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Directorate-General for Health and Consumers

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The Directorate-General for Health and Consumers is a Directorate-General of the European Commission (formerly known as the Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection and often abbreviated as SANCO or DG-SANCO for the French words Santé [Health] & Consommateurs [Consumers].) The Health & Consumers DG is responsible for the implementation of European Union laws on the safety of food and other products, on consumers' rights and on the protection of people's health. In 2006, DG Sanco launched the public Health-EU portal to provide European citizens with easy access to comprehensive information on Public Health initiatives and programmes at EU level.


Scientific Committees

DG-SANCO manages three independent Scientific Committees:

These Scientific Committees provide the European Commission with the scientific advice on non-food products that it needs when preparing policy and proposals relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment. The Committees also draw the Commission's attention to the new or emerging problems which may pose an actual or potential threat.


Three agencies of the European Union are linked to DG-SANCO: the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which the European Commission consults for questions concerning the safety of food products, the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), which administers a system of plant variety rights, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which helps the European Union combat communicable diseases and other serious health threats.

Health-EU Portal

Health-EU Portal is an official web portal of the Health and Consumers Directorate-General that facilities the access of public-related health information to European Union citizens,[1] launched in 2006.[2] The site contains material on 47 health-related subjects and is in the 22 official languages[3] of the EU. The Health-EU portal complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.[4]

See also


External links

  • Health & Consumers DG
  • The Scientific Committees of DG-SANCO
  • Health-EU Portal the official public health portal of the European Union

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