meat

Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, has issued a statement concerning the situation following the confirmation of 2 cases of African swine fever in wild boar in Lithuania on Friday 24th January.

31 January 2014
Health: Chronic Diseases Joint Action gets started at kick-off meeting in MadridHealth: Chronic Diseases Joint Action gets started at kick-off meeting in Madrid

Some 38 organisations from 22 Member States are taking part in the “CHRODIS” Joint Action which just got underway at a kick-off in Madrid. The Joint Action, co-financed by the EU Health Programme, addresses chronic diseases and promotes healthy ageing, focusing in particular on health promotion and disease prevention.

29 January 2014
Health: BisphenolA in medical devices: public consultation on SCENIHR preliminary opinionHealth: BisphenolA in medical devices: public consultation on SCENIHR preliminary opinion

The consultation will run until 26 March 2014. Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the scientific evidence underpinning this preliminary opinion online. This opinion aims to assess whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in medical devices could cause any health concerns.

29 January 2014
Food: GM Soybean BPS-CV127-9 - EFSA opinion for public consultation Food: GM Soybean BPS-CV127-9 - EFSA opinion for public consultation

A new EFSA opinion on genetically modified soybean for food and feed uses was published on 17 January 2014. 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.

28 January 2014
Health: Most EU countries are falling short of flu vaccination targetsHealth: Most EU countries are falling short of flu vaccination targets

A progress report on the 2009 Council Recommendation on seasonal influenza vaccination reveals that of the 18 Member States who provided data on vaccination coverage for older age groups for the 2011-2012 flu season, only one – the Netherlands - has met the target of 75% coverage.

09 January 2014
Health: Call for tender - Pilot project on the promotion of self-care systems in the European Union. Platform of expertsHealth: Call for tender - Pilot project on the promotion of self-care systems in the European Union. Platform of experts

Creation of a platform of experts in self-care and healthcare. Deadline for application: 28 February 2014

09 January 2014
Health: Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, welcomes agreement on the revision of EU rules on Clinical TrialsHealth: Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, welcomes agreement on the revision of EU rules on Clinical Trials

"I welcome the agreement reached at COREPER today on the revision of the EU rules on clinical trials. I thank the Lithuanian Presidency for the progress on this important text for people's health and EU competitiveness. [..]"

20 December 2013
Press Release: Commissioner Borg welcomes agreement on the revision of the Tobacco Products DirectivePress Release: Commissioner Borg welcomes agreement on the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive

"I welcome the agreement reached at COREPER level today on the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive. It's a direct outcome of the last trilogue between the European Parliament and EU Member States on this important text for EU citizens."

18 December 2013
Food: Commission tables proposals on animal cloning and novel foodFood: Commission tables proposals on animal cloning and novel food

The European Commission has today adopted three draft laws on animal cloning and on novel food which will provide legal certainty in this field. Two proposals will ban the use of the cloning technique in the EU for farm animals and the imports of these animal clones.

18 December 2013
Health: Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistanceHealth: Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance

The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, SCENIHR have launched a consultation on the above-mentioned preliminary opinion, which focused on the use of nanosilver and possible associated health risks

17 December 2013
Food: Commission tables report to launch debate on mandatory origin labelling for meat used as an ingredientFood: Commission tables report to launch debate on mandatory origin labelling for meat used as an ingredient

A report on the possibility to extend mandatory origin labelling for all meat used as an ingredient was published on Dec 17 by the Commission. On the basis of these discussions the Commission will consider what, if any, appropriate next step should be taken.

17 December 2013
Health: Commission convenes high-level conference to take stock on anti-microbial resistance in EuropeHealth: Commission convenes high-level conference to take stock on anti-microbial resistance in Europe

A conference organised by the European Commission on the European antimicrobial resistance (AMR) five year action plan and its future challenges is taking place in Brussels on 11 December 2013. The conference provides a platform to discuss this action plan at the mid-stage of its implementation, looking at the issue both from a human health and veterinary perspective.

