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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.

Electronic cigarettes: which inhaled substances should be monitored as a priority?

Electronic cigarettes have been widely adopted by part of the population, yet the health risks potentially associated with the inhalation of the substances emitted by these devices have yet to be assessed in detail. ANSES has drawn up a list of substances to be studied as a priority in order to assess the risks associated with their inhalation.

Prioritising substances, an essential first step in risk assessment

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