Inquiry: Respect for religious and philosophical beliefs while eating in care

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism provides a forum for discussing issues around vegetarianism and veganism. The group is funded by The Vegan Society and Vegetarian for Life. The Vegan Society serves as secretariat.

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Out of the EU, can the UK now lead on more inclusive medicine development and labelling?

April 26, 2021 2:00 pm

Research published in the British Medical Journal found that most (74 out of 100) medications prescribed in UK primary care contain animal-derived products. The lack of requirements for clear labelling of medicines means that those taking them, and healthcare professionals prescribing them, are often unsure about their animal-derived ingredients.

Not only is this a matter of respect and inclusion for people with ethical and religious beliefs, but it is also essential for maintaining trust in medicines and avoiding issues of non-adherence to medical prescriptions. The prevalence of veganism and vegetarianism has continued to increase over the past few years and this issue also impacts many religious groups in the UK, so it has implications for a large, and growing, section of the British public.

In 2017, the VegAPPG sent a letter to then Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, which requested that the Department of Health looks at bringing forward more animal-free alternatives to existing prescription drugs, producing guidance for medical practitioners about consent when using animal-based medicines, and guidance for medicine manufacturers in relation to labelling.

The response we received pointed to the UK’s status as a full member of the EU and the need to avoid setting out unilateral negotiating positions in the area of medicines. Now that negotiations are concluded and the UK has left the EU (including the European Medicines Agency) we’re raising this issue again.

Alongside MPs we’ll be inviting people who have particular interest in this area, those who have been impacted by the issue before, and medical professionals who would like to learn more. If you would like more information about this event, or would like to attend, get in touch at VegAPPG@vegansociety.com

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We very much welcome attendees with an interest in vegetarianism, veganism, or special diets; public health; the environment; and animal welfare. Meetings will usually take the form of presentations by speakers and then a Q&A with the floor. However, parliamentarians do have priority in asking questions.

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We hope that meetings will be attended by a range of parliamentarians and stakeholders. Potential topics for discussion include food and medicine labelling, vegetarianism and veganism as protected beliefs, impact of diet on climate change, and institutional catering provisions. This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these web pages are those of the group.

Officers

  • Baroness Hussein-Ece – Vice-Chair
  • Kerry McCarthy MP – Vice-Chair
  • Henry Smith MP – Vice-Chair
  • Alex Sobel MP – Vice-Chair
  • Thangham Debbonaire MP

Chair

  • Christina Rees MP

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Joint letters to George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, from the officers of the APPG

11th February 2021

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Is food security an issue for vegetarians and vegans?

7th December 2020

via Zoom video-conferencing

Minutes

Veganism in the workplace

8th September 2020

via Zoom video-conferencing

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Inquiry: Respect for religious and philosophical beliefs while eating in care

28th January 2020

Portcullis House

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Annual General Meeting Jan 2020

28th January 2020

Houses of Parliament

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Veggie Vurger, anyone? EU proposal to restrict plant-based descriptions

17th July 2019

Houses of Parliament

Documents from the meeting

Annual General Meeting July 2019

17th July 2019

Houses of Parliament

Documents from the meeting

Eating away at climate change with negative emissions: Repurposing UK agricultural land to meet climate goals

1st May 2019

A celebration of the growth of veganism and the vegan market

9th January 2019

Houses of Parliament

Joint letter to Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, from the officers of the APPG

5th December 2018

Documents from the meeting

Public procurement: do public authorities have a duty to supply vegan food?

16th October 2018

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Is it time for a legal definition of veganism?

18th July 2018

Houses of Parliament

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Joint letter to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, from the officers of the APPG

5th April 2018

Documents from the meeting

A celebration of the growth of veganism and the vegan market

17th January 2018

Houses of Parliament

The environmental impact of livestock farming

17th October 2017

Houses of Parliament

Documents from the meeting

Annual General Meeting Jul 2017

17th July 2017

Minutes of AGM July 2017

Joint letter to Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, from the officers of the APPG

28th February 2017

Documents from the meeting

Annual General Meeting Jan 2017

18th January 2017

Minutes of AGM January 2017

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