Report for the STRIVE-funded project: 2006-EH-FS-40-M4
Summary: ERC Report 15 - Carrie Garavan, Richard Moles and Bernadette O’Regan
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Challenges exist with regard to environmental health,in that there is a critical need to form stronger partnerships between the various agencies and medical specialists in activities that will further the science, education, and health of the community. Following controversial licensing decisions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2005, a series of meetings was held between the EPA and the Health Service Executive (HSE) in an effort to clarify the different roles of each organisation with respect to the protection of public health. The EPA also had discussions with the Institute of Public Health (IPH) and with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) on a similar theme. Following these meetings, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was agreed and signed by both the HSE and the EPA. Also, in order to advance the area of environment and health, the EPA, through the Environmental Research Centre (ERC), agreed to fund a postdoctoral research fellowship. The results from that fellowship are reported here.
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