Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Parts of this article (those related to name and responsibilities) need to be updated.(January 2015)
The Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), until 2014 known as the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), is a Directorate-General of the European Commission. The DG is responsible for the implementation of European Union laws on food safety and health. It is headed by European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides and Director-General Sandra Gallina.
The Directorate-General is made up of seven Directorates (as of December 2021):
- Directorate A: Resource management and better regulation
- Directorate B: Health systems, medical products and innovation
- Directorate C: Public Health
- Directorate D: Food sustainability, international relations
- Directorate E: Food and feed safety, innovation
- Directorate F: Health and food audits and analysis
- Directorate G: Crisis preparedness in food, animals and plants
EUROPHYT is the EC's food safety rapid alert system.
DG SANTE manages two independent Scientific Committees:
- the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)
- the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SHEER)
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.
DG SANTE is linked to one executive agency, the Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA), as well as several decentralised agencies of the European Union such as 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.