HC Deb 27 October 2003 vol 412 c103WS
Jim Dobbin

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government has to require manufacturers of pharmaceutical products derived from human embryos or foetuses to label their products. [133145]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The statutory labelling particulars are set out in Title V of Council Directive 2001/83/EEC. These apply across all member states of the European Union. The unilateral imposition of additional labelling requirements by the United Kingdom would constitute a breach of EU and international law. To include a statement of the type proposed would therefore require amendment to all EU Directives that regulate labelling and packaging, plus amendments to any international agreements on labelling and packaging.

The Government have no plans to introduce additional labelling requirements.