11 December 2013
Food: BTSF - Three new calls for tenderFood: BTSF - Three new calls for tender

The Commission has re-launched 3 BTSF calls for which no contract was awarded after the calls for tender have been launched in July 2013.This concerns the calls for tender for the organisation and implementation of training activities on "Principles and methods of food safety risk assessment" (EAHC/2013/BTSF/17), on "Food hygiene at primary production" (EAHC/2013/BTSF/18) and training activities on "Official supervision as regards semen, ova and embryos" (EAHC/2013/BTSF/19).

Deadline for the submission of the offers is 31 January 2014.

09 December 2013
Food: Vacancy: Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)Food: Vacancy: Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)05 December 2013
Plant Health: Experts endorse emergency measures to restrict the import of citrus fruit from South AfricaPlant Health: Experts endorse emergency measures to restrict the import of citrus fruit from South Africa

Emergency measures proposed by the Commission to tackle citrus fruit from South Africa contaminated with citrus black spot, a harmful fungus not native to Europe, were today endorsed by Member State experts meeting at the Standing Committee on Plant Health (SCPH).

28 November 2013
Health: European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing 2nd Conference of Partners: “Scaling up for Healthy Growth”Health: European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing 2nd Conference of Partners: “Scaling up for Healthy Growth”

On 25 November Brussels hosts a conference which focuses on the impact on growth and health systems reform of the European Innovation Partnership for Active & Healthy Ageing (EIP for AHA).

25 November 2013
Animals: Welfare and management of stray dogs Animals: Welfare and management of stray dogs

The welfare and management of stray dogs is an issue which causes considerable unease to the citizens of Europe. The Commission regularly receives complaints notably in relation to Romania where it is of particular concern. In consequence this response has been published in the Official Journal.

23 November 2013
Animals: EU study provides more insight into the diversity of European beekeepingAnimals: EU study provides more insight into the diversity of European beekeeping

Thanks to a study recently published by PLOS ONE, more information is now available on European beekeeping to better understand the general context which is highly relevant for bee health.

21 November 2013
Plants: GMO: Commission asks Council to agree on its proposal to grant Member States more subsidiarity on cultivationPlants: GMO: Commission asks Council to agree on its proposal to grant Member States more subsidiarity on cultivation

In line with a ruling of the General Court of the European Union, the Commission on November 6 referred a cultivation request for the 1507 maize to the Council of Ministers. In parallel the Commission has request a fresh debate in the Council of Ministers on its so-called “cultivation proposal”.

06 November 2013
Health: Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on ' Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) Silicone Breast Implants (2013 update)'Health: Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on ' Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) Silicone Breast Implants (2013 update)'

The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, SCENIHR have launched a consultation on the preliminary opinion: Preliminary Opinion on the safety of Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) Silicone Breast Implants (2013 update).

29 October 2013
Health: Decision on serious cross-border threats to healthHealth: Decision on serious cross-border threats to health

On 22 October 2013, the EU adopted a Decision to improve preparedness across the EU and strengthen the capacity to coordinate response to health emergencies. This Decision entered into force on 6 November 2013.

22 October 2013
Food: World Food Day: Commission underlines commitment to reducing food waste in Europe Food: World Food Day: Commission underlines commitment to reducing food waste in Europe

16 October marks World Food Day - an occasion to remind ourselves that around a third of food is wasted globally. This amounts to 1.3 billion tons per year according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation. About 90 million tonnes of food is wasted annually in Europe – agricultural food waste and fish discards not included.

16 October 2013
Health: Science made simple: new science factsheet on mercury from dental amalgamHealth: Science made simple: new science factsheet on mercury from dental amalgam

Discover more about mercury from dental amalgam through our new science factsheet!
The factsheet explains, in a non-scientific language, the environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam.

15 October 2013
Food: BTSF Info dayFood: BTSF Info day

10th of September - Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency will organize an INFO day dedicated to the recently published calls.

