Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on Environmental Health Risk Assessment
Director / Head:
Prof Martin van der Berg
Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS)
University of Utrecht
P.O. Box 80 176
(31-30) 253 5400
(31-30) 253 5077
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- Support and evaluate WHO approaches and methodologies for risk assessment of chemical and biological agents in the human food chain and the environment as it affects food and water safety.
- Develop concepts and methodologies for evaluation of adverse health effects related to mixtures of chemical and biological agents in the human food chain and its environment.
- Support WHO in cases of food safety emergencies through risk assessments including laboratory investigations.
- Evaluate and develop methodologies for exposure assessment of environmental and occupational contaminants with special emphasis on POPs, pesticides and atmospheric pollutants.
- Contribute to and support the development of training methods and materials for programs and courses on risk assessment for human health and environmental quality with respect to the presence of chemical and biological agents in the environment and the food chain
- Contribute to global burden of disease work (GBD) in the occupational health
- Health information; statistics; measurement & trend assessment
- Food safety
- Environmental health and hazards other than those specifically mentioned
Types of activity:
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
WHO organization wide expected result:
9.5 - Systems for surveillance, prevention and control of zoonotic and non-zoonotic foodborne diseases strengthened; food-hazard monitoring and evaluation programmes established and integrated into existing national surveillance systems, and results disseminated to all key players.
9.2 - Norms, including references, requirements, research priorities, guidelines, training manuals and standards, produced and disseminated to Member States in order to increase their capacity to assess and respond to all forms of malnutrition, and zoonotic and non-zoonotic foodborne diseases, and to promote healthy dietary practices.
TRITSCHER Angelika Maria
+41 22 79 13569
+45 45 33 68 22
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork