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A thorough understanding of the potential health effects related to the production, distribution and use of petroleum products requires a rigorous scientific approach and requires access to expertise in several key disciplines: toxicology, industrial hygiene, epidemiology, occupational medicine, and exposure and risk assessment.

Following its formation in the early 1960s, Concawe initially focused on effective occupational health management, where Concawe was instrumental in defining the underlying principles and practices that now form the basis for the industry's global refining and distribution operations. Subsequently, Concawe has broadened the scope of its activities to include other health topics such as studies on the effects of air pollution on public health, consumer safety and legislative chemical and health-related initiatives including, most recently, EU REACH compliance.

Legislation, based on sound science, requires a thorough technical and scientific knowledge; only through understanding the biological effects of potentially harmful substances and any exposures to them is it possible to understand any effects that might arise at very low exposures. In support of these aims, Concawe works with the scientific community, regulators and other stakeholders to identify research efforts that will contribute to the science and safety of petroleum substances, and will continue to commission our own high-quality research projects to ensure health-related legislation are based on sound defensible science.

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