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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland publishes its study on consumers’ attitudes to food labelling

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) mandated the advertising research specialist, Ipsos MORI, to interview consumers aged 15 years and above on their understanding of the various forms of labelling used in Ireland. Published in December 2009, this article provides a summary of the results of the study. In Ireland, food labelling falls under the 2002 European Communities Regulations No. 483 with the goal of not misleading the consumer. Consumers face a number of different labelling (...)

EPHA Briefing on Minimum Pricing for Alcohol

In order to reduce levels of alcohol-related harm in Europe, there needs to be a targeted approach at Community level to reducing overall consumption of alcohol. There is a growing body of evidence which shows that price increases can have a substantial impact on reducing consumption, and consequently on alcohol-related harm. Pricing policy can therefore be an important part of an effective policy mix to tackle harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption. To read the full briefing, please (...)

EPHA Briefing on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive has now came into force. EPHA has created a briefing on the Directive for EPHA Members. EPHA Members can access the briefing here. On 19 December 2007, the Audiovisual Media Services Directive came into force. The Directive covers all EU audiovisual media services (including on-demand services) and amends and renames the Television without Frontiers Directive. EPHA was heavily involved in the adoption of the Directive, which had a number of (...)

European Action on Sexual Health

On 13 January 2010, the European Commission hosted a meeting of the Sexual Health Forum. The Forum marks a step towards the formation of a EU strategy on sexual health for young people. The overall aim of the Forum is to raise knowledge and awareness of the importance of sexual health and well-being for the overall health status of current and future generation. According to Chair Robert Madelin (Director General, DG SANCO), discussions at the Forum were set against a background of (...)

New RCP article highlights projected impact of minimum prices for alcohol

Since the publication of a report by the Chief Medical Officer for England in 2001, showing a ninefold increase in cirrhosis in 25–44 year olds in the previous 30 years, there has been increasing concern in the UK about the harm to health caused by alcohol. A new article in the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians looks at Britain’s alcohol market and specifically how minimum alcohol prices could stop moderate drinkers subsidising those drinking at hazardous and harmful (...)
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New European Parliament faces tough challenge on health

The newly elected Members of the European Parliament will play a key role in ensuring that health is high on the agenda and that it fits with citizens’ high expectations. This role will be even reinforced should the Lisbon Treaty enters into force. Here are some key policy challenges for the upcoming legislative term. Promoting a health-friendly EU environment Civil Society Organisations must be recognised as essential partners and the role of ‘health advocates’ in (...)

EPHA hosts seminar at the Swedish Presidency Alcohol Expert Conference

On 22 September, EPHA hosted a seminar on pricing issues and the link to alcohol-related harm within the framework of the expert conference on alcohol and health. The seminar welcomed expert speakers Dr. Nick Sheron and Jack Law for a discussion of the role that pricing policy for alcoholic beverages can play in helping to reduce alcohol-related harm in the European Union and beyond. Representative of the Royal College of Physicians at the European Alcohol and Health Forum and Consultant (...)

Spotlight on Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS)

Who are we? Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) is the national charity for alcohol issues, established in the early 1970’s as the Scottish Council on Alcohol (SCA) and becoming Alcohol Focus Scotland in 2001. Who do we represent? Our membership is drawn from a wide range of individuals and agencies from the voluntary and statutory sectors. What is our mission? To improve the quality of people’s lives by changing Scotland’s drinking culture - promoting responsible drinking (...)

EPHA position paper on Food Labelling

In response to the European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers, EPHA has developed a position with input from its members. EPHA recommends a mandatory European labelling scheme on the front and back of pack, with a traffic light system providing an intepretative element to help consumers make the healthiest choice. Background on the Commission proposal The new proposal combines two Directives (Dir 2000/13/EC and Dir 90/496/EEC) (...)

*Updated* Eurocare to co-host alcohol and pregnancy conference- 9 September 2009, Brussels

Eurocare is to co-organise a conference with the Swedish Presidency of the European Union to mark International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Day. *Updated* with conference invitation and registration form Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is the leading known cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the EU. It affects about 1% of people in the EU27 (i.e. nearly 5 million people) and is the only one that is 100% preventable. Unfortunately, many women are not (...)

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