An error slipped into the article entitled ‘Orphacol: EP asks Commission for explanations’, published in the 25 June issue (4450) of
Europolitics. It states that “on 8 May, in its third attempt, the Commission finally succeeded in convincing a qualified majority of states in the board to reject marketing authorisation”. In fact, the member states failed to build a qualified majority at the board meeting against the Commission’s decision to refuse marketing authorisation for orphacol. In the absence of opposition, the Commission is entitled to adopt its decision. In the two previous votes, in the first board and then in the appeal committee, the member states rejected the draft decision by a qualified majority.