WECF Deutschland

WECF France

WECF Nederland

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

UN cancer agency asked to sever its ties to asbestos propagandists

In an open letter, the IARC was asked to stop the Uralasbest research project on chrysotile asbestos due to the partner’s unethical and improper conduct

19.04.2013 |Righton Canada and WECF




In an open letter, signed by multiple researchers, IARC (international agency for research on cancer) has been asked to stop collaborating with the Scientific Research Institute of Occupational Health of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (RAMS) and with Dr. Evgeny Kovalevskiy because of improper and unethical scientific conduct.

Dr. Kovalevskiy and the RAMS are known to promote the interests of the Russian asbestos industry instead of conducting impartial science. The RAMS has already been terminated as a collaboration centre of the WHO.

Both, Dr Kovalevskiy and RAMS have deliberately misinterpreted findings of studies to claim that asbestos is supposedly not harmful to the health of asbestos workers or people in contact with the substance and that it should be used further on. This is of course false. Furthermore, the misinterpreted study was unsound and for instance did not account for cancer incidents and other long-term asbestos related diseases. Russia, the world’s biggest producer of chrysotile asbestos is now using the collaboration to crush resistance towards importing asbestos in developing countries.

WECF is co-coordinator of the Rotterdam Convention Alliance (ROCA) for the 6th Convention of the Parties (COP6) of the Rotterdam convention in Geneva, in late April. The ROCA's position paper calls for commitment to environmental justice and to finally list chrysotile asbestos. WECF already has an extensive campaign and action programme on asbestos and its dangers and will fight for banning chrysotile asbestos with the ROCA in Geneva.


Related News

Call to implement Better Regulation principles in EU action on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
NGOs call for horizontal criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in all types of applications, not just pesticides and biocides and urge EU Commission to redesign its currently proposed EDC criteria
15.02.2017

Vote in the Women’s Major Group elections!
Our Executive Director Sascha Gabizon is running for regional Organising Partner of European, Caucasus and Central Asian region (UNECE).
08.02.2017

"The Nigerian women and Stockholm Convention" - POPs related eco-hazards and their disproportionate effect on women can never be overemphasised
Article Punch magazine reflects importance of WEP and WECF Stakeholder consultation on gender meainstreaming in hazardous chemicals policy and waste management
20.01.2017

Regional African Training for Women #Agenda2030 advocates, trainers and media experts from civil society
Women Environmental Programme (WEP) convened 2-day training for expert women Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
18.12.2016

Empower Kyrgyz women in using green technologies – Support the ecological transition!
Active Kyrgyz women are building a sustainable and eco-friendly resource centre as little actions can make great things happening. Take part in these changes!
15.12.2016