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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

ANSES 2015 Annual Report available online

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News of 16/06/2016

Enlargement of its field of competence, rapid mobilisation of scientists to respond to different health events, numerous publications – 2015 was a particularly busy year for ANSES. The Agency's Annual Report is now available online, along with the first report devoted to its activities in the field of plant protection products, adjuvants, fertilisers and growing media, monitoring of the risks associated with these products, especially in the framework of the phytopharmacovigilance scheme, and biocidal products.

The year 2015, which also marked the Agency's fifth anniversary, was a major turning point for ANSES in the area of plant health. From 1 July of that year, the Act on the future of agriculture, food and forests transferred to the Agency responsibility for issuing, withdrawing and amending marketing authorisations for plant protection products, fertilisers and growing media, and their adjuvants.

In addition, the Agency was entrusted with the task of setting up a phytopharmacovigilance scheme, designed to reinforce the monitoring process following marketing authorisation for these products.These new missions required ANSES to implement major changes, in order to maintain constant dialogue, transparency and independence.

Beyond the plant health field, the Agency's dynamism was apparent throughout the year in the numerous studies undertaken in every aspect of its field of competence. Risks related to the consumption of insects as food, exposure to silver nanoparticles, nutritional labelling, risks for workers exposed to air pollution in underground railway areas, the effects of cleavage fragments on the health of workers,  prevention of microbiological risk and how best to inform consumers, are a few examples of the work published by the Agency in 2015.

But 2015 was also marked by a succession of events in animal and plant health for which the Agency mobilised its emergency resources: avian influenza in south-west France, the re-emergence of serotype 8 of the bluetongue virus, and detection of outbreaks of Xylella fastidiosa in Corsica.

The 2015 Annual Report is available online, with much more about the highlights of the Agency's activities throughout the year. It also includes a report, which it is henceforth required to produce annually under the terms of Article L. 1313-3-1 of the French Public Health Code, devoted to the Agency's activities in the field of plant protection products, adjuvants, fertilisers and growing media, monitoring of the risks associated with these products, especially within the framework of the pharmacovigilance scheme, and biocidal products.