Federal Public Service Health

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The FPS Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment (Dutch: FOD Volksgezondheid, Veiligheid van de Voedselketen en Leefmilieu, French: SPF Santé publique, Sécurité de la Chaîne alimentaire et Environnement, German: FÖD Volksgesundheit, Sicherheit der Nahrungsmittelkette und Umwelt), more commonly known as the FPS Health, is a Federal Public Service of Belgium. It was created by Royal Order on May 23, 2001, as part of the plans of the Verhofstadt I Government to modernise the federal administration.

It is responsible for guaranteeing the public health, the safety of the food chain and a safe environment.


The FPS Health is currently organised into five Directorates-General:

  • The Directorate-General for Health Care Facilities Organisation
  • The Directorate-General for Primary Health Care & Crisis Management
  • The Directorate-General for Medicinal Products
  • The Directorate-General for Animals, Plants and Foodstuffs
  • The Directorate-General for Environment

It also comprises three scientific establishments:

  • The Center for Veterinary and Agrochemical Research
  • The Scientific Institute of Public Health
  • The Superior Health Council

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