There are different
categories of waters intended for human consumption and natural
mineral waters are just one of them.
Natural mineral waters are characterised
by their purity at source and their constant level of minerals.
Directive N° 80/777/EEC,
amended by Directive N° 96/70/EC,
defines the provisions applicable to the marketing and exploitation
of natural mineral waters.
of 16 May 2003 establishing the list, concentration limits
and labelling requirements for the constituents of natural
mineral waters and the conditions for using ozone-enriched
air for the treatment of natural mineral waters and spring
Natural mineral waters are subject to
an authorisation procedure carried out by the competent authorities
of the EU member states or by European Economic Area (EEA)
SCADPlus : Legislation on natural mineral waters.
of natural mineral waters
officially recognised by the
member states of the EU (as of 18 July 2002) and of the EEA (
are published by the European Commission in the Official
Journal of the European Communities. These lists are regularly
updated on this page.