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Parliamentary questions
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7 May 2018
Question for written answer E-002513-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
María Teresa Giménez Barbat (ALDE)

 Subject:  Homeopathy is not medicine
 Answer in writing 

The Commission has recently put in place a package of measures to combat misinformation on vaccines and stop the rise in the number of citizens who refuse vaccinations. The words of the Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis, who said that ‘it is a fact’ that vaccines are effective, ‘like saying that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way round’, are to be commended.

This strong stance against anti-vaccination movements and in favour of reason and science is lacking when it comes to homeopathy. Directive 2001/83/EC defines homeopathy as a product which cannot have a ‘therapeutic indication’ and has a sufficient degree of dilution to guarantee its ‘safety’. By definition, homeopathy cannot have any effect on diseases, and therefore is anything but medicine, even though the directive describes homeopathic products as such. No homeopathic product has ever been scientifically proven to be of use for anything.

Is the fact that the directive treats homeopathic products as if they were medicines not confusing — or even misleading — to the public?

What steps will be taken to address the evident lack of consistency in dealing with issues such as vaccines and homeopathy?

Original language of question: ES 
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