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Environmental health

Health and the environment are closely related. ANSES assesses the impact of the environment on human health, so as to better identify health risks related to pollution in the living environment (air, water, soil) and to physical agents (electromagnetic fields and waves). ANSES also evaluates applications for the marketing of plant protections products, fertilisers, growing media and their adjuvants, and biocides, as well as chemicals within the framework of the European REACh regulations.

In application of the French law on the future of agriculture, food and forestry of 13 October 2014, ANSES is now in charge of marketing authorisations for plant protection products, fertilisers and growing media, and their adjuvants. Marketing authorisations for biocides are issued by the Ministry of Ecology.

The Agency covers a number of major issues (cancer and the environment, exposure to biological, chemical and physical agents, electromagnetic fields, etc.) in order to constantly provide society and the public authorities with the most recent scientific knowledge.

ANSES proposes an EU-wide restriction of hazardous chemicals in disposable diapers

Protecting the health of 90% of European children from birth to three years of age from exposure to hazardous substances: this is the aim of the restriction proposal concerning disposable diapers that ANSES has submitted under REACh, the European chemicals regulation. It seeks to minimise the presence in these items of almost 200 substances, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), dioxins, furans, PCBs and formaldehyde.

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