Policy and Advocacy Statements

ISEE Procedure for Dealing with Beleaguered Colleagues and/or Potential Whistleblowers 
A Procedure for the ISEE to Apply in Responding to an Appeal by Any Environmental Epidemiologist and Health Scientist Who Claims to be Made to Feel Threatened for Having Identified a Hazard and/or for Proposing to Study a Suspected Hazard. (pdf) 
-    Updated 10/2021

WHO Air Quality Guidelines 2021 – Aiming for healthier air for all
The 2021 WHO Air Quality Guidelines: A joint statement by medical, public health, scientific societies and patient representative organizations. (PDF)
21 translated versions available here.
-    Updated 10/2021

ERS letter jointly signed by ISEE and other organizations re: The 2021 WHO Air Quality Guidelines
The 2021 WHO Air Quality Guidelines: relevance, dissemination, and contribution from the medical societies. (PDF)
-    Posted 8/2021

INEP Statement on Conflict of Interest and Disclosure in Epidemiology
The International Network for Epidemiology in Policy (INEP) focus in this Position Statement is on Conflict-of-Interest (COI) because it has been associated with the misuse of epidemiological science. (PDF)
-    Posted 1/2021

ISEE, ATS & ERS Joint Statement on a Healthy and Sustainable Post-COVID Recovery 
Transcript of a podcast by ISEE, the American Thoracic Society (ATS), European Respiratory Society (ERS) discussing the challenges COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has placed on multiple fronts. (PDF)
-    Posted 8/2020

ISEE Statement of Anti-Racism
Prepared by Joan Casey, Marianthi-Anna Kioumourtzoglou & Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, this statement ISEE outlines it's committment to supporting the research and careers of our Black members by recognizing the many barriers they face. (PDF)
-    Posted 6/2020

Ethics & Philosophy Committee Welcome Package
Prepared by Ruth Etzel, This Welcome Package is a key communication tool for new members of the Ethics & Philosophy Committee. In this Package, you will find information about the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology – its mission, functions, leaders, and points of contact. In addition, this package will help familiarize you with the Ethics and Philosophy Committee’s values, goals, operations and products. (PDF)
-    Posted 6/2020

INEP Policy Brief: Electronic Cigarettes and Public Health  
Prepared by Wael K Al-Delaimy and Fiona Sim, this International Network for Epidemiology in Policy brief describes how Electronic cigarette (e-cigarettes, also known as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or ENDS) use has grown rapidly within a few years and this rapid expansion of their use took public health professionals in tobacco control by surprise. (PDF)
-    Posted 10/2019

ISEE Guidelines on Financial Support 
Guidelines for soliciting donations, contracts, or grants to help meet the mission of the society. (PDF)
-    Posted 7/2018

ISEE Comment on WHA 71st Meeting 
The International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) formally acknowledges the progress made in the implementation of the “Road map for an enhanced global response to the adverse health effects of air pollution” presented in the document A71/10 Add.1. (PDF)
-    Posted 5/2018

ISEE Comments on EPA's Proposed Rule of Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science 
ISEE represents researchers who study environmental causes of ill health, including ambient air pollutants subject to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) promulgated by EPA, as well as its standards for heavy metals, pesticides, drinking water, and other environmental contaminants. As such our members have supplied a substantial part of the research that is the basis of those standards. We write in strong opposition to the proposed changes in which studies are to be considered in setting such standards. (PDF)
-    Posted 2018

Financial Conflict-of-Interest Disclosure form when submitting abstracts or proposing symposia to the annual ISEE conferences 
Conflict of Interest form for authors submitting abstracts or symposia to the annual conference. (PDF)
-    Posted 2017

ISEE Comment on WHO Global Action Plan 2018-2030 
Comments of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology on the “WHO global action plan for physical activity 2018 – 2030, WHO Discussion Paper” (PDF)
-    Posted August 2017

IARC Support Letter 
A letter written on behalf of ISEE that comments on Mr Chaffetz’s public letter to Dr Francis S. Collins, Director of National Institutes of Health which contains statements concerning the quality and scientific reliability of the assessments prepared and published by the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC). (PDF)
-    Posted 11/2016

ISEE Letter on Fukushima to the Government of Japan 
A letter written on behalf of ISEE expressing concern about the recent scientific evidence suggesting an increase in the risk of thyroid cancer among residents of Fukushima that is much higher than previously anticipated. (PDF) 
-    Posted 2016

