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Summaries of EU Legislation on Health.
Nutrition and health claims by Ina Dimireva — last modified 12 January 2010, 20:39 CET
Nutrition and health claims which encourage consumers to purchase a product, but are false, misleading or not scientifically proven are prohibited. The aim is to improve protection of consumers’ health and rights. European legislation has created a list of nutrition and health claims and the conditions for their authorisation which applies throughout the EU.
Labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs by Ina Dimireva — last modified 12 January 2010, 19:40 CET
Pre-packaged foodstuffs must comply with compulsory harmonised EU standards on labelling and advertising. The details that must appear on packaging include the name under which the product is sold, a list of ingredients and quantities, potential allergens (products which may cause allergies), the minimum durability date and conditions for keeping.
Quality and safety standards for human blood and blood components by Ina Dimireva — last modified 12 January 2010, 00:54 CET
The extent to which human blood is used therapeutically demands that the quality and safety of whole blood and blood components be ensured in order, in particular, to prevent the transmission of diseases. This EU Directive lays down high standards of quality and safety of human blood and blood components throughout the Community. The objective is to introduce a comprehensive package of binding rules applicable throughout the whole blood transfusion chain.
Organ donation and transplantation in the EU by Ina Dimireva — last modified 12 January 2010, 00:54 CET
Organ transplantation remains essential for the treatment of certain diseases. However, several factors must be taken into consideration where this therapeutic method is concerned: the risk of transmission of disease, the limited supply of organs and organ trafficking. This EU communication therefore aims to present the various potential options to ensure the quality and safety of organs, increase their availability and combat organ trafficking.
Sixth Environment Action Programme by Ina Dimireva — last modified 16 December 2009, 00:10 CET
The EU defines the priorities and objectives of European environment policy up to 2010 and beyond and describes the measures to be taken to help implement its sustainable development strategy.
Cross-border healthcare: patients' rights by Ina Dimireva — last modified 03 December 2009, 16:15 CET
The freedom to provide and receive health services throughout the European Union must be accompanied by guarantees of quality and security.