Exposure & Health Impact Methodology
Various pieces of EU legislation require that the health impact of being exposed to chemicals and other physical and biological factors can be accurately assessed.
Analysing the effects of these factors over a sustained period is a highly complex process and to facilitate this work the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) is actively developing appropriate methodologies and software tools. These tools aim to ensure systematic and standardised assessment of the consequences of exposure to the chemicals and other agents referenced in EU legislation.
A key contribution to this process has been the development by the Institute of a user-friendly web-based software system known as GExFRAME (Global Expo Frame) which was launched in 2009. GExFRAME is designed to easily accommodate existing modelling tools and consumer exposure data and integrate them in a single database. The data and models contained in framework are truly global in nature. GExFRAME has been developed to be compatible also with data and tools developed as part of the EU's chemicals Regulation REACH (a regulatory framework for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) and for the General Product Safety Directive.
GExFRAME will help save time and expense by sharing information and models. It will also help promote credible science through better communication between organisations and by peer review of assessment procedures.
In the area of toxicology, the Institute has developed hazard estimation software known as TOXTREE which is capable of predicting various kinds of toxic effects.
EMF-Net: research on biological effects of electromagnetic fields
EMF-NET is a FP6 Coordination Action that ran from 2004 to 2008, aimed at providing a framework for the coordination of the results of research activities related to the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, also considering potential risks related to exposure in working environments (occupational exposure).
The EMF-NET Consortium involved 41 participants, including all the coordinators of the EC (FP5) projects, coordinators of research projects at European national level (Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, UK), and representatives of other EC and international activities, such as EC COST ACTION 281 and the WHO EMF project, associations of industries and manufactures, regulatory bodies, scientific associations, and trade union associations.