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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

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.

The fight against COVID-19 should not be allowed to overshadow the risks associated with the dengue epidemics occurring in the French overseas territories

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Directorate General for Health made an urgent request to ANSES to assess the benefit-risk ratio of maintaining the vector control (VC) practices usually implemented against dengue and other endemic diseases spread by mosquitoes. This is because the measures taken against COVID-19 have tended to restrict the actions of professionals and the population, despite the fact that certain parts of the French overseas ...

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Published on 20/05/2020

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