14 October 2013
Consumers: Better protection when downloading games, e-books, videos and musicConsumers: Better protection when downloading games, e-books, videos and music

Thanks to the joint action of the EU Member States and the European Commission, 116 websites selling digital games, books, videos and music have been brought in line with the EU consumer legislation.

14 October 2013
Health: European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), 18 November 2013Health: European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), 18 November 2013

The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is a European health initiative coordinated by ECDC which provides a platform and support for national campaigns on the prudent use of antibiotics during the week of 18 November.

11 October 2013
Animals: Combatting rabies in the EU and beyondAnimals: Combatting rabies in the EU and beyond

On the occasion of World Rabies Day, 28 September 2013, it should be recalled that the European Commission has been investing, together with Member States, to successfully eradicate rabies both within the EU and in neighbouring non-EU countries.

29 September 2013
Animals: Commission continues co-financing voluntary surveillance studies on honeybee lossesAnimals: Commission continues co-financing voluntary surveillance studies on honeybee losses

This co-financing of EUR 1.84 million was endorsed by Member State experts meeting in the Standing Committee on Animal Health on 10 September and is planned to be formally adopted soon.

11 September 2013
Animals: Combating African Swine FeverAnimals: Combating African Swine Fever

A EU co-financed programme amounting to almost 2.5m EUR for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to prevent African Swine Fever was endorsed on 10 September by Member State experts meeting in the Standing Committee for Animal Health and Welfare.

11 September 2013
Health: Directive on Patients’ Rights in Cross-border Healthcare enters into forceHealth: Directive on Patients’ Rights in Cross-border Healthcare enters into force

This Directive marks a big step forward for patients in the EU. European Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, urges all Member States to deliver on their obligations and fully transpose the Directive, for the benefit and empowerment of patients across the EU.

10 September 2013
Animals: Building a Europe that cares for companion animalsAnimals: Building a Europe that cares for companion animals

A conference on the welfare of dogs and cats in Europe will take place in Brussels on 28 October 2013. It is being organised by the European Commission, in co-operation with the Lithuanian Presidency and with the support of Eurogroup for Animals, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and Vier Pfoten International.

04 September 2013
Animals: Workshop for veterinary practitioners on animal welfareAnimals: Workshop for veterinary practitioners on animal welfare

There is still time to register for a workshop on "Improving animal welfare: a practical approach", which will take place in the Netherlands on 12-13 September 2013.

The workshops are aimed at veterinary practitioners and will include both theoretical and practical on-farm sessions to provide veterinarians a deeper understanding of animal welfare matters.

21 August 2013
Plants: Smarter rules for safer foodPlants: Smarter rules for safer food

The European Commission has adopted a package of measures to strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain. The package of measures provide a modernised and simplified, more risked-based approach to the protection of health and more efficient control tools to ensure the effective application of the rules guiding the operation of the food chain.

30 July 2013
Food: Food safety of fruit and vegetable imports: The system is protecting European consumersFood: Food safety of fruit and vegetable imports: The system is protecting European consumers

A report published on July 29 2013 by the Commission shows that the system of controls at EU borders on fruit and vegetable imports from non-EU countries is protecting consumers from potential food safety risks.

29 July 2013
Food: Commissioner Borg thanks Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle for her active and solid contribution to EFSA's workFood: Commissioner Borg thanks Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle for her active and solid contribution to EFSA's work

Following yesterday's announcement by the French Government to appoint Catherine GesIain-Lanéelle as the next Director General for agricultural, agri-food and territorial policies in the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Commissioner for Health Tonio Borg expressed his gratitude for her active and solid contribution to EFSA's work.

25 July 2013
Plants: Revision of EU legislation on Plant Reproductive Material (PRM)Plants: Revision of EU legislation on Plant Reproductive Material (PRM)

Commissioner Borg clarifies the Commission's proposal in a letter to the President of Arche Noah, the Seed Savers Association in Central Europe.

10 July 2013