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Public Health (28-01-2008)

Commission calls on interested parties to submit information on biocides in relation to resistance to antibiotics.

The Commission has requested the advice of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health risks (SCENIHR) on the assessment of the antibiotic resistance effects of biocides.

To ensure that the SCENIHR formulates its views on the basis of the most complete relevant information, the Commission has published today a call for the submission of information regarding quantities of biocides used in various applications and regarding possible changes in microbial flora.

The details of the call for information are found at: http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/04_scenihr/scenihr_call_info_05_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
http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/popularizing/popularizing_results_en.htm