THE CONTRIBUTION OF RESEARCH TO THE REGULATION OF HEAVY METALS IN THE CEC
The council of Ministers of the European Community has adopted almost simultaneously in 1973 the First Environmental Research Programme and the First Environmental Action Programme. At the same time the Joint Research Centre of the Community, Ispra establishment, has also undertaken a medium term basic research programme on the health effects of heavy metals. This means that the Community legislative process concerning the protection of health and the environment has always had the support of a well structured scientific research programme. The 1978 programme on safety and health at work also singled out a number of heavy metals for early action. A large number of metals have been selected from the very beginning for priority consideration among the substances threatening the health of the population and the environment. In addition to the Ispra research work on heavy metals, about 50 research projects have been carried out up to now under contract with the Commission of the European Communities as well as a a number of more limited application oriented studies. In a large number of cases the results had a direct bearing on the development of legislation. Through Community regulations, significant limitation in human exposure to lead and cadmium in particular have already been achieved, and a number of proposals are still pending. A summary of the current status of health related Community legislation on heavy metals is presented together with the main research findings important for this legislation.
Bibliographic Reference: 2ND CONFERENCE ON THE SCIENTIFIC BASES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATORY ACTIONS HEALTH-ENVIRONMENT, EVRY (FRANCE), DEC. 14-16, 1981 - WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A , POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 31154 ORA
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