ANSES presents its 2014 work schedule
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News of 13/02/2014
Today ANSES presents its 2014 work schedule, established following consultations with the ministries and stakeholders. In the wake of a particularly active year in 2013 – bisphenol A, radiofrequencies, energy drinks, worker exposure to bitumen, etc. –, in 2014 the Agency will be highlighting risk assessment work specifically focussing on children, as well as on the issue of exposure to pesticides by agricultural workers and those residing or working in close proximity to pesticide sources. In additions to these priorities, ANSES will remain committed to all of the major health issues, and will publish numerous studies this year on topics including nanomaterials, endocrine disruptors, nutrition, etc.
Through its integrated approach to risk assessment, ANSES takes into account the exposures of various population groups (workers, citizens, consumers) in a cross-cutting and all-encompassing way which enables it to assess risks so as to reflect as closely as possible the realities of everyday life.
Two priorities for 2014
Certain population groups are particularly vulnerable to substances found in the environment, foods and consumer goods. This is especially true for children, and this is why in 2014 ANSES has decided to emphasise work specifically concerning the risks to which children may be exposed: risks linked to the use of wireless electronic devices (baby monitors, tablet computers, 3D game consoles, walkie-talkies, etc.), chemicals in toys, the composition of foods for very young children, and the contaminants they are likely to be exposed to through their diet. All of these topics will be the subject of concentrated efforts by the Agency's experts, in order to effectively protect this susceptible population.
ANSES will also continue to concentrate on the issue of exposure to pesticides by agricultural workers and individuals residing or working in close proximity to pesticide sources. In 2014, the Agency will publish several opinions and reports on the characterisation of these exposures, as well as on the effectiveness of personal protection equipment and clothing. These reports will be based on work by an expert group in charge of improving knowledge of actual exposure to pesticides, in addition to work conducted within the European regulatory framework and the results of a recent collective expert assessment by INSERM.
Everyday protection and keeping one step ahead
In addition to these two priorities, the Agency will continue to reinforce the methods for detecting chemicals and pathogens throughout the entire food chain. It will also publish new expert assessment results on the risks of nanomaterials, endocrine disruptors, antimicrobial resistance, bee health, air quality, etc.