Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (SANTE)

Source: Europa Nu.

This Directorate-General is responsible for EU legislation in the areas of food safety, safety of products and public health.

The main tasks of the DG are:

  • to protect and improve public health
  • to guarantee food safety
  • to protect the health and welfare of farm animals
  • to protect crops and forests

On January 1st 2015 the consumer protection unit was moved to the DG Justice and Consumer Affairs i.



Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 192 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
03.06.2024  .
Report com(2024)229
27.05.2024  .
Report com(2024)214
22.05.2024  .
Communication com(2024)206
29.04.2024  .
Report com(2024)179
19.04.2024  .
Report com(2024)170


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 105 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
27.02.2023  Specific rules on the entry into Northern Ireland from other parts of the UK of certain consignments of retail goods, plants, seeds, agricultural machinery and pet ...
Regulation com(2023)124
27.02.2023  Specific rules relating to medicinal products for human use intended to be placed on the market of Northern Ireland.
Regulation com(2023)122
06.01.2023  Amendment of Regulations (EU) 2017/745 and (EU) 2017/746 as regards the transitional provisions for certain medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices.
Regulation com(2023)10
13.12.2022  Fees and charges payable to the European Medicines Agency.
Regulation com(2022)721
28.10.2022  EU position within the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Sub-Committee established by the Association Agreement with Georgia on modification of Annex XI-B to that Agreement.
Decision com(2022)561


Legislation in force

There are at least 14 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
26.04.2023  Stepping up EU actions to combat antimicrobial resistance in a One Health approach.
Recommendation com(2023)191
20.09.2022  Strengthening prevention through early detection: A new EU approach on cancer screening.
Recommendation com(2022)474
18.12.2020  Common framework for the use, validation and mutual recognition of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests in the EU.
Recommendation com(2020)849
26.04.2018  Strengthened Cooperation against Vaccine Preventable Diseases.
Recommendation com(2018)244
31.01.2018  Health technology assessment.
Regulation com(2018)51