Over 100 experts and policy makers address health effects from multiple exposures

In real life individuals are exposed to multiple risk factors at the same time and this makes it often difficult to identify cause-effect relationships between environment and health.

This was the topic of discussion among over 100 experts and European country representatives who met in Bonn, Germany on 16-18 October 2013. They reviewed science and policy approaches to health impacts from exposure to multiple risk factors, with special focus on asbestos, chemicals, air quality and housing.

This theme is receiving increasing attention by the scientific and political communities: recommendations are mostly needed to increase national capacity to address multiple environmental exposures and risks and support Member States in achieving the commitments on environment and health they took in Parma in 2010 .  

A closing address was given by Dr Kurt Straif, Director of the Monographs Section in International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC) who presented multiple exposures and risks to carcinogens, including the newest findings on the indisputable link between air pollution particulate matter and cancer.

The workshop was organized by the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health and supported by German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety