Thirty countries gathered in Brussels on 10 and 11 December for the third meeting of the Environment and Health Task Force (EHTF) of the World Health Organization (WHO). The countries agreed to boost action to free Europe from asbestos-related diseases as well as exposures to secondhand tobacco smoke and toxic chemicals. Hosts of this meeting were the Belgian Federal Government, the Communities and the Regions.
Health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and others, can in the future obtain a certificate in environmental medicine. During their studies they will receive basic training to this end as well as continuing education in environmental medicine.