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Created on 1 July 2010, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) is a public scientific body active in the fields of food safety, occupational and environmental health, animal health and wellbeing, and plant health, reporting to the Ministries in charge of Health, Agriculture, the Environment, Labour and Consumer Affairs.
ANSES’s core activity is to conduct independent and pluralistic expert assessments in order to evaluate health risks and provide the competent authorities with all the necessary measures to preserve public health.
The Agency also assesses the effectiveness and risks of veterinary medicinal products, plant protection products, fertilisers, growing media and their adjuvants, as well as biocides, with a view to delivering marketing authorisations.
Through its surveillance, expert appraisal, research and reference activities, ANSES fully addresses all the risks (microbiological, physical and chemical) to which a person may be exposed, intentionally or otherwise, at all stages of life, whether in the workplace, while travelling, during leisure time, or through diet. Its work is based on the implementation of independent and pluralistic scientific expert assessment by expert groups made up of external scientists.
In the areas of food safety, animal health and plant health, ANSES has 11 reference and research laboratories that have European and international recognition.
The Agency’s laboratories are acknowledged for their work in various fields and disciplines: epidemiology, bacteriology, antimicrobial resistance, virology, parasitology, mycology, toxins, physical and chemical contaminants, animal welfare, etc. In addition to research and reference activities, their missions include epidemiological surveillance, alerts notification and scientific and technical advice.
ANSES laboratories hold over 60 national reference laboratory mandates (NRL) and more than 20 reference laboratory and collaborating centre mandates at the European (EURL) and international levels, for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). These reference mandates acknowledge the ability of our laboratories to develop new methods of diagnosis and analysis and also to validate and transfer them to all accredited laboratories to ensure that health inspections throughout France are performed under controlled and uniform conditions. Our laboratories also develop epidemiological surveillance systems and cooperate in investigations following outbreaks of epidemics in Europe and around the world.
The “One Health” concept lies at the heart of ANSES missions as many of the institution’s departments work on cross-cutting issues as illustrated by the work conducted in its laboratories, as well as in its risk assessment department, on infectious animal diseases be they viral, epizootic, bacterial or parasitic diseases, and especially those that can be transmitted from animals to humans known as zoonoses, via livestock or wildlife. This is also true for antimicrobial resistance where ANSES teams conduct research, coordinate surveillance networks, monitor sales of veterinary antimicrobials, assess the uses of antibiotics, conduct studies on practices within the sector, and perform risk assessment.
ANSES is involved in numerous partnerships and various national, European and international research programmes. ANSES is currently leading the “One Health EJP”.
Institute contacts Name Contact email Representative Arnaud Callegari firstname.lastname@example.org Support Team Leader Christophe Cordevant email@example.com Institute Representative Gilles Salvat firstname.lastname@example.org Scientific Representative
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