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COR-8 [AMRO]
Status
Active
Title of the centre:
  WHO Collaborating Centre for Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology

Director / Head: 
  Dr. Berna Van Wendel
  Sr. Fabio Chaverri Fonseca




Institution:
  Central American Institute for Studies on Toxic Substances (IRET)
  National University
Address:
  Campus Omar Dengo, Apdo 86,
  3000
  Heredia
Town:
  Heredia
Country:
  COSTA RICA
Region:
  AMRO
Phone:
  (506) 2277 3584; 2263 6375
Fax:
  (506) 2277 3583; 2263 6375
Date of Designation:
  14/Oct/2004
Last Redesignation:
  15/Oct/2016
Expiry:
  15/Oct/2020
Terms of Reference:
  1. To contribute to PAHO/WHO’s work in the prevention of Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) 
  2. To contribute to PAHO/WHO’s work for building knowledge, evidence and successful experiences within Knowledge Networks on Occupational Health and Safety for vulnerable groups and high risk sectors. 
  3. To contribute to PAHO/WHO’s work for strengthening diagnosis and exposure criteria for occupational diseases 
  4. To contribute to PAHO/WHO´s work to reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals in air, water and soil pollution and contamination. 
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Subjects:
  1. Occupational health 
  2. Environmental health and hazards other than those specifically mentioned 
  3. Health information; statistics; measurement & trend assessment 
Types of activity:
  1. Coordination of activities carried out by several institutions (e.g. other WHO collaborating centres) 
  2. Collection and collation of information 
  3. Training and education 
WHO Outputs:
  3.5.1 - Countries enabled to assess health risks and develop and implement policies, strategies or regulations for the prevention, mitigation and management of the health impacts of environmental and occupational risks
  3.5.2 - Norms and standards established and guidelines developed for environmental and occupational health risks and benefits associated with, for example, air and noise pollution, chemicals, waste, water and sanitation, radiation, nanotechnologies and climate change
  3.5.3 - Public health objectives addressed in implementation of multilateral agreements and conventions on the environment and in relation to the proposed sustainable development goals and the post-2015 development agenda
Responsible Officer:
  RODRIGUEZ GUZMAN Julietta
Phone:
  +1 43307
Email:
  rodriguezj@who.int

Technical Counterpart:
  IVANOV Ivan Dimov
Phone:
  +41 22 791 5532
Email:
  ivanovi@who.int
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
  Link to eWork