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Policy Development and Guidance

From November 2004, the Health Protection Agency became responsible for advising UK Government Departments and Agencies on human health effects of chemicals in water, soil and waste. This advice contributes to the development of Government policy. Some of the principal interactions are with:

Good working relationships with a range of other regulatory agencies such as the Food Standards Agency and the Health and Safety Executive are also important.

The HPA is an adviser on the Drinking Water Inspectorate committee concerned with statutory approval of products and processes used in public water supplies.

HPA provides secretaria roles for the following committees:

These independent advisory committees provide expert advice to Government Departments and Agencies on all aspects relating to the potential toxicity, mutagenicity and carcinogenicity of chemicals.

HPA is an observer on the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP); this independent advisory committee provides expert advice to UK Government Health Departments on the effects on health of both outdoor and indoor air pollutants.