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Identification of risks of endocrinedisrupting chemicals: overview of existing practices and steps ahead. Report of a meeting in Bonn, Germany 7-8 July 2014
( 2015 )
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The meeting was organized by the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, in cooperation with WHO headquarters. The main objective was to discuss methodologies for assessing the risk of endocrinedisrupting chemicals (EDCs) to human health and, in particular, experiences in assessing exposure to EDCs, health surveillance, and the design and performance of epidemiological studies, as well as of building the capacity necessary to address problems related to EDCs at the national and international levels. Next steps were agreed to facilitate activities aimed at identifying risks to human health from EDCs and supporting countries in implementing the relevant commitments made at the Third Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), Nairobi, Kenya, 17-21 September 2012 and the Fifth European Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Parma, Italy, 10-12 March 2010.

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Development of a Health and Environment Geographic Information System (HEGIS) for Poland : report on a WHO workshop, Lodz, Poland 13-15 April 1997
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 1999 )
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The participants agreed that health and environment information systems, on both national and subnational levels, are useful tools for the systemic collection, analysis and interpretation of health and environmental data. The development of a national health and environment report and the setting of priorities in the national environment and health action plan should be based on the analytical assessment of routinely collected data from existing monitoring networks as well as from ad hoc investigations. The use of a geographical information system for this purpose is desirable. The participants agreed that HEGIS should be developed as part of national environment and health action plans, to provide a framework for the coordinated collection, storage, update, analysis and display of environment and health monitoring data, and as a tool to support decision-making. It is recommended that the indicators used in HEGIS in Poland for monitoring the implementation of NEHAP be developed according to the national priorities established by the Polish State Commission for Sustainable Development and follow the recommendations on indicators developed by WHO. The most important areas of HEGIS applications at national, subnational and local levels in a national environment and health action plan comprise: (i) describing the demographic characteristics and the health of the population in urban and rural areas; (ii) analysing the spatial distribution of environmental pollution and hence identifying areas of greatest environmental health concern; and (iii) estimating the health impact of environmental pollutants

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Development of environment and health indicators for European Union countries : report on a WHO working group, Berlin Germany 14-16 May 2003
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 2003 )
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The WHO - European Centre for Environment and Health is implementing a project to establish an environmental health (EH) indicator system. The system is designed to serve public health monitoring and environmental policies in Member States as well as to support multinational analyses. The methodology developed by the WHO project provides the basis for a set of core environment and health indicators for European Union (EU) countries as part of the European Community health monitoring system. An important characteristic of the proposed set is its consistency with the existing body of legislation and regulations at EU level. This Working Group was convened in the framework of the European Commission-sponsored WHO project "Development of Environment and Health Indicators for the EU countries" (ECOEHIS) to evaluate the EH indicators proposed by WHO vis-à-vis the relevant EC body of legislation. The Working Group identified a set of environment and health indicators adequate for EH monitoring in the EU, agreed on the system adjustments necessary for its harmonization with the requirements of the legislation and recommended indicators that need further methodological developments. The ECOEHIS project network was established to effectively steer the process through coordinating country activities, assuring broad discussion by the relevant stakeholders on the proposed environment and health indicators, testing for feasibility and reaching agreement on a set of 'core' indicators through consensus. The group decided on follow-up actions to further reinforce the efforts towards the establishment of European Community health information system in order to facilitate planning, monitoring and evaluation of the relevant policies

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WHO/EEA Joint Workshop on Children's Environment and Health Indicators : report on a WHO/EEA joint meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark 2-3 December 2002
WHO/EEA Joint Workshop on Children's Environment and Health Indicators; World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe; European Environment Agency ( 2002 )
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Environmental health indicators for the WHO European Region 3 : survey methods for environmental health assessments : report on the WHO working group meeting, Bonn, 18-19 November 2002
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 2003 )
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The WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Bonn Office is implementing a project aiming at establishment of an information system to support public health and environmental policies within and across the WHO European Region countries. The 'core' of the system are the Environmental Health Indicators (EHI). The feasibility study of the EHI system identified critical data gaps for which specially organised surveys are needed to supplement the existing statistical data as well as monitoring and surveillance systems. This meeting was convened to agree on the scope of the environment and health (EH) issues for which survey are necessary and to recommend the most appropriate survey methods and tools to enable comparable assessments within and across the countries. The group discussed experiences from large-scale, regularly conducted representative national and international survey instruments to gather information on exposures and associated health effects whose association is supported by a sufficient body of evidence. The Working Group (WG) identified several survey tools on relevant exposures and health effects; indoor air quality; housing; noise; respiratory health and annoyance. These can be used as guidelines in the design of an international EH survey. The group recommended a number of well-established surveys tools, both in the form of questionnaires and objective measurements, and identified several instruments which need further methodological development and expert consultations. Participants agreed on the necessary steps to develop the most appropriate survey design; selection of the methods and tools and their feasibility testing in collaboration with the Member States. The group pointed out that cost-effective instruments suitable for national and international use should be included in the proposal for an EH indicator system within the information platform to be endorsed by the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (Budapest, 2004) for implementation across the WHO European region

Environmental health indicators for the WHO European Region 1 : update of methodology May 2002
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 2002 )
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The WHO European Centre for Environment and Health is developing a system of indicators to support the monitoring of public health and environmental policies. When established the system will provide the member states with appropriate information to make comparisons and support their national policies. It will also allow tracking the progress in environment and health across Europe and contributing to the broader objective of reporting on sustainable development. The original proposal was tested in several countries of the WHO European region for feasibility and policy relevance. The process resulted in refinement of the indicators system. The WHO meeting selected the set of 'core' indicators for pilot implementation, identified priority data gaps and recommended further methodological developments. Participants also showed examples of indicator-based, policy-oriented reporting. The experts agreed on the scope and actions for the next phases of the process and adopted the protocol for the pilot survey of the EH indicators system. Updated methodology is given together with the report of the meeting. Currently the process focuses on setting up the system, to link with assessment and reporting mechanisms

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Improving public health responses to extreme weather/heat-waves : EuroHEAT : summary for policy-makers
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe; European Commission ( 2009 )
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Improving public health responses to extreme weather/heat-waves : EuroHEAT, report on a WHO meeting, Bonn, Germany 22-23 March 2007
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe; European Commission ( 2008 )
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Improving public health responses to extreme weather/heat-waves : EuroHEAT : technical summary
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe; European Commission ( 2009 )
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Health aspects of chemical safety: Strategic directions for action of the WHO Regional Office for Europe
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 2013 )