07/09/2022

OELs, post-assessment consultation

Collecting all the scientific data required for assessment

One of the main missions of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) is to contribute to health and safety in the workplace. In this context, ANSES has been entrusted by the Ministry of Labour to organise independent and collective scientific expert assessments in order to set occupational exposure limits (OELs) based on health criteria for chemical substances.

The Agency has set up a consultation phase for the expert assessment report projects of its Expert Committee on "Expert appraisal for recommending occupational exposure limits for chemical agents" (OEL Expert Committee).

Collecting all the scientific data required for assessment

One of the main missions of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) is to contribute to health and safety in the workplace. In this context, ANSES has been entrusted by the Ministry of Labour to organise independent and collective scientific expert assessments in order to set occupational exposure limits (OELs) based on health criteria for chemical substances.

The Agency has set up a consultation phase for the expert assessment report projects of its Expert Committee on "Expert appraisal for recommending occupational exposure limits for chemical agents" (OEL Expert Committee).

Objectives of the consultation

The aim of this public consultation phase is to enable interested parties to share their comments regarding the scientific data collected for and used in the expertise work, and to express their positions regarding application of the available data by the OEL Expert Committee, prior to publication of the Agency's finalised reports and opinions.
This will enable ANSES to:
  • identify any important publications or scientific data that were not taken into account;
  • collect any comments on the interpretation of the available data;
  • collect any information that might help improve and develop the methodology used by the Agency for establishing and measuring occupational exposure limits for chemicals.

Public consultation submission instructions

The interested parties must use the e-mail address specifically created for each expert assessment. Documents sent by the postal service will not be accepted.

Please identify yourself at the beginning of your message (last name, first name and position / job title) as well as the organisation you are representing for this consultation submission if you are not submitting data in a personal capacity.

Please clearly identify the page numbers and line numbers concerned by your comments and remarks.

Comments and remarks will not be taken into consideration if:

  • they are submitted after the deadline set for the consultation period;

  • they do not refer to the content of the documents used for the consultation;

  • they involve political or risk management issues, which fall outside of the field of this work;

  • they contain complaints against institutions, personal accusations or irrelevant or offensive declarations;

Dossiers currently in public consultation phase:

  • OEL request 2012-SA-0073:

OEL request 2021-MPEX-0138 on the evaluation of biomarkers and recommendation for biological limit values for dimethylformamide (CAS 68-12-2):

Collective expert appraisal: summary and conclusions regarding the expert appraisal on the evaluation of biomarkers of exposure and recommendation for diméthylformamide (DMF)   (n° CAS 68-12-2)

This document has been drawn up, on the basis of the assessment previously carried out as part of the HBM4EU research program, for the recommendation of biological values ​​for DMF in the workplace (available on the following link: Deliverables – HBM4EU – science and policy for a healthy future), part V, pp. 268 sqq)

Submissions must be sent, by mail, before 07 October 2022: Mail to consultationvlep.ibedmf@anses.fr