The Joint Research Centre is part of the European Commission, engaged in direct research. The mission of the JRC is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies. As a service of the European Commission, the JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. The JRC participates in EO2HEAVEN with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES). In particular at this project will be involved Task Force on Environment and Health.
Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)
The Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) is one of the JRC Institutes, the mission of which is to provide is to provide scientific and technical support to EU policies for the protection of the global environment contributing to sustainable development. Within the Institute, the task force on Environment and Health, was among the first to be established at the first round of actions in 2002 in the frame of the European Environment and Health Action Plan which is operational for the period of 2004-2010.
Task Force for Environment and Health
The goals are to develop an environment and health “cause-effect framework” that will provide the necessary information for the development of Community policy dealing with sources and the impact pathway of health stressors. A number of tasks already carried out, reflecting the specific competencies of the staff currently involved, address specific research needs in the environment and health area. One is the impact of climate change on health also relating to ongoing work on multi-causality in environment and health interactions (IES, EEA and IPSC). Other exploratory activities are a feasibility study of a European network of bio-banks (specimen banks) (EEA and IRMM) in support of bio-monitoring and retrospective E&H research, and analysis of the environmental and health consequences of new and emerging technologies.
The JRC-IES Task Force for Environment and Health (TFE&H) will contribute to the evaluation of the outcomes of the case studies against the specification needs works in the exploitation of the outcomes in other activities of the European Commission, the WHO and EEA.