Legislation concerning maximum permitted levels in food-stuffs

Regulation (EEC) No. 737/90 Conditions governing imports of agricultural products originating in third countries following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power station (Three regulations amend the above regulation, last amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 806/2003, entry into force 5/6/2003)

Legislation concerning certain substances in food-stuffs

EU Directives for contamination from substances with hormonal action and other substances

EU Directive 96/22/EC The prohibition on the use in stockfarming of certain substances having a hormonal or thyrostatic action and of beta-agonists (Amendment: Directive 2003/74/EC, entry into force 14/10/2003)

EU Directive 96/23/EC Measures to monitor certain substances and residues thereof in live animals and animal products (Three amendments: two Regulations and one Directive, last amendment: Directive 2006/104/EC, entry into force 01/01/2007)

EU Directives/Regulations dealing with food additives and flavourings

EU Directive 78/663/EEC Specific criteria of purity for emulsifiers, stabilisers, thickeners and gelling agents for use in food-stuffs (Three amendments (Directives), last amendment: Directive 92/4/EEC, entry into force 29/2/1992)

EU Directive 81/712/EEC Community methods of analysis for verifying that certain additives used in food-stuffs satisfy criteria of purity

EU Directive 88/388/EEC Flavourings for use in food-stuffs and source materials for their production (Two amendments: one Directive and one Regulation, last amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 1882/2003, entry into force 20/11/2003)


EU Decision 88/389/EEC Establishment of an inventory of the source materials and substances used in the preparation of flavourings

EU Directive 89/107/EEC On the approximation of the laws of the Member States concerning food additives authorised for use in food-stuffs intended for human consumption (Two amendments: one Directive and one Regulation, last amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 1882/2003, entry into force 20/11/2003)

EU Directive 94/35/EC Sweeteners for use in food-stuffs (Five amendments: four Directives and one Regulation, last amendment: Directive 2006/52/EC, entry into force: 15/08/2006)

EU Directive 94/36/EC Colours for use in food-stuffs (Amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 1882/2003 entry into force 20/11/2003)

EU Directive 95/2/EC Food additives other than colours and sweeteners (Six amendments (Directives), last amendment: Directive 2004/45/EC, entry into force 10/05/2004)

Regulation (EC) No. 2232/96 Flavouring substances used or intended for use in or on food-stuffs (Amendment: Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003, entry into force 20/11/2003)

Regulation (EC) No. 2065/2003 Smoke flavouring used or intended for use in or on foods (entry into force 16/12/2003)

Legislation related to HACCP

Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002 General principles and requirements of food law, establishment of the European Food Safety Authority and report of procedures in matters of food safety (Two amendments (Regulations), last amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 575/2006, entry into force 28/04/2006)

Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 Hygiene of foodstuffs

Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004 Specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin (Five Amendments (Regulations), last amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 1243/2007, entry into force 13/11/2007)

Regulation (EC) No. 854/2004 Specific rules for the organisation of official controls on products of animal origin intended for human consumption (Five amendments (Regulations), last amendment: Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006, entry into force 01/01/2007)

Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004 Official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules (Three amendments (Regulations), last amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 180/2008, entry into force 20/03/2008)

Other food safety legislation

EU Directives for freezing: ionisation

EU Directive 89/108/EEC Approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to quick-frozen food-stuffs for human consumption (Two amendments: one Regulation and one Directive, last amendment: Directive 2006/107/EC, entry into force: 01/01/2007)

EU Directive 1999/2/EC The approximation of the laws of the Member States concerning foods and food ingredients treated with ionising radiation (Amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 1882/2003, entry into force 20/11/2003)

EU Directive 1999/3/EC On the establishment of a Community list of foods food ingredients treated with ionising radiation (Amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 1882/2003, entry into force 20/11/2003)

EU Directives and Regulations for Genetically Modified Organisms

Decision 2004/643/EC Placing on the market of a maize product (Zea mays L.line NK603) GM for glyphosate tolerance

Regulation (EC) No. 1829/2003 GM food and feed (Amendment: Regulation (EC) 1981/2006, entry into force 12/01/2007)

Regulation (EC) No. 1830/2003 Traceability and labelling of GMOs and traceability of food and feed products produced from GMOs

Regulation (EC) No. 65/2004 Establishing a system for the development and assignment of unique identifiers for genetically modified organisms (entry into force 16/01/2004)

EU Directives and Regulations related to labelling

EU Directive 90/496/EEC Approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to food supplements (Two amendments: one Directive and one Regulation, last amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 1882/2003, entry into force 20/11/2003)

EU Directive 2000/13/EC Approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the labelling, presentation and advertising of food-stuffs (Five amendments (Directives), last amendment: Directive 2006/142/EC, entry into force 12/01/2007)

Regulation (EC) No. 110/2008 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks, entry into force 20/02/2008) 

Regulation (EEC) No. 1601/91 Laying down general rules on the definition, description and presentation of aromatised wine, aromatised wine-based drinks and aromatised wine-product cocktails (Four amendments (Regulations), last amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 1882/2003, entry into force 20/11/2003)


Regulation (EC) No. 510/2006 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs, entry into force 31/3/2006. (Amendment: Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006, entry into force 01/01/2007)

Regulation (EEC) No. 2200/96 Labelling of fresh fruits and vegetable (13 amendments (Regulations), last amendment: Regulations (EC) No. 1234/2007, entry into force 60/12/2007)

Regulation (EC) No. 2815/98 Marketing standards for olive oil (Amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 1638/98)

Regulation (EC) No. 1760/ 2000 Establishment of a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products (Amendment: Regulations (EC) No. 1791/2006, entry into force 01/01/2007)

Regulation (EC) No. 1321/ 2002 Marketing standards for poultry meat (Amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 318/2003 Certain marketing standards for eggs)

EU Directive and Regulations with regard to oils - fats

Regulation (EC) No. 2991/94 Standards for spreadable oils

Legislation dealing with packaging

EU Directive 76/211/EEC Approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making-up by weight or by volume of certain prepackaged products (Amendment: Directive 2007/45/EC, entry into force 11/10/2007)

EU Directive 78/142/EEC Approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to materials and articles which contain vinyl chloride monomer and are intended to come into contact with food-stuffs (Three amendments (Directives), last amendment: Directive 97/48/EC, entry into force 01/09/1997)

EU Directive 82/711/EEC Laying down the basic rules necessary for testing migration of the constituents of plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs (Two amendments (Directives), last amendment: Directive 97/48/EC, entry into force 1/9/1997)

EU Directive 93/10/EEC Relating to materials and articles made of regenerated cellulose film intended to come into contact with food-stuffs (Two amendments (Directives), last amendment: Directive 2004/14/EC, entry into force 19/02/2005)

EU Directive 94/62/EC Packaging and packaging waste (Two amendments (Directives), last amendment: Directive 2005/20/EC, entry into force 19/02/2005)

EU Directive 2002/16/EC Use of certain epoxy derivatives in materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs

Legislation on controls and food hygiene rules

EU Directive 89/397/EEC Official control of food-stuffs

EU Directive 93/99/EEC Additional measures concerning the official control of food-stuffs (Amendment: Regulation (EC) No. 1882/2003)

EU Directive 2002/99/EC Laying down the animal health rules governing the production, processing, distribution and introduction of products of animal origin for human consumption

EU Directive 2004/41/EC Repealing certain directives concerning food hygiene and health conditions for the production and placing on the market of certain products of animal origin intended for human consumption

Legislation related to imports from third countries and intra-Community trade


EU Directive 89/662/EEC Veterinary checks in intra-Community trade with a view to the completion of the internal market (Seven amendments: six Directives and one Regulation, last amendment: Directive 2004/41/EC, entry into force 30/04/2003)

EU Directive 90/425/EEC Veterinary and zootechnical checks applicable in intra-Community trade in certain live animals and products with a view to the completion of the internal market (Three amendments (Directives), last amendment Directive 92/60/EEC, entry into force 20/07/1992)

EU Directive 91/174/EEC Laying down zootechnical and pedigree requirements for the marketing of pure-bred animals

