DG Health and Consumers
- Current languageen
- GMO Legislation
- Authorisation procedure
- EU Register of authorised GMOs
- Monitoring after authorisation
- Trans-boundary movement
- Contained use
- New breeding techniques
- Evaluation of GMO cultivation
- Reports & studies
Seed & Propagation Material
- EU rules
- EU marketing requirements
- Conservation varieties
- EU legislation
- Review of EU rules
- Equivalence requirements for non-EU countries
- Plant variety catalogues & databases
- Plant genetic resources
- Expert group
Plant Health - Bio-security
- EU rules
- New EU plant health rules
- EU plant health legislation
- Trade within the EU
- Non-EU trade
- Protected zones
- Plant Health Interceptions (EUROPHYT)
- Expert Group
- Plant Property Rights
- Standing Committees
Farmers, traders and importers must comply with MRLs because they are responsible for food safety.
National authorities in the EU control and enforce MRLs by taking samples and checking pesticides levels.
The Commission ensures that this is done properly and uniformly through:
- EU multi-annual control programme - shows the main pesticide-crop combinations to monitor and the minimum number of samples for each EU country in an annual report.
- Sampling methods – Directive on Community methods of sampling for the official control of pesticide residues in and on products of plant and animal origin.
- EU Reference Laboratories - train staff, develop common analysis methods, evaluate national control laboratories.
- Food and Veterinary Office - makes inspections in EU countries and audits their controls.
- The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed alerts countries when pesticide residues are at a worrying level for consumers so that they can take measures.