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ANSES launches Pesti’home, a study of domestic uses of pesticides

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News of 01/07/2014

The 3 July 2014 will see the launch of the national Pesti’home study, conducted by the French Observatory for Pesticide Residues (ORP), part of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES). The aim of this study is to gain a better understanding of domestic uses of products designed to eliminate pests in and around the home. It is the first study on this topic to cover the entire country, concerning the population living in mainland France. The results of this study will help better assess exposure of the French population to pesticides, alongside existing studies on exposure via food and professional use of these products.

 

Why conduct the Pesti’home study?

The aim of the Pesti’home study, conducted by the French Observatory for Pesticide Residues, part of ANSES, is to better understand how the population living in France uses products designed to eliminate pests from the home as well as outside the house (courtyard, patio, façade, garden, vegetable patch, etc.). Products used to treat pets against ticks, fleas, etc. are also concerned. These products are all covered by regulations on plant protection products, biocides and veterinary medicinal products.

This study is being funded by the Ministries for Ecology, Health and Agriculture, as part of the Ecophyto plan. It will help define the public health priorities for reducing population exposure to pesticides. This study addresses one of the recommendations of the INSERM collective expert appraisal on pesticides and their health effects, published in June 2013.

 

Who is taking part in Pesti’home and how?

The Pesti’home study will take place in 150 municipalities selected from across mainland France. Households in these municipalities have been selected at random to take part in the study, which will start on 3 July 2014 and continue until October 2014. A total of 1500 households will take part.

Therefore, from 3 July, if your home has been chosen, you will receive a letter from ANSES inviting you to participate in this scientific study. In this case, you will be contacted by an investigator from GfK-ISL, the company commissioned by ANSES, who will explain the study in more detail.

If you agree to participate, you can help the investigator identify the products used in your home and describe how you use them. All the data collected will be kept strictly confidential. Your participation is voluntary, but your answers are very valuable: the more households participate in this study, the more its scientific quality can be guaranteed.