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FRENCH SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (SFSE)
A French approach to environmental health
Environmental Health in France is under the responsibility of 5 Ministries : Health, Agriculture, Environment, Labor and Consumer Affairs. The main task is assigned to the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), a public authority whose missions, established by a Ministerial Order of January 2010, include risk assessment in the fields of food, environment and workplace. It undertakes independent and pluralistic scientific expert assessments, in order to contribute to the protection of human health with respect to the environment, the workplace and food. It also contributes to protecting the health and welfare of animals, ensuring plant health, and evaluating the nutritional and functional characteristics of food, and performs missions regarding veterinary medicinal products. In order to fulfill its missions, ANSES has set up and coordinates a network of 31 scientific organizations, that work in the Agency's field of expertise. Among them are agencies for “Environment and Energy Management”, “Health Products Safety”, “Geological and Mining Research”, “Agricultural Research”, “ Construction”, “Atomic Energy” “ Public Health Surveillance”, “Exploitation of the Sea”, “transportation, planning and networks technology”, “ Industrial Environment and Risks”, “Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety” “ Metrology and Testing”, “Water and Aquatic Environments”. The relations between the Agency and these institutions and organizations are established through binding agreements.
The organization, management and implementation of food control involve three national administrations: the “Directorate General of Food”, the Directorate General for “Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control”, and the “Directorate General for Health”. Regional offices of the three directorates control compliance under the authority of Region Prefects.
Water quality, air pollution, infectious diseases or noise are controlled by the competent ministries, with regional delegations : Regional Health Agencies and Environmental Bureaus, in cooperation with Region Prefects, who guarantee the development and follow-up of public health policies.
Creation of SFSE
SFSE was created in 2008 as a non-profit organization, at the initiative of researchers and professionals of environmental health. At the crossroads of disciplines as different as toxicology, chemistry, medicine, human and social sciences, law and management, environmental health is a field that cannot do without a global approach. SFSE’s ambition is to be the place where knowledge, knowhow and information can combine.
SFSE is a scientific society with an extended mission:
It is constituted with 12 elected members. It deliberates on general orientations, relations with other societies, with scientific world, with media and with financial supporters.
The Executive Board is taking operational decisions. It is composed of:
Scientific work of SFSE is relying on five sections :
SFSE is keen to maintain diversity and balance in supporting its activities, in order to ensure the independence of its decisions and positions :
Contribution to research
Public information is at the center of SFSE’s concern. It is necessary to free oneself as much as possible from a priori convictions and influences which alter data analysis and the understanding of the phenomenon under study.
Contribution to training in environmental health
SFSE is engaged, in partnership with non-governmental organizations and public institutions, in training and education on environmental health at all levels.
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