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Research at ANSES

To identify hazards, their spread and their effects on living organisms, ANSES conducts research activities in three areas of key importance: animal health and welfare, plant health and food safety. It funds various projects, in particular as part of the National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health, which it coordinates. All of this knowledge and information provide input for health risk assessment activities.

To carry out these research missions, ANSES relies on a network of nine laboratories, spread out across 16 sites located throughout the country near the related production sectors and internationally recognised in several fields or disciplines.

Through their complementary reference, expert appraisal, epidemiological surveillance, alert and scientific and technical support missions, they play a key role in research and the development of knowledge on health hazards. The 600 scientists and technicians in this network of laboratories work to identify major pathogens in the areas of animal and plant health, develop methods for identifying biological, physical and chemical contaminants in food and water, and further knowledge on the characteristics of these pathogens and contaminants (virulence, toxicity, host-pathogen interactions, antimicrobial resistance, etc.).

Funding of research

ANSES coordinates the National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health (PNR EST), which funds research on environmental health risks, including occupational risks and risks to ecosystems. Every year, the Agency issues two calls for projects, including one on the theme of "radiofrequencies and health”. In total, around 40 projects are funded every year.

ANSES also funds work that is directly useful for its risk assessments, through research and development agreements, especially in the fields of human, economic and social sciences.