Development of environment and health indicators for European Union countries : report on a WHO working group, Berlin Germany 14-16 May 2003
AbstractThe 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
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2003). Development of environment and health indicators for European Union countries : report on a WHO working group, Berlin Germany 14-16 May 2003. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/107509
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