The draft Technical Guidelines for Honey (SANTE/11956/2016 rev. 6) have been updated with comments from 5 Member States, EFSA and ECPA, and rev. 7 uploaded on CIRCABC for discussion. The comments received have been collated into an overview table with an indication of how/if they are taken into account. As at this late stage not all comments could be considered, the overview table will serve as a basis to inform a future revision after an initial implementation period, in order to gain experience. The Commission considered it important to finalise the document and undertook to discuss it at the SCoPAFF (Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed) Residues meeting in September 2018. The Commission proposed to set 1 July 2019 as implementation date for the Technical Guidelines.
The Commission has clarified that only honey is in scope, and other bee products including propolis are excluded due to low consumption; the exact scope will be detailed in final document.
Member States were invited to submit comments by 13 July 2018.
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