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OMEGA-NET is an EC-funded COST Action with 73 participants from 28 countries. Its primary objective is to optimise the use of occupational cohorts in Europe in order to provide an evidence base for the identification of health risks related to employment and foster preventive policies. It will do so by creating an inventory of existing cohorts and proposing how to harmonise them, establishing standardised protocols for future occupational cohorts, and developing dissemination and training activities.
“Progress has been made, but there is still a lot to be done” added the IARC expert, indicating that there are more than 80,000 chemicals used in industry that have never been evaluated, and underlining the need for better exposure data, better burden estimates, and better economic impact assessments of the cost of inaction.
According to Manolis Kogevinas, ISGlobal researcher and leader of one of the project’s work groups, “there are about 30 million people in population-based studies in Europe, but we do not know what kind of information is available in these cohorts. This is why we need the inventory”.