As part of an area of work on human environmental health, the SPF Clean Air Champions (Prof Sir Stephen Holgate, Dr Suzanne Bartington and Dr Gary Fuller), together with Dr Paul Whaley, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University and Jamie Page, Cancer Prevention and Education Society jointly held a roundtable online event entitled ‘Roundtable on strengthening the human environmental health research and policy interface in the UK.’
The purpose of the roundtable was to consider the UK research and policy agenda around how human environmental health issues might be strengthened in the UK. The roundtable aimed to provide an outline answer to five key strategic questions listed in the agenda that relate to defining chemical safety requirements and working with UK agencies to ensure chemical safety standards adequately protect and serve public health.
The use of flame retardants in the UK provided an illustrative example of a number of core issues for consideration at the roundtable. These included concepts of evidence monitoring and synthesis, making more transparent decision thresholds in responding to environmental health challenges, and how to prevent regrettable design decisions.
Click here for the Roundtable on strengthening the human environmental health research and policy interface in the UK presentation slides – Dr Paul Whaley, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University.