INTERNATIONAL
JOINT POLICY COMMITTEE
OF THE SOCIETIES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY

What is the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology?

The International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE) is a consortium of 15 epidemiology societies, national and international in scope, organized to coordinate and unify joint policy actions among societies of epidemiologists, globally. Membership of the IJPC-SE is open to all participating societies, each with one vote; each society appoints its own representative(s).

The IJPC-SE meets on a regular basis, primarily via teleconference. It serves as a forum in which concerns of a policy nature about any aspect of epidemiologic research and practice can be discussed. This includes such items as certification, core competencies, funding of epidemiologic research, governmental policies affecting epidemiologic research, ethics guidelines. It provides an international forum for brainstorming issues that cross political boundaries. It is a network in which all epidemiology societies can be engaged to discuss issues relating to both research and practice in the public interest.

The IJPC-SE has strived to address policy issues that relate to the practice of epidemiologic research, find appropriate venues for the translation of current epidemiologic findings into policy, promote the professional interests of the discipline of epidemiology in governmental organizations, and identify the strategies and processes for shared decision-making among IJPC-SE members to develop rational, effective and cost-conscious policies.


Our Mission

The International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology provides a forum for surveillance of and communication about funding, regulatory, and legislative environments relating to epidemiologic research and practice. Through coordinated joint action, the Committee strives to impact policies and influence opinion leaders relevant to policies that rely on epidemiologic evidence.

NEW ENDORSEMENTS

ORGANIZATIONS wishing to add their endorsement of the Position Statement on Asbestos, please send an e-mail to JPCSE.asbestos@gmail.com, asking to be added to the list of endorsing organizations. Please provide: the name of the organization, its address (including city, state or province, and country), a statement to the effect that this endorsement was officially approved with date of approval and the name and email of a contact person.

INDIVIDUALS wishing to endorse the Position Statement on Asbestos, please send an e-mail to JPCSE.asbestos@gmail.com, asking to be added to the list of individual endorsers. Please provide your name, qualifications, institutional affiliation, city, state or province, and country.


Our Members

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What's New?

  • ANNOUNCEMENT: On March 19, 2014, Colin L. Soskolne, PhD was elected to the position of Chair-Elect of the Board of the IJPC-SE. He will assume the role of Chair for a period of two years commencing with the end of the April 16, 2014 monthly meeting of the Board. Professor Soskolne will be taking over from Stanley H. Weiss, MD who has served as Chair for the past 4 years. Professor Weiss will then serve as (immediate) past Chair and on the IJPC-SE Executive Committee for a year, in keeping with planned IJPC-SE bylaw transitions.

  • In December 2013, the JPC-SE agreed on a name change to IJPC-SE (i.e., International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology). This change was necessitated to better reflect the organization's ever-widening international membership. Because of this change, we have been working on an overhaul of our website. In particular, we have been developing a new look for the website that captures this change in name. The first step in this process can be seen in our new banner above. Further changes will be introduced over the next weeks.

  • We are pleased to welcome the Australasian Epidemiological Association as a 15th member organization.

  • We are pleased to welcome the Collegium Ramazzini as a 14th member organization to the current IJPC-SE as of August 1, 2013.

  • The Spanish translations of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) and Media Release are available here and here.

  • The Arabic translations of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) and Media Release are available here and here.

  • The Chinese translations of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) and Media Release are available here and here.

  • Asbestos Statement By Epidemiologists Seen As A Critical Contribution In An Ongoing Public Health Battle. A special article by Kathleen Ruff. Click here to read it.

  • Canada's federal government announced on September 14 2012 that, at the next meeting in 2013 of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention, Canada will no longer obstruct the listing of Chrysotile Asbestos in Annex III of the Convention, thus allowing its to be recognized as a hazardous substance. In addition, the Canadian government has committed $50 million in economic transition assistance to the single-industry town of Asbestos, Quebec, where Chrysotile Asbestos mining has been its sole significant industry for the past 130 years. The UN will hold back-to-back meetings of the 3 connected Conventions in 2013: "Meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, 28 April - 10 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland". Click here to read the full story.

  • The Russian translations of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) and Media Release are available here and here.

  • On August 28, 2012, IJPC-SE expert advisor, Kathleen Ruff, presented a paper entitled Recommendations for action on asbestos — Canada and beyond to the World Cancer Congress of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in Montreal.

  • The Portuguese translation of the Position Statement on Asbestos (full version) is now available and can be downloaded here.

  • The French translation of the Position Statement on Asbestos (full version) is now available and can be downloaded here.

  • IJPC-SE is happy to announce that ABRASCO (Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva), the Brazilian Association of Public Health, has joined its ranks effective July 26th, 2012, bringing our number of member organizations to 14. Welcome!

  • The Position Statement on Asbestos is here.