HANDLES : National food safety agency, environment and labour

Created in 2010 by the merger of AFSSA (French food safety agency) and AFSSET (French Agency for environmental and occupational health safety), the handles is “the largest health security agency in Europe by its field of competence”.


ANSES ensures Eve missions, of expertise, research and reference on a wide field covering human health, health and animal welfare, and plant health. It offers a transversal reading of health issues and thus understands, globally, the exposures to which humans may be subjected through their lifestyles and consumption or the characteristics of their environment, including professional. It responds to requests for expertise and alert the authorities in the event of a health crisis.

Field of competence

The Anses is implementing a scientific expertise of independent and pluralistic.
It mainly helps ensure human health security in the areas of the environment, work and power.
It also helps to ensure :
– the protection of health and the welfare of the animals ;
– the protection of the health of plants ;
– the evaluation of the nutritional and functional properties of food.
She finally performs tasks relating to veterinary medicinal products.

The COVES in figures

– 1 350 agents
– 800 external experts mobilized in the Group of experts
– 130 million euros of annual budget
– more than 8 000 notices issued since 1999
– 250 scientific publications per year
– 12 laboratories on 16 geographic locations
– 80 national reference laboratory mandates, European and international
– more than 100 PhD students and post-doc
– 5 EUR million per year to support calls for research projects

Website of ANSES : www.anses.fr

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