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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety




Updated on 06/09/2013

ANSES hosts the next Modernet network meeting

From 16/10/2013 to 18/10/2013

Place : Maisons-Alfort - France

Public : Closed

ANSES hosts the next Modernet network meeting

Following Italy, Belgium, the UK and Romania, it is now France's turn to host the next meeting of the the members of Modernet's European network, on October 16-18, 2013.
Modernet is an acronym which stands for Monitoring trends in Occupational Diseases and new and Emerging occupational Risks NETwork. It is a network of experts in the field of occupational pathologies which aims to promote vigilance in occupational health on a supra-national level.  One of Modernet's principal tasks is to improve information exchange on occupational pathology reporting and methods of trend detection and analysis.
Currently financed by the European Union, Modernet is made up of academic and institutional occupational health experts from 16 European countries in addition to Australia.
As with other European projects, Modernet is based on four working groups, which each handle a different topic:

  • improving the quality of data collected on occupational pathologies,
  • the application of new techniques and methods for analysing occupational pathology time trends,
  • methods for detecting new occupational pathologies,
  • the dissemination of new knowledge on occupational pathologies.

Modernet's main priority is to promote collaborations with various European teams on the issue of health watch in the occupational health field. This involves sharing tools, consensus building, analysing compared data and encouraging member countries setting up surveillance networks to use tools as similar as possible to those already developed by the other member countries (ex.: THOR network in the UK,  rnv3p network in France) in order to facilitate compared analyses. 
During this three-day event, the joint projects by the four working groups will be presented (see programme).
Highlights of the three days will include presentations by Jorge Costa David of the European Commission and Elke Schneider of EU-OSHA. There will also be a presentation of the OccWatch project whose goal it is to ensure the capture and traceability of cases considered as potentially emergent in Modernet partner countries, and to summarise joint expertise initiatives to make them available.

This meeting is not open to the general public.