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Health

Health is a central requirement of human life and health protection is an important responsibility of economic activities and policies.

Health is determined by genetic conditions and lifestyle factors. It however, is also vulnerable to a variety of physical, chemical and biological environmental factors that can cause acute poisoning, communicable diseases, and chronic disorders. These include diseases important to public health such as allergies, impairment of the immune system, cancers, pulmonary or cardiovascular diseases, functional reproductive disorders or disturbance in neurodevelopment.

Besides the quality of environmental media, key factors in this context comprise working and living conditions, noise, traffic, radiation, nutrition, and income, climate change, eco-system quality, and sustainable use of natural resources.

Efficient health promotion hence requires coordinated action and cooperation of various areas of policy.

There are particularly close links between health and environmental protection. Occupational health and safety, educational and research policies, social and industrial policy however, are further important aspects to be considered at local, national, European and international level.

In order to enable efficient protection of citizens against health risks, there is need for reliable information and scientifically sound knowledge about the health status of the population, as well as on environmental impacts on health.

Our expertise:

In the Health Unit of BiPRO, we focus on the areas of environmental policy, health policy, and public health.

We provide scientific support and solutions for questions of population health, health information and risk assessment in food -, product – and chemicals policy.

Health protection, health risks related to occupational safety and workplace safety, hazardous chemicals, pesticide – and waste management, climate change, building and energy management where strong networks with other business areas exists are further important areas of our work.

Essential services are the following:

  • research and studies on the health effects of environmental stressors
  • disease risks due to climate change
  • assessment of environmental health risks
  • inventory and development of human biomonitoring programs
  • identification of emerging risks and trends
  • development of management options and policy recommendations
  • identification of research priorities
  • drafting and coordination of research projects
  • elaboration of information and education material
  • risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication
  • support of indicator development
  • socio economic analysis relating to authorisation procedures
  • cost-benefit evaluation relating to occupational safety and workplace safety
  • recommendations of measures for exposure prevention

The activities of BiPRO focus on national and European level. In addition we work for companies and associations, as well as at the international level for the WHO and the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention work.

We provide our services mainly in German and English. Additional working languages are French, Spanish and Dutch.

Selected reference projects:

  • European Binding Limit Value for Respirable Crystalline Silica
    A socio economic impact analysis
    (The European Association of industrial silica producers (EUROSIL))
  • Assessment of potential impacts of endocrine disrupters on the public health in Germany (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • Compilation and synoptic evaluation of environment and health programmes and strategies of European countries and identification of priority fields of action for Germany
    (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • Review of the state of the art of human biomonitoring for chemical substances and its application to human exposure assessment for food safety
    (European Food Safety Authority (EFSA))
  • COPHES – European coordination action on human biomonitoring (FP7)
    (European Commission, DG Research and Innovation)
  • Drafting of meeting report biomonitoring – based indicators of exposure to chemical pollutants
    (World Health Organization (WHO))
  • Development of a coherent approach to human biomonitoring in Europe
    (Expert Team to Support BIOmonitoring in Europe – ESBIO)
    (European Commission, DG Research and Innovation)
  • Scientific and organisational support to develop a coherent approach to human biomonitoring in Europe
    (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Study contract for an in-depth evaluation of the socio economic, health and environmental impact of a possible Community initiative on the protection of EU healthcare workers against blood-borne infections due to needle stick injuries and other sharp instruments
    (European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion)
  • Report on the implementation of the Council Recommendation on exposure of public to electromagnetic field (1999/519/EC) in the EU Member States
    (European Commission, DG Health and Consumers)
  • Framework contract covering the provision of external expertise in the field of Health and Safety at Workplaces
    (European Parliament)
  • Support related to the European and international work on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
    (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Collection and analysis of exposure and usage data to determine the relevance of potentially endocrine disrupting chemicals – preparation for nomination as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) under REACH (German Environmental Agency)
  • Evaluation of exposure data for POPs (additionally to dioxins and PCBs) and POP candidates – selection, harmonisation and quality assurance (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • Examination and assessment of consequences for industry, consumers, human health and the environment of possible options for changing the REACH requirements for nanomaterials (European Commission)
  • Ad-hoc study to support the initial establishment of the list of candidates for substitution as required in Article 80(7) of Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on Pesticides
    (European Commission, DG Health and Consumers)
  • Framework Contract for services on technical, scientific, health, environmental and socio-economic questions concerning the implementation of REACH Regulation
    (BiPRO as coordinator of a consortium called ETIREACH)
    (European Chemicals Agency (ECHA))
  • Study on existing monitoring and surveillance activities, communication of the results of these activities to the public and awareness raising programmes put in place by Member States on the impacts of use of plant protection products on human health and the environment
    (European Commission, DG Health and Consumers)
  • EU-wide E-PRTR inventory of releases from diffuse sources
    (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Effectiveness of vapour retardants in reducing risks to human health from paint strippers containing dichloromethane
    (European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry)
  • Dioxins & PCBs: Environmental Levels and Human Exposure in Candidate Countries (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Effectiveness of existing measures and development of options in order to reduce environment and health effects of dioxins and PCBs (European Parliament, STOA)
  • Organisation of Regional Conferences on « Environment & Health » – Technical Assistance in the development of « Action Plan 2004-2010 » – Brussels
    (European Commission, DG Environment)