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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

The 2017 ANSES Annual Report is now available !

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News of 02/08/2018

At a time when its responsibilities are being extended, ANSES is consolidating its position as a protector of public health. With a field of action that covers all the risks to which the population may be exposed on a daily basis, the Agency confirms its scientific expertise capability and its mission to assess risks in situations of uncertainty. A new five-year goals and performance contract with the State, numerous studies and contributions to public debate on food quality, the health impact of chemical substances, the strengthening of health monitoring missions, the involvement of laboratories in the management of health crises – the Report reviews all the highlights and activities of the Agency’s year.

ANSES was involved in a number of major events in 2017. France's national consultation on the food sector was an opportunity to reiterate the importance of the quality of our food and the challenges facing tomorrow's agriculture. New questions and controversies were in the headlines, especially concerning endocrine disruptors, pesticides and nanomaterials, giving rise to ever higher expectations from society.

At a time when its scope of action is being extended, the Agency’s organisation was modified to enable greater synergy between its research, reference, risk assessment, monitoring and vigilance missions. Furthermore, ANSES signed a new goals and performance contract (COP) (pdf, in French) setting its priorities for the period 2018-2022. Its expertise capability, over such a broad field of risk, gives the Agency a central position that enhances its risk assessment activities and its ability to anticipate threats, enabling it to respond more efficiently in the event of a health crisis.

In 2017, the Agency and its 850 external scientific experts helped achieve some important results: recognition of the endocrine-disrupting properties of bisphenol A at European level, new recommendations for occupational exposure limits, new and renewed reference mandates for its laboratories, encouraging results concerning the exposure of animals to antibiotics, and the updating of food consumption guidelines for the French population.

In 2017, ANSES continued to strengthen its capacity to anticipate emerging risks in order to issue alerts and implement appropriate actions. The ramp-up of the phytopharmacovigilance system and the launch of Vigil'Anses, a new digital newsletter dedicated to vigilance activities, illustrate the Agency's dynamic approach to health monitoring. The establishment of a platform for dialogue on plant protection products will also enable the Agency to maintain close contact with all its stakeholders.

By becoming more involved in networks of partners of excellence and by increasing the number of partnerships at European and international level, ANSES is strengthening its role as a major player in Europe and the world. One example of this is the Agency’s mission to coordinate the European Joint Programme (EJP) on One Health, which brings together more than 40 partners from 19 Member States.

To learn more about all ANSES's missions, the Agency's Annual Report is available online, together with specific annual reports on plant protection and biocidal products.