The Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (JPC-SE) is a consortium of 13 epidemiology societies, national and international in scope, organized to coordinate and unify joint policy actions among societies of epidemiologists, globally. Membership of the JPC-SE is open to all participating societies, each with one vote; each society appoints its own representative(s).
The JPC-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 JPC-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 JPC-SE members to develop rational, effective and cost-conscious policies.
The 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.
ORGANIZATIONS wishing to add their endorsement of the Position Statement on Asbestos, please send an e-mail to JPCSE.firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.email@example.com, asking to be added to the list of individual endorsers. Please provide your name, qualifications, institutional affiliation, city, state or province, and country.
The Spanish translation of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) is available 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.
On August 28, 2012, JPC-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.
JPC-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.
Welcome to the new JPC-SE website! Please keep coming back to our site as new sections will be added regularly.