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    Quality of breast milk reflects the quality of our environment

    At the request of the World Health Organisation (WHO), a study on the concentration of the various POPs in breast milk was undertaken over the entire Belgian territory in 2014....
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    The Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

    The term POP (Persistent Organic Pollutants) is used to designate a set of substances that share four characteristics in an especially hazardous combination:  1. they are highly...
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    Real scenarios

    Human being is exposed to POP (persistent organic pollutants) in different ways. These pollutants may, for example, be transmitted to children through mother's milk. In general,...
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    Arctic population as the world health indicator

    The Arctic regions provided one of the most contained environments globally. This absence of local pollution is used to assess the persistence and the capacity of POPs to travel...
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    Management of POPs at the European level

    The Stockholm Convention was ratified in November 2004. The European regulation no.2019/1021 from June 2019 implements the commitments made under the Convention.  This...
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    Between environmental toxicity and protection of public health

    Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) is a pesticide that has had its heyday between 1940 and 1970. It was distributed to protect people (soldiers during the second world war or...
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    Management of the POPs in Belgium

    Belgium ratified the Stockholm Convention in August 2006. The Belgian National Implementation Plan (NIP) was prepared and sent to the secretariat of the Convention in February...
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    Nanomaterials: is there a single definition?

    Nanomaterials are a complex matter. Right now there is no uniform definition which makes it possible to identify nanomaterials in a uniform manner. In October 2011 the European...
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    What conditions must be met to receive prior authorisation?

    Whichever form of reimbursement you choose, the medical officer of your health insurance fund* can not refuse to grant you prior authorisation* if:- the planned healthcare which...
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    Export and import of hazardous chemical products: the PIC procedure

    As part of international trade, the abbreviation PIC (Prior Informed Consent) is used to designate an information exchange procedure between the exporting and importing countries...