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 146 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
24.02.2021  Food and food ingredients treated with ionising radiation for the years 2018-2019.
Report com(2021)79
17.02.2021  HERA Incubator: Anticipating together the threat of COVID-19 variants.
Communication com(2021)78
12.02.2021  Delegated acts of the Commission under Regulation (EU) 2016/429 on transmissible animal diseases (‘Animal Health Law’).
Report com(2021)57
03.02.2021  Extension of the term of Community plant variety rights for the species asparagus and the species groups flower bulbs, woody small fruits and woody ornamentals.
Regulation com(2021)36
03.02.2021  Europe's Beating Cancer Plan.
Communication com(2021)44


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 125 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
17.06.2020  Conduct of clinical trials with and supply of medicinal products for human use containing or consisting of GMOs intended to treat or prevent coronavirus disease.
Regulation com(2020)261
07.04.2020  Amending decision 2003/17/EC on equivalence of field inspections carried out in Ukraine on cereal seed-producing crops and cereal seed produced in Ukraine.
Decision com(2020)137
03.04.2020  Amendment of Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices as regards the dates of application of certain of its provisions.
Regulation com(2020)144
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


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