Health Publishes Celiac Disease - Full Text Of The Norm

Original Language Title: SALUD PUBLICA ENFERMEDAD CELIACA - Texto completo de la norma

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PUBLICA HEALTH

Law 26.588

Health care, clinical and epidemiological research, vocational training in early detection, diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease are described in national interest.

Sanctioned: December 2, 2009

Cast: December 29, 2009

The Senate and Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Nation assembled in Congress, etc. sanction with force

Law:

ARTICLE 1 O
Health care, clinical and epidemiological research, professional training in early detection, diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease, dissemination and access to gluten-free foods are described in national interest.

ARTICLE 2 O
The authority to implement this law shall be the Ministry of Health of the Nation.

ARTICLE 3o O
The application authority must determine the amount of wheat gluten, oats, barley or rye (TACC) containing by unit of measure the food products to be classified gluten free.

To the extent that the detection techniques permit the application authority will fix the gradual decrease in toxicity.

ARTICLE 4o O
Food products that are commercialized in the country, and that comply with the provisions of Article 3 of this Law, must be printed in their packaging or packaging, in a clearly visible way, the legend "Gluten Free" and the symbol established by the authority of application.

ARTICLE 5o O
The Ministry of Health must keep a record of food products that are commercialized in the country and that comply with the provisions of article 3 of this Act, which will update on a bimonthly basis and publish once a year, by means determined by the implementing authority.

ARTICLE 6o O
The implementing authority should promote compliance with the conditions of good manufacturing practices for the development and control of food products that are commercialized in the country and that comply with the provisions of Article 3 of this Law, coordinating actions with the brotheltology laboratories.

ARTICLE 7o O
Producers and importers of foodstuffs for celiacs must credit for their marketing in the country the status of "Gluten Free", as provided for in Article 3.

ARTICLE 8o O
Producers, importers or any other natural or legal person who commercializes foodstuffs that comply with the provisions of Article 3, must disseminate, publish or promote them by accompanying to publicity or dissemination the legend "Gluten Free". If the form of diffusion, advertising or promotion allows it, the legend must be informed visually and soundly.

ARTICLE 9o O
The social works under Laws 23,660 and 23.661, the social work of the Judiciary of the Nation, the Directorate of Social Assistance for the Staff of the Congress of the Nation, the prepaid medical entities and the entities that pay attention to the staff of the universities, as well as all those agents who provide medical services to their affiliates regardless of the legal figure they possess, must provide free coverage of gluten,

implementation.

ARTICLE 10.
The Ministry of Social Development should promote agreements with the jurisdictional authorities, for the provision of gluten-free flours and premixtures to all persons with celiac disease who are not covered by article 9 of this Act, as provided by the regulations.

ARTICLE 11.
The Ministry of Health, in coordination with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation and the universities of the National University System, should promote research on celiacs, in order to improve methods for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease. The Ministry of Health, in coordination with the Ministry of Education, should develop outreach programmes in the educational spheres, in order to promote awareness of celiacs and relevant national public bodies to promote incentive measures for access to gluten-free food.

ARTICLE 12.
The Executive Power must adapt the provisions of the Argentine Food Code to the provisions of this Act within 90 days of its official publication.

ARTICLE 13.
The following conducts shall be considered offences under this Act:

(a) The impression of the legend "Gluten Free" in packaging or packaging of food products that do not comply with the provisions of Article 3 of this Law;

(b) Failure to comply with good manufacturing practices established for the development and control of food products that are traded in the country and that comply with Article 3;

(c) Any form of dissemination, advertising or promotion as "Gluten Free", of foodstuffs that do not comply with Article 3;

(d) The lack of full or partial benefit of the assistance coverage provided for in Article 9 by the above-mentioned entities;

(e) The concealment or denial of information required by the enforcement authority in its control function;

(f) Actions or omissions to any of the obligations established, committed in violation of this law and its regulations not mentioned in the preceding paragraphs.

ARTICLE 14.
Offences to this Act shall be punishable by:

(a) Perception;

(b) Publication of the resolution that provides for punishment in a medium of mass dissemination, as determined by regulation;

(c) A fine that must be updated by the national executive branch on an annual basis according to the official price index of the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses ,INDEC,, from pesos a thousand ($1.000) to pesos a million ($1.000.000), which can be increased to the decuplo in case of recidivism;

(d) Suspension of the establishment by the end of up to one (1) year;

(e) Closure of the establishment of one (1) to five (5) years; and

(f) Suspension of advertising until its adequacy with the provisions of this law.

These sanctions shall be regulated in a gradual and cumulative manner, taking into account the circumstances of the case, the nature and gravity of the offence, the background of the offender and the injury caused, without prejudice to other administrative, civil and criminal responsibilities, to which there is room. The proceeding of fines shall be used for the dissemination and training campaigns set out in this Act.

ARTICLE 15.
The authority for the application of this law must establish the administrative procedure to apply in its jurisdiction for the investigation of alleged offences, ensuring the right of defence of the alleged offender and other constitutional guarantees. It is empowered to promote the coordination of this role with the national public bodies involved in their areas covered by this law and with the jurisdictions they have acceded to. It may also delegate to the jurisdictions that have acceded to the proceedings to give rise to the offences envisaged and to grant them representation in the handling of the judicial remedies against the sanctions imposed. Exhausted the administrative channel shall proceed to appeal in judicial headquarters directly to the Federal Appeals Chamber with jurisdiction in the place of the act. The remedies against the implementation of the envisaged sanctions will have a devolutionary effect. For substantial reasons, in order to avoid an irreparable levy to the person concerned or to safeguard third parties, the remedy may be granted with suspensive effect.

ARTICLE 16.
Invite the provinces and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires to accede to this law.

ARTICLE 17.
Acts 24,827 and 24,953 are repealed.

ARTICLE 18.
Contact the national executive branch.

IN THE SESSION OF THE ARGENTINE CONGRESS, IN GOOD AIRES, TO THE TWO DAYS OF THE TWO YEAR TWO MIL NEW.

EL REGISTRATION BAJO #26,588 EL

JOSE J. B. PAMPURO. EDUARDO A. FELLNER. . Enrique Hidalgo. . Juan H. Estrada.