Risk Assessment and Policy Translation



The Risk Assessment and Policy Translation theme focuses on applying and translating the research at the Centre, as well as the broader scientific knowledge in our areas of expertise, to inform important policy questions on environment and health.

Areas of expertise: air pollution; water contamination;occupational & other chemical exposures; extreme temperatures & climate change; nano particles & noise.



We focus our policy related work in three overlapping strategic areas which are used for a range of policy applications:

1. Air pollution sources and health impacts - contribution to consultations and evidence at local, national, European and global level.

2. Disease and risk factor surveillance – development and application of methods for documenting geographical patterns and time trends of major health risks and outcomes, globally as well as in the UK.

3. Risk assessment – application of our expertise in exposure science and modelling, epidemiology, and population health to provide quantitative estimates of the health effects of environmental risks, or of policies that address them. 



We utilise a variety of mechanisms to translate our research in the three strategic areas listed above and to engage with our key stakeholders:

Focussed work supporting government committees, including risk assessment and systematic reviews:

COMEAP (Chair: Kelly)

Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE)

Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) (Chair: Boobis)

Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COC) (immediate past Chair: Phillips)

Systematic reviews in key Centre areas, specifically in toxicology and carcinogenicity, and the health effects of air pollution. (for related publications on systematic reviews click here)

Development and application of tools, methods and models for risk assessment and disease surveillance, for example redeveloping Rapid Inquiry Facility (RIF) software: platform facilitating disease mapping & risk analysis. 

Collaborative research with scientific colleagues in Public Health England ( PHE)

Global surveillance of non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factors, through the WHO Collaborating Centre on Non-Communicable Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology (Director: Ezzati)

Input to WHO Air Quality Guidelines