On July 2, 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its voluntary Chemical Risk Assessment Network inviting risk assessment institutions to participate. The network is an effort to share expertise and manage chemical risks more effectively. With more than 25% of the global burden of disease linked to environmental factors including chemicals, the agency sees “a need to identify knowledge gaps and emerging issues”. Of the 84 000 chemicals currently on the market according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s inventory, more than 5 000 are known to be used in food contact materials. The Chemical Risk Assessment Network shall provide a forum for scientific exchange and collaboration for leading risk assessment institutions. The goal is to facilitate capacity building, promote best practices, harmonize methodologies and share information to avoid duplicate efforts.

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