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Published, January 29th 2014

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I&M and EZ

Keywords

diagnostic testing
incidental findings
penicillamine
werknemer
Crop protection and local residents

Does the use of chemical plant protection products on agricultural land expose local residents to a risk of health impairment? This question has been examined by a committee of the Health Council of the Netherlands. Its findings are set out in this advisory report. Little research has been carried out in this area. There is some evidence, mainly from studies carried out abroad, that the use of such products can pose a health risk to local residents. Accordingly, the Committee feels that there is sufficient reason to initiate an exposure study among this section of the population here in the Netherlands, and to adapt the approval procedure for plant protection products. It also identifies measures that can reduce local residents’ exposure.

Committee

  • Dr. F. Woudenberg, Psychologist, GGD Amsterdam, chairman
  • Prof. M. van den Berg, Professor of Toxicology, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University
  • Dr. P.J. Boogaard, Toxicologist, Shell International BV, The Hague
  • Prof. D.J.J. Heederik, Professor of Health Risk Analysis, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences,
  • Utrecht University
  • Dr. R.M. Meertens, Psychologist, Maastricht University
  • Prof. P.J.J. Sauer, Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Dr. P.T.J. Scheepers, Toxicologist, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen
  • Dr. F. van den Berg, Environmental Chemist, Centre for Water and Climate, Alterra, Wageningen University & Research Centre, advisor
  • M. Busschers, Toxicologist, Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides, Wageningen, advisor
  • M. Drijver, MD, Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague, advisor
  • Dr. C.M.J. Jacobs, Meteorologist, Team Climate Change and Adaptive Land and Water Management, Alterra, Wageningen University & Research Centre, advisor
  • Dr. B.C. Ossendorp, Risk Assessor, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, advisor
  • Dr. M.N.E. Nelemans, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Hague, observer
  • Dr. H.F.G. van Dijk, Health Coucil of the Netherlands, The Hague, scientific secretary

This publication may be cited as follows

Health Council of the Netherlands. Crop protection and local residents. The Hague: Health Council of the Netherlands, 2014; publication no. 2014/02E. ISBN 978-90-5549-009-9