EFAD Newsflash: CPME, JPI, EFAD conference, European Parliament, European Commission, World Obesity Federation, EFSA


Dear Colleagues,

There are 7 items in this week’s newsflash. The next newsflash will be published at the beginning of August.



Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME).

I represented dietitians yesterday at a Focus Group Meeting on Self-Care organised by the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME). The meeting was a part of the EU funded project ‘PiSCE’ and aimed to validate a draft report on EU Policy recommendations on self-care at EU-level. I was able to explain that dietitians already play a leading role in teaching patients with certain chronic conditions how to self-care safely.


JPI – Healthy Diets for Healthy Lifestyle

EFAD is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board of the JPI. A brief outline from the recent JPI conference on “Positioning and alignment of national and international research activities in the field of nutrition and health” is attached.


EFAD conference www.efadconference.com 23/24 October 2015

Poster abstracts submission date has been extended to end of July.


Other news

The European Parliament adopted its Initiative report with recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Several health organisations have welcomed the report as it includes vital safeguards for public health, and sends a clear signal that the controversial Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement system (ISDS) must be reformed. They believe it is essential that EU trade agreements do not limit the ability of national governments to legislate to protect and promote health and prevent negative health impacts such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), especially heart disease and stroke, and related risk factors.

As the European Parliament will have a final say on TTIP, it is crucial that MEPs have set down some red lines assuring citizens that fundamental European standards – especially those protecting health and preventing disease – will not be compromised in EU trade deals. The European Parliament has clearly signaled that TTIP must not take precedence over the right of the EU and national governments to regulate in the public interest.

European Commission notification of publication of a Roadmap on Draft 2015 Joint Report in Education and Training (ET 2020)

World Obesity Federation

/ Europe: Consultation on media regulation could strengthen restrictions on marketing food and beverages to children

A consultation on the application of EU’s Audio-Visual Media Services Directive offers opportunities for civil society organisations and others to comment on the need for better protection against inducements to consume unhealthy foods and beverages. Currently, programmes which ‘might seriously impair the development of minors’ (such as pornography and gratuitous violence) are banned from broadcast media and are restricted in on-demand media, while other ‘harmful’ content is limited to late night viewing for broadcast media but unrestricted in on-demand media. Alcohol and tobacco promotion are restricted, but food and beverage promotion is not included in either category. Consultation deadline 30 September.


As a major part of its work, the Panel on dietetic products, nutrition and allergies produces and publishes scientific outputs following mandates within its remit, including guidelines on health claims. EFSA also disseminates supporting publications in the field of dietetic products, nutrition and allergies.

Current topics published on their web site include Dietary Reference Values for Calcium, Safety of Caffeine, safety of UV treated bread among others. See http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/nda/ndascdocs.htm for more details.


Kindest regards

Judith Liddell

EFAD Secretary General