Guidelines for ISEE Chapter on Statements of Regional Scope to be Published by the Chapter 
ISEE’s ‘Regional Chapters’ and ‘Policy’ or ‘Ethics and Philosophy Committee’ respectively must agree together on any formal statement or letter (statement) concerning a regional issue to be published or sent to third parties on behalf of ISEE. (PDF)
-    Posted 8/2016

ISEE Comment on WHA 69th Meeting 
ISEE acknowledges the detailed work behind the current draft of the framework of engagement with non-state actors. As a Professional Non-Governmental Organization committed to the most rigorous evidence on population’s environmental health, we have been concerned on the urgent need for WHO to better orchestrate the new reality of the Global Health Actors. We are vigilant that this is done preserving the mission and integrity of WHO, while being open to all those who want to contribute to the global population’s health. We are currently concerned on the potential conflict of interests that may arise from external partnerships and hosting arrangements. (PDF)
-    Posted 5/2016

Guidelines on Dealing with Conflicts of Interest (COI) among ISEE members 
Guidelines for ISEE members regarding Conflict of Interest disclosures. (PDF)
-    Posted 11/2015

ISEE Call for Action for Global Control of Lead Exposure to Eliminate Lead Poisoning 
Lead poisoning is one of the most pervasive, well-established, and preventable environmental hazards worldwide. We in the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) add, therefore, our voices to the call for a concerted global effort to eliminate lead poisoning. We specifically call for… (PDF)
-    Posted 9/2015

Basic Ethics Principles 
Basic Ethics Principles written by the Ethics & Philosophy Committee of ISEE. (PDF)
-    Posted 01/2015

ISEE Support to the Development of the WHA Resolution on Air Quality and Health 
A letter written on behalf of ISEE supporting the World Health Assembly Resolution on Air Quality and Health given the significance of indoor and outdoor air pollution on global health. (PDF)
-    Posted 01/2015

ISEE Statement on Institutional Conflict of Interest
ISEE outlines and defines Institutional Conflicts of Interest.  (pdf) 
-    Posted 11/2014

Joint Statement on Horizon2020 Proposed by the European Commission
The International Epidemiological Association (IEA), ISEE and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) are the major epidemiology and public health scientific associations in Europe representing thousands of health professionals. While welcoming positive aspects of the European Commission’s work programme for Health research in 2014-2015 (Horizon2020), we are deeply concerned about the balance of priorities and we call for a major revision of this work programme.  (pdf) 
-    Posted 9/2013

ISEE Comments on U.S. EPA Revision of Air Quality Standard for PM2.5 
In August 2012, upon recommendation of the ISEE Policy Committee, ISEE submitted comments to Lisa P. Jackson, U.S. EPA Administrator, on EPA’s proposal to revise the Air Quality Standards for Particle Pollution (Particulate Matter). (Docket ID No. EPAHQOAR20070492).    ISEE urged EPA to set the updated annual PM2.5 standard considering the WHO guideline value, to maximize protection of public health. 
-    Posted 8/2012

JPC-SE Position Statement on Asbestos 
This Position Statement on Asbestos was developed by the JPC-SE in consultation with all of its 13 current members. (pdf) 
-    Posted 6/2012

Ethics Guidelines for Environmental Epidemiologists (English Version) (French Version
This paper includes the ethics guidelines adopted by the ISEE in 1999, and updated as necessary, as the Society's official statement on ethical conduct for environmental epidemiologists. (pdf) 
-    Posted 4/2012


Guidelines for the Ethical Re-analysis and Re-interpretation of Another’s Research 
The guidelines address the duties of original investigators, the sponsors of re-analysis and re-interpretation, and the researchers who carry it out. The rights and interests of these parties, research subjects/participants, and the community at large need to be protected. We highlight the issues that each of these parties need to consider. (pdf) 
-    Posted 5/2009


Definitions: Research Suppression & Research Repression 
The Ethics and Philosophy Committee has discussed phenomena related to obstructing the conduct of a study or the release of its findings and the validity issues resulting from these phenomena. The Committee has also approached Dr. John Last, the Editor of the Dictionary of Epidemiology with a suggestion to add background and definitions of two epidemiologic terms: research suppression potentially leading to suppression bias, and research repression leading to repression bias. (pdf) 
-    Posted 2/2002