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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Limiting exposure to chemical substances

The air we breathe, the food we eat, and the products that we handle in our daily lives lead to exposure to chemical substances that may be harmful for health. The public authorities therefore determine risk management values that are not to be exceeded. These values can apply to the general population or to specific populations, particularly in the occupational sphere.

These management values are based on reference values associated exclusively with health criteria. ANSES determines and recommends these reference values, which take into account both in vitro and in vivo studies, as well as available epidemiological data. Find out more about all the substances the Agency is working on and their associated reference values.

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