We intend to make Europe a healthier and safer place. Our mission is to protect the citizens’ health and monitor their food making sure it is safe.
We aim to
- Build a strong European Health Union to protect and improve public health
- ensure Europe's food is sustainable and safe
- protect the health and welfare of farm animals
- protect the health of crops and forests
What we do
We will achieve our goals by monitoring, listening to your concerns and taking action.
Once the EU has adopted laws and policies on food safety and public health, it is up to national, regional and local governments to apply those laws. They have to ensure that authorities in charge, companies, manufacturers and food producers stick to the rules. Part of our job is to check that this is really happening.
When we make policies, we want to hear from all interested parties through consultation. We consider, for example, related EU policies on trade, competitiveness and the environment, among others, and the concerns of stakeholders.
Where EU action is needed, we propose laws and support projects. We also support national or regional authorities in areas where they are better placed to act.
News related to Public Health
Please visit the Public Health website
News related to Food Safety
Please visit the Food Safety website
DG SANTE develops and carries out the Commission's policies on:
Plans and reports
Commission work programme - overview of institution-wide deliverables for current year
Strategic plan - department strategy, objectives for 2020-2024
Management plan - department forecasted outputs, activities, resources for current year
Annual activity report - department achievements, resources used during previous year
Leiding en organisatie
- Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
- +32 2 299 11 11 (Commission switchboard)
- European Commission, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, Belgium