The Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). A nuanced view by the British Medical Association

Much has been written in recent months about the currently negotiated Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TTIP) between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US). While proponents of TTIP praise the economic benefit for both EU and US, its critics fear negative impacts on health and social well-being due to a variety of aspects negotiated under the agreement. As the negotiations are being done largely behind closed doors, statements from both proponents and critics sometimes appear speculative and in some cases even populist. As the negotiations will enter the fourth round in March this year, questions about TTIPs potential economic and social impact remain. 

Yesterday, the British Medical Association (BMA) published a summary of health related points that may be affected by the TTIP. While still acknowledging the speculative nature of their opinions, their summary of issues still forms a balanced and more nuanced entry point for the discussion on TTIP's impact on health.  

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