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Public Health (27-05-2009)

Public Consultation on the Risk Assessment Advanced Training Programme (RAAP) Guidelines

To help address the shortage of trained risk assessors in Europe and the potential effects this may have on the long-term sustainability of risk assessment advice to the EU, national bodies and the private sector, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on the Risk Assessment Advanced Training Programme (RAAP) Guidelines.
 
Key factors attributed to the short supply of risk assessors include the limited training opportunities in the field of risk assessment and the lack of training schemes and opportunities for practical, on the job training on the risk assessment approach.
 
The Health and Consumers Directorate General commissioned EUROTOX (Federation of European Toxicology Societies) to produce, in collaboration with key academic institutions and representatives of the Commission's non food Scientific Committees, guidelines on the establishment of a Risk Assessment training program to provide individuals with appropriate academic backgrounds with the knowledge and practical training needed to understand and participate in the risk assessment process.
 
The RAAP program guidelines aim at establishing an integrated and advanced training approach for risk assessors firmly based on available high standard education in toxicology at the Master level in several European countries. Persons holding graduate degrees and/or having practical experience in toxicology and certain life sciences will be eligible to participate.
The RAAP guidelines document is published on the SANCO website and stakeholders are invited to comment through an online consultation, aimed at gathering feedback on the proposed programme. The deadline for the public consultation is 26 June 2009..
 
For more information on the preliminary report and on how to submit your comments, please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/cons_02_en.htm