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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

ANSES Annual reports

ANSES 2016 Annual Reports

After being entrusted with new missions in 2015, namely the issuing of marketingauthorisations for plant protection products, fertilisers and growing media and theestablishment of the phytopharmacovigilance scheme, 2016 alsoproved to be an eventfulyear with further additions to the Agency’s missions, confirming the breadth of itsresponsibilities.

The first change, on 1 January, was the transfer of the national toxicovigilance scheme,based on coordination of the Poison Control and Monitoring Centres (CAP-TVs) previouslyrun by the National Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS). On 1 July, this was followedby transfer to ANSES of responsibility for issuing marketing authorisations for biocidalproducts, provided for under the «DADDUE» Act of December 2015, and the strengtheningof the missions of our reference laboratories in the field of health surveillance, in accordancewith the provisions of the Act on the future of agriculture of October 2014.

To this can be added, in the framework of European Directive 2014/40/EU on tobaccoproducts, following promulgation of the order of transposition of August 2016, responsibilityfor the management of declarations relating to products derived from tobacco and productsused with electronic cigarettes, and the implementation of this new control mission, whichwill lead us to broaden our surveillance to include these products.

In 2016, ANSES therefore had three major areas of activity covering a constantly expandingfield. This field includes human health, the risks to which each of us can be exposed in ourdaily environment or our diet, animal health and welfare, and plant health, all integral partsof our environment. ANSES identifies with the UN’s «One Health» initiative, and promotesan integrated approach to health as an answer to the globalisation of health risks. Thisapproach perfectly illustrates our mission: that of global vigilance to reduce risk. Our abilityto anticipate crises and health risks, together with our independence, is the best guaranteethat our fellow citizens will continue to have confidence in the credibility of our work.

In a globalised world in which health risks and their implications are constantly increasing,while public opinion can sometimes underrate these risks through habit or the pace ofchanging media attention, with each crisis rapidlyreplaced by the next, it is my intentionthat the Agency should use vigilance and anticipation as the keys to risk prevention, inaccordance with its motto: «Investigate, evaluate, protect».

Roger Genet
Director General