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Directorate-General Health and Consumer Protection (SANCO)

Source: Europa Nu.

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

The main tasks of the DG were:

  • public health: combatting the use of tobacco, sharing of medical knowledge, prevent and help contain contagious diseases
  • food safety: production of food, import of safe food, prevention of plant and animal diseases
  • protection of consumers: ensuring that products are safe

On January 1st 2015 this DG was replaced by DG Health and Food quality.



Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 164 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
16.10.2014  Implementation report on the Commission Communication on a European initiative on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
Working paper swd(2014)321
23.09.2014  Implementation of the Commission Communication on Action Against Cancer: European Partnership, Second Implementation Report on the Council Recommendation on cancer ...
Report com(2014)584
10.09.2014  Veterinary medicinal products.
Regulation com(2014)558
10.09.2014  Regulation on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of medicated feed.
Regulation com(2014)556
10.09.2014  Amending the regulation on Community procedures for authorisation and supervision of medicinal products for human and veterinary use and on a European Medicines Agency.
Regulation com(2014)557


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 38 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by undefined, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
10.09.2014  Communication to the EP concerning the Council's position on amending Directive 2001/18/EC as regards the possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the ...
Communication com(2014)570
26.05.2014  EU position within the Sub-committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures set up by the Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru as regards its Rules of Procedure.
Decision com(2014)295
05.05.2014  Repeal of Council Directive 93/5/EEC on assistance to the Commission and cooperation by the Member States in the scientific examination of questions relating to food.
Directive com(2014)246
11.02.2014  Zootechnical and genealogical conditions for trade in and imports into the Union of breeding animals and their germinal products.
Regulation com(2014)5
18.12.2013  Novel foods.
Regulation com(2013)894


Legislation in force

There are at least 7 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by undefined.
Date Title
27.11.2012  EU position on amending certain appendices to the Agreement with Switzerland on trade in agricultural products.
Decision com(2012)696
30.08.2011  Electronic identification of bovine animals and deletion of the provisions on voluntary beef labelling.
Regulation com(2011)525
27.07.2011  OPINION OF THE COMMISSIONpursuant to Article 294(7)(c) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, on the European Parliament's amendment[s]to the Council's position ...
Opinion com(2011)475
22.02.2011  Communication to the EP concerning the Council's position on a Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers.
Communication com(2011)77
03.02.2011  Amendment of Commission Decision 2006/197/EC as regards the renewal of the authorization to place on the market existing feed produced from genetically modified maize ...
Decision com(2011)36