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“New strategies for minimising environmental health risks.”

The problem

There is widespread concern that numerous environmental factors may be linked to adverse health effects. Examples include neurodevelopmental and endocrine disrupting effects of polychlorinated biphenyls or the effects of atmospheric particulate matter on the development of respiratory diseases. Under most circumstances, the public is exposed to a range of environmental stressors rather than to one acting in isolation. There is, therefore, the need for an integrated approach to identify health risks caused by the cumulative effects of various environmental factors. The information thus obtained can serve as a basis for improving preventive public health strategies.

ENVIRISK  Assessing the adverse health effects of pollution


ENVIRISK will develop an integrated methodological framework to identify health risks caused by exposures to a variety of environmental factors. This will provide for quantitative assessment and comparison of the benefits and costs associated with alternative preventive and targeted policy measures. Specific aims include assessment of existing information on exposure to environmental risks and the identification of links between exposure and health. Findings from ENVIRISK will contribute to the EU’s Integrated Environment and Health Information System (EHIS).

Contribution to policy development:

  • ENVIRISK will develop protocols and methodologies for exposure assessment and health impact assessment in areas relevant to the implementation of the EU Action Plan on Environment and Health.
  • The project will build a better-structured and integrated knowledge base to support informed policy-making.
  • It will organise interactions between the scientific community and policy-makers.

Project deliverables

  • Review of methods for dose-response analysis and information on health impact assessment – Aug 2007
  • Integrated platform for exposure (and risk) models – Feb 2008
  • Report on methodology development for dose-response analysis – Aug 2008
  • Report on the application of an integrated modelling framework for pilot studies – Jan 2009
  • Report on economic assessment of protocols – Jan 2009
  • Recommendation for the EHIS contribution with identifications for further analyses – Jan 2009
  • Scoping document for developing standardised assessment protocols – June 2008
  • Final project report – Feb 2009


  • Project website – set up in April 2007 with regular updates
  • Workshop on exposure models and methods for dose-response analysis
  • Dissemination of reports to scientific community and relevant stakeholders – ongoing
  • Maintain close contact and exchange information with complementary projects – ongoing

Technical information

Project acronym: ENVIRISK
Project’s official full title: Assessing the risks of environmental stressors: contribution to development of integrating methodology
Research priority: Environmental assessment (soil, water, air, noise, including the effects of chemical substances)
Specific webpage:
Proposal/contract no: SSPE-CT-2005-044232
Start date: March 2007
Kick off meeting: March 2007
Completion date: February 2009
European Commission scientific officer: Tomas Turecki (

Alena Bartonova
Name: Norwegian Institute for Air Research
Abbreviated name: NILU
Address: Instituttveien 18
NO - 2027 Kjeller
Country: Norway
Tel: +47 63898152
Fax: +47 63 898050


Name: National Institute of Public Health
Abbreviated name: KTL
Country: Finland

Name: Institute of Experimental Medicine
Abbreviated name: IEM
Country: Czech Republic

Name: Regional Institute of Public Health, Kolin
Abbreviated name: ZUKOLIN
Country: Czech Republic

Name: University of Hertfordshire
Abbreviated name: UH
Country: United Kingdom

Name: Slovak Medical University Research Base
Abbreviated name: SMU
Country: Slovakia

Name: Institute of Technology
Abbreviated name: Technion
Country: Israel