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ANSES presents its work priorities for 2015

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News of 05/03/2015

This year will be marked by a broadening of the Agency's field of competence with a new mission: the issuing of marketing authorisations for plant protection products, fertilisers and growing media, with effect from July 2015. Among the new challenges to be faced is the introduction of a specific vigilance scheme to ensure a rapid response in the event of an adverse impact of products in the field.

At the same time, faced with new product offers and consumption patterns, the Agency will continue its efforts to provide consumers and professionals with recommendations that are useful on a daily basis, regarding consumption of food supplements, allergens in food, the impact of electromagnetic waves and connected devices on the health of children, and the domestic use of biocidal products.

Lastly, ANSES will play an active role in the implementation of new government commitments in public health, such as assessment of endocrine disruptors, updating of nutritional guidelines or combating antimicrobial resistance.

New missions, expert appraisal work on all of its topics, the mobilisation of its surveillance and vigilance networks – these all ensure that the Agency continues to be of use to everyone in their daily lives. 


New missions, new challenges

Starting in July, the Agency will be given new responsibilities through the issuing of marketing authorisations for plant protection products, adjuvants,fertilisers and growing media, which were formerly the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture. This new mission comes with new challenges: to adopt an effective internal organisation that seeks to reconcile the independence of the scientific expertise with the management of authorisations; and to be able to detect signals from the field concerning the effects of authorised products. Within this framework, the Agency will be introducing a phytopharmacovigilance scheme to collect all available data on the impact of the use of products, on human health but also on fauna, flora and the various environmental compartments.

Besides this scheme, the Agency will continue to monitor the effects of pesticides on human health by initiating independent studies. The results of the expert appraisal on exposure of agricultural workers to pesticides, and the conclusions of the Pesti'home study on domestic uses of pesticides will also be available in 2015.


Surveillance and vigilance on the agenda for 2015

Surveillance and vigilance are at the heart of the Agency's activities. In this regard, expert appraisals are expected on, among other subjects, the consumption of food supplements causing adverse effects and reported in the context of the nutrivigilance scheme. The scientific report of the National Network for the Monitoring and Prevention of Occupational Diseases (RNV3P) is planned for the second half of 2015.

In the area of nutrition, three studies are in progress: the infant total diet study, which will improve understanding of the chemical contaminants to which children under three years of age are exposed via their diet; the third national survey of food consumption (INCA 3), whose results will enable the priorities of French nutrition policy to be pursued, modified or strengthened; and finally, in the framework of the French Observatory of Food Quality (OQALI), results are expected concerning food allergens.

In order to help consumers protect themselves against the risks associated with new product offers and consumption patterns, ANSES will also be publishing several expert reports on the potential impact of electromagnetic fields and connected devices on the health of children, and on the risks associated with the consumption of insects. Furthermore, today it is publishing the update to its assessment of the environmental and health risks associated with exposure to silver nanoparticles.


ANSES taking action in the context of new commitments by the State

ANSES is working to respond to the new commitments made by the government in the field of public health. Several major objectives announced in the Third National Environmental Health Action Plan (PNSE 3), the French Bill on public health, and the road map resulting from the Environmental Conference last November, are based on ANSES's expertise. Several opinions and reports are expected throughout the year, particularly in the field of environmental health, on endocrine disruptors, the quality of ambient air and indoor air, nanomaterials, electromagnetic fields, infrasounds, etc.

The detection of signs of emerging threats, the refinement of risk assessment and the desire to provide consumers and professionals with recommendations that are useful on a daily basis, will be the three guiding principles at ANSES for 2015.