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Public Health (29-04-2009)

Commission calls on interested parties to submit scientific information on the issue of Mercury Sphygmomanometers in Healthcare and the Feasibility of Alternatives.

The Commission has requested a scientific opinion from the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) on possible risks associated with the continued use and/or the complete ban of mercury sphygmomanometers. Sphygmomanometers are medical devices used to measure blood pressure, comprising an inflatable cuff to restrict blood flow, and a mercury or mechanical manometer to measure the pressure., comprising an inflatable to restrict blood flow, and a or mechanical to measure the pressure.
 
To ensure that the Committee reaches its opinion on the basis of the most up-to-date scientific information, the Commission has published a call for scientific information that will run until 24 June 2009. Further details:
 
http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/09_scenihr/scenihr_call_info_01_en.htm
 
The European Commission uses expert advice on risk assessment from three non-food Scientific Committees when preparing policies and proposals. These committees are made up of external, independent scientists and provide authoritative scientific advice in the fields of consumer safety, public health and the environment. The three non-food Scientific Committees are - the Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP), the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) and the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR).
Further information on the Scientific Committees: http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/committees_en.htm
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