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Committee for Environmental Medicine

Members of the Committee for Environmental Medicine. Source: © RKI

As an interdisciplinary research area, environmental medicine is concerned with health- and disease-determining aspects of the human-environment relationship. Environmental factors/environment exposure and their impact on human health are its major topics.

The task of the Committee for Environmental Medicine, appointed by the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) in 2012, is to advise the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) on environment-related health risks and to explore topical issues relating to environmental medicine. In this particular field of study, the focus is on population-based/preventive environmental medicine. The committee issues statements and makes recommendations to the RKI and the UBA concerning the assessment of the impact of environmental factors on public health. This includes the effects of the physical environment on the origin of health restrictions and diseases, the effects of social-ecological factors (life, work and housing conditions) on the origin of communicable and non-communicable diseases as well as the assessment of health implications caused by climate change.

The committee consists of 15 members who are recognized experts in the area of health sciences/public health, environmental epidemiology and environmental medicine. The committee is appointed for a period of four years. A central office, associated with RKI’s unit 24, provides administrative and scientific support to the committee.

Date: 14.06.2016