EU Directive 91/496/EEC Laying down the principles governing the organisation of veterinary checks on animals entering the Community from third countries (Three amendments: two Decisions and one Directive, last amendment: Decision 2006/104/EC, entry into force 01/01/2007)

EU Directive 92/65/EEC Laying down animal health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal health requirements laid down in specific Community rules (Two amendments: one Regulation and one Directive, last amendment: Directive 2004/68/EC, entry into force 20/05/2004)

EU Directive 92/118/EEC Laying down animal health and public health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of products not subject to the said requirements laid down in specific Community rules (Four amendments (Directives), last amendment: Directive 2004/41/EC, entry into force 20/05/2004)

EU Directive 96/23/EEC Measures to monitor certain substances and residues thereof in live animals and animal products (Three amendments: two Regulations and one Directive, last amendment: Directive 2006/104/EC, entry into force 01/01/2007)

EU Directive 97/78/EEC Laying down the principles governing the organisation of veterinary checks on products entering the Community from third countries (Two amendments: one Regulation and one Directive, last amendment: Directive 2006/104/EC, entry into 01/01/2007)

Legislation dealing with specific provisions for animals

EU Directives dealing with specific provisions: bovine and porcine animals

EU Directive 64/432/EEC Animal health problems affecting intra-Community trade in bovine animals and swine (30 amendments: four Regulations, 24 Directives and two Decisions, last amendment: Decision 2007/729/EC, entry into force 13/11/2007)

EU Directive 77/96/EEC Examination for trichinae (Trichinella spiralis) upon importation from third countries of fresh meat derived from domestic swine (Seven amendments: one Regulation and six Directives, last amendment: Regulation (EC) 807/2003, entry into force 05/06/2003)

EU Directive 77/504/EEC Pure-bred breeding animals of the bovine species (Five amendments: one Regulation and four Directives, last amendment: Regulation (EC) 807/2003, entry into force 05/06/2003)

EU Directives related to specific provision: ovine and caprine animals

EU Directive 89/361/EEC Pure-bred breeding sheep and goats

EU Directive 2004/68/EC Laying down animal health rules for the importation into and transit through the Community of certain live ungulate animals

EU Directives with regard to specific provisions – poultry

EU Directive 71/118/EEC Health problems affecting trade in fresh poultry meat (Twelve amendments: one Regulation and 11 Directives, last amendment: Regulation (EC) 807/2003, entry into force 05/06/2003)

EU Directive 89/437/EEC Hygiene and health problems affecting the production and the placing on the market of egg products (Four amendments: one Regulation and three Directives, last amendment: Regulation (EC) 806/2003, entry into force 05/06/2003)

EU Directives for specific provisions: meat and meat-based production

EU Directive 72/461/EEC Health problems affecting intra-Community trade in fresh meat (18 amendments: one Regulation and 17 Directives, last amendment: Regulation (EC) 807/2003, entry into force 05/06/2003)

EU Directive 80/215/EEC Animal health problems affecting intra-Community trade in meat products (9 amendments: two Regulations and seven Directives, last amendment: Regulation (EC) 807/2003)

EU Directive 91/497/EEC Health problems affecting intra-Community trade in fresh meat to extend it to the production and marketing of fresh meat (Two amendments: one Regulation and one Directive, last amendment: Regulation (EC) 806/2003, entry into force 05/06/2003)

EU Directives focused on specific provisions: fish and fishery products

EU Directive 91/67/EEC The animal health conditions governing the placing on the market of aquaculture animals and products (Five amendments: one Regulation and four Directives, last amendment: Regulation (EC) 806/2003, entry into force 05/06/2003)

EU Directive 91/492/EEC Laying down the health conditions for the production and the placing on the market of live bivalve molluscs (Two amendments: one Regulation and one Directives, last amendment: Directive 97/79/EC, entry into force 19/2/1998)

Decision 97/296/EC Drawing up the list of third countries from which the import of fishery products is authorised for human consumption (21 amendments (Decisions), last amendment: Decision 2004/359/EC, entry into force 10/04/2004)