ANSES and INRA sign a framework cooperation agreement
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News of 27/02/2013
On 27 February 2013, Marc Mortureux, Director General of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), and François Houllier, President of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) signed a framework agreement aiming to reinforce the ties which already link these two major players in the areas of agriculture and agri-food. In addition to joint initiatives which have been in place for many years, four new cooperation topics are currently being implemented: bee health, the nutritional quality of food, a study of resistance to antibiotics and plant protection products, and plant health.
ANSES and INRA have developed numerous partnerships over the years in the areas of animal health, plant health and food safety. These partnerships take a variety of forms:
- Expertise, with the participation of numerous INRA research scientists in the expert groups set up by ANSES, namely in the areas of plant health, animal health, food and nutritional safety, biotechnologies, and the assessment of plant protection products.
- Research, with joint research units (UMR), mutually-funded PhD grants and numerous projects supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR), EU funding and local authorities.
- Technological platforms reciprocally available to the research teams of both organisations.
In addition, INRA is one of the key players in the "R31" network which ANSES runs in its field of expertise for work on health topics by research and public health organisations in the network.
In the frame of this new agreement, cooperative ventures will be developed in the following four areas:
- Bee health, with a study of the multi-factorial causes of the mortality phenomena which has been observed over a number of years, with a view to consolidating partnerships between the INRA research centres, namely those of the PACA region, and ANSES's European Union Reference Laboratory in Sophia Antipolis.
- The nutritional quality of food, in the framework of the French Observatory of Food Quality (OQALI) jointly implemented by ANSES and INRA for the Ministries of agriculture, health and consumer affairs. This entity is now part of the new monitoring system created by a decree issued by these same ministries. One of its main goals is to quantitatively evaluate the efforts made by manufacturers to improve the nutritional quality of food, and the impact of commitment charters signed by manufacturers and industry professionals in favour of improvement of the nutritional properties of marketed products.
- The study of phenomena of resistance to antibiotics and to plant protection products based on data supplied by the surveillance networks set up and improved understanding of animal husbandry and crop-growing practices.
- Plant health, with the characterisation of emerging plant pests and the study of factors promoting their settlement and spread throughout crops and on uncultivated lands.
Create on 1 July 2010, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) is responsible for developing detection and control capacities throughout the food production chain and assessing microbiological, chemical and physical risks for human, animal and plant health. Its activities are based on independent, pluralistic expertise with the support of external expert committees and laboratories. It fulfils its missions thanks to the scientific output generated by its monitoring, research and reference activities, resulting in the drafting of opinions and recommendations for use by the public authorities.
The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) is a public institute for scientific research under the supervision of two French ministries, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Agri-food and Forestry. As Europe’s leading agricultural research institute, ranking second world-wide, it conducts research into three major societal topics: food, agriculture and the environment.
The public authorities, agricultural and industrial sectors, and citizen and consumer groups play a key role in its policy, monitoring and research promotion initiatives. Thus, INRA's partnership policy is an active one which includes a wide range of socio-economic players: businesses, farming cooperatives, local governments and national public authorities, which request scientific expertise from INRA on the national, European and international levels.