National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport

Research on exposure of residents to pesticides (OBO-project)

Approximately 90.000 people in the Netherlands reside within 50 meters of flower bulb or fruit cultivation. Because it is unclear how many of these people are exposed to pesticides or if their health is at risk as a result, RIVM is coordinating scientific research into the exposure of residents to pesticides.

The research will be based upon advice from the Dutch Health Council and is carried out by order of the Dutch ministries for Infrastructure and the Environment and of Economic Affairs.

It will be carried out in phases, beginning with residents near flower bulb cultivation. Secretary Mansveld from the ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has informed Dutch parliament about the research outline and project phases.