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EU forces every fishing boat to carry 620 medical items

December 18th, 1994

The smallest inshore fishing boats, along with all other types of sea-going vessel, will have to carry 620 items of medical equipment, at a cost of up to £1,800, due to a new EU Directive. Furthermore some of these drugs, such as insulin, can only be used on shore under proper medical supervision.
The Sunday Telegraph, pp26 and 30, 11 and 18 December 1994)

This is not true. The relevant EU Directive (29/92/EEC, 31.3.92) actually classifies ships into three categories, with the required amounts of medical items varying accordingly. Thus the smallest inshore fishing boat would need no more than 18 different treatments, and this does not include insulin.

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