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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.

Brevetoxins in shellfish: proposal of a guideline value to protect consumers

In 2018, for the first time, brevetoxins, a group of marine biotoxins, were detected in mussels in Corsica. If ingested by humans, these toxins can cause neurological, gastrointestinal and/or cardiovascular symptoms. Based on cases of food poisoning occurring in other countries, ANSES has proposed a guideline value to protect consumers of shellfish such as oysters and mussels. This work represents a major scientific breakthrough in the field of emerging toxins. ...

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Published on 13/04/2021

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UVs and health

Updated on 29/06/2017

Children, a susceptible population

Updated on 11/05/2017