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Parliamentary questions
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25 October 2018
E-005460-18
Question for written answer E-005460-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Maria Grapini (S&D)

 Subject:  Laboratory accreditation for verifying food product quality
 Answer in writing 

In accordance with Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with food law, the competent authority shall designate laboratories that may carry out the analysis of samples taken during official controls.

This regulation provides that each Member State has a competent authority to organise official controls and carry out laboratory accreditation, in accordance with European standards aimed at verifying food product quality.

Can the Commission say whether a clearer and unitary regulation for all Member States is necessary to avoid future entry of food products onto the internal market with double standards?

Does the Commission believe that a state entity which accredits laboratories and checks their functioning can also do the product verification, competing with the other laboratories that they accredit and control?

Original language of question: RO 
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