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Conference Report on the “Use of Epidemiological findings in Regulatory Pesticide Risk Assessment”

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In 2013, as a follow up of a systematic review of epidemiological studies published from 2006 to 2012 investigating the association between pesticide exposure and many health outcome, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) lauched a project with a mandate for Plant Protection Products and their Residues (PPR) Panel to examine novel tools to improve the use of epidemiological data in the risk assessment of pesticides. The project culminated in the publication of two scientific opinions and this report summarises the discussions and outcomes of the scientific conference, held on 21 November, 2017, in Parma, Italy. More than 65 people attended the Conference and speakers and participants from European and non-European countries discussed the two opinions developed by the PPR Panel and future scenarios where the application of modern methodologies in toxicology, exposure and epidemiology are expected to support a mechanistic shift for the integration of the three disciplines in the pesticide risk assessment and identify risk factors involved in complex diseases.