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IFEH Regional Groups

The left menu shows the four IFEH regional groups. Click on the one of interest to find more information.

One reason for establishing the International Federation of Environmental Health was the understanding that environmental health issues do not recognise man made boundaries, and that countries which are geographically contiguous, or are in close proximity, may have common problems some of which may be unique to the Region

The Federation Council made an early decision that Member organisations should also be part of a Regional Group and, now, a Regional organisation is in being through which Member bodies may consult together and consider common problems.

The Regional Groups are required to comply with the Federations policies and report their deliberations to the Council.

They may report difficulties and problems to the Council for resolution,and may also study issues referred from the Council.

It was at first intended that the Regional Groups would encompass only full Members, but groups have recognised the interest of Associate and Academic Associate Members, and, as they also have expert knowledge and research facilities, it is now the practice to consider them as being integral parts of the Regional Groups.

Although the system has been devised to take account of geographical location, groups have expressed the need to undertake some activities in common with another group. The composition of a Group is not necessarily static and may be changed as circumstances alter.

Organisation of the
regional groups

The Regional Groups are responsible to the Federation Council, they operate administratively on conventional lines but, with the exception of issues referred to them by the Council, they are themselves responsible for fixing meetings and making appropriate arrangements.

The Groups are Africa, The Americas, Europe (EFEH), Asia & Pacific and Middle East. The regional groups are constituted as set out in the  table (seen when you click the left items) in which the name of the Member's countries are used and the names of the individual Associate and Academic Associate Members.