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Condom dimensions to be harmonised

Sunday, March 12th, 2000

… the EU … has decreed that condom dimensions should be harmonised across the seamless Continent.
The Independent on Sunday, page 25, 12 March 2000)

The EU is not involved in setting condom standards. The European Standardisation Committee (CEN) is a voluntary body made up of national standards agencies and affiliated industry/consumer organisations from nineteen European countries. It has nothing to do with the EU.

EU to push for standard condom size

Wednesday, October 19th, 1994

Myth: Brussels is set to produce a standard Euro condom, whilst refusing to implement the subsidiarity principle so that Member States can take into account the different national charactersistics of the male organ. The resultant compromise is simply not large enough to house British assets.
The Source: The Sun (19th October 1994)

Response: Any standardisation work in the area of condoms concentrates on quality and not on
length. In 1991 the European Commission did request CEN, the European standards body, to come up with European safety standards for condoms. However these were always intended to be voluntary, and as such derogations are really not necessary.

Fishing boats obliged to carry condoms

Monday, November 16th, 1992

Myth: Fishing boats are obliged to carry a minimum stock of 200 condoms to ensure that fishermen have “safe sex”.

Response: There is no EC directive that mentions this alleged obligation. However, from the 1 January 1995, a Council of Ministers Directive will make it compulsory to keep a certain number of medicines aboard ships to provide for the crews’ medical aid requirements.

Reminder: On 4.6.1991 the Health Council (ie Government Ministers) adopted an action plan for the period from 1991 to 1993 within the framework of the “Europe against AIDS” programme (Official Journal LI 75 of 4.7.1991). The programme foresees 10 or so priority actions such as informing the general public, educating young people, research and international cooperation. The priority action No 4, which is aimed at preventing the transmission of the HIV virus, makes provision for the adoption of measures designed to preserve and/or improve the quality of condoms, as well as to exchange information on the promotion of the use of condoms by the general public and by specified targeted groups. As far as the quality of condoms is concerned, the Commission has proposed a 5-page Directive, which covers hundreds of pharmaceutical products, so-called “medical devices”. The Directive specifies the essential requirements which must be observed in order to ensure that the products are safe and not harmful to people’s health. Condoms are one of them. Moreover, at the request of Health Ministers, the Commission has entrusted the European Committee for Standardization with the task of establishing voluntary safety standards for condoms. As far as the promotion of condoms for use by so-called risk-groups is concerned, the 12 Member States have confined themselves to informing each other about their national initiatives.

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Please note that all statements in all entries were correct on the date of publication given. However, older archived posts are not systematically updated in the light of later developments, for example changes to EU law.

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