The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) was founded on 1 July 2010 from the merger of the French Food Safety Agency (AFSSA) and the French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (AFSSET).
ANSES undertakes monitoring, expert appraisal, research and reference missions in a broad field of competence that encompasses human health, animal health and welfare, and plant health ANSES can therefore apply a cross-cutting approach to its health risk/benefit assessments, by including contributions from the social sciences and humanities, before submitting its opinions and recommendations to the authorities and systematically making its work public.
The Agency relies on a network of 11 reference and research laboratories located in 16 different parts of the country, that are internationally recognised in several areas or disciplines. It employs nearly 1350 people and calls on around 800 external experts through its expert groups.
The Fougères Laboratory (http://www.anses.fr/en/content/foug%C3%A8res-laboratory) is primarily involved in improving knowledge of the benefits and risks of veterinary medicinal products and disinfectants used by the food processing industry and in evaluating the toxicity of residues and contaminants.
The Laboratory’s work focuses on:
The Laboratory is the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for veterinary drug residues and antimicrobial resistance, and is the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for antimicrobial and colouring agent residues. The Laboratory implements the quality assurance process for its reference activities.
It carries out research on the analysis of veterinary drug residues, on the characterization of antimicrobial effects (antimicrobials and biocides), and on the characterization of toxicological hazards related to contaminants. The Laboratory also develops new tools for the prediction of toxicity.
The Ploufragan-Plouzané laboratory specialises in the health of farmed poultry, rabbits, pigs and fish. It contributes to improving animal welfare as well as the health quality of foodstuffs of poultry, rabbit and pig origin.
The Ploufragan-Plouzané laboratory( http://www.anses.fr/en/content/ploufragan-plouzan%C3%A9-laboratory) studies:
It analyses new farming methods.
It develops tools and methods for diagnosis and prevention of diseases in animals.
It also assesses the impact of environmental pollutants on animals and risks associated with the consumption of foods derived from them. It helps to prevent bacterial contamination.
It is a reference laboratory for several diseases.
The Laboratory for Food Safety (http://www.anses.fr/en/content/laboratory-food-safety) provides support to public decision-makers through general scientific expertise on the quality and safety of foodstuffs, and more specific scientific expertise on certain processing sectors. Its work is focused on biological (bacteria, viruses, parasites) and chemical (toxins, metals, pesticides, organic pollutants, histamine) hazards found and likely to be found in foods, particularly during distribution and consumption.
Pascal Sanders, DVM, PhD, Head of Laboratory of Fougères, Head of NRL antimicrobial resistance, Coordinator of antimicrobial resistance programme in ANSES, Publications in international journal, Expert for EMA and EFSA, He will lead WP6 dedicated to intervention studies.