Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Studies on the Health Effects of Mercury Compounds
Director / Head:
Dr Juichi Abe
Dr Mineshi Sakamoto
National Institute for Minamata Disease
(81-966) 63 3111
(81-966) 61 1145
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- To serve as an information exchange center (at a global level) in relation to health, and environmental issues associated with mercury compounds, in general, and the Minamata experience, in particular.
- To conduct training and awareness for the prevention, mitigation, research and risk assessment associated with environmental exposure to mercury compounds.
- To provide technical advisory services in relation to mercury compounds, and other selected pollutants to WHO and its member states, as appropriate.
- Environmental health and hazards other than those specifically mentioned
- Chemical safety
- Health information; statistics; measurement & trend assessment
Types of activity:
- Development and application of appropriate technology
- Information dissemination
Ower: 8.1 - Evidence-based assessments made, and norms and standards formulated and updated on major environmental hazards to health (e.g., poor air quality, chemical substances, electromagnetic fields, radon, poor-quality drinking-water and waste-water reuse)
Ower: 8.2 - Technical support and guidance provided to Member States for the implementation of primary prevention interventions that reduce environmental hazards to health, enhance safety and promote public health, including in specific settings (e.g. workplaces, homes or urban settings) and among vulnerable population groups (e.g. children).
Ower: 8.3 - Technical assistance and support provided to Member States for strengthening national occupational and environmental health risk management systems, functions and services.
HASSAN Mohd Nasir
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Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork