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Friday, April 3, 2020

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 123 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
10.03.2020  Implementation of the third programme of EU action in the field of health in 2017.
Report com(2020)88
15.11.2019  National and European Medicines Agency experience regarding the list of medicines for human use subject to additional monitoring.
Report com(2019)591
08.10.2019  Food and food ingredients treated with ionising radiation for the years 2016-2017.
Report com(2019)454
30.09.2019  Exercise of delegation conferred on EC on fees payable to the EMA for conduct of pharmacovigilance activities in respect of medicinal products for human use.
Report com(2019)439
26.09.2019  EU position in the Eighth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Decision com(2019)428


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 121 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
11.04.2018  Transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain.
Regulation com(2018)179
06.12.2017  Amendment of Council Directive 92/66/EEC introducing Community measures for the control of Newcastle disease.
Directive com(2017)742
29.11.2017  Amendment of Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 as regards the location of the seat of the European Medicines Agency.
Regulation com(2017)735
14.11.2017  Amendment of council decision 2003/17/EC as regards the equivalence of field inspections of seed-producing crops and on seedswith regard to Brazil and Moldova.
Decision com(2017)643
26.06.2015  EU Position regarding the amendment of appendices of Annex 11 to the Agreement with Switzerland on trade in agricultural products.
Decision com(2015)217


Legislation in force

There are at least 10 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
26.04.2018  Strengthened Cooperation against Vaccine Preventable Diseases.
Recommendation com(2018)244
30.08.2011  Electronic identification of bovine animals and deletion of the provisions on voluntary beef labelling.
Regulation com(2011)525
25.05.2009  Approval of the Amendments of Annex II and Annex III to the Convention for the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention) in ...
Decision com(2009)236
11.11.2008  European action in the field of rare diseases.
Recommendation com(2008)726
28.07.2006  Flavourings and certain food ingredients with flavouring properties for use in and on foods.
Regulation com(2006)427