AFSSET is the acronym for the Agence française de sécurité sanitaire de l'environnement et du travail (the French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety), a French public service reporting to the ministries of health, ecology and labour.
To fulfil its purpose of guaranteeing public health, the agency's missions include:
- To assess environmental and occupational health risks, especially relative to chemicals,
- to carry out or commission any necessary expertise, analysis or study,
- to provide the authorities with all information on health risks and the guidance needed to develop legislative and regulatory provisions,
- to carry out scientific watch and implement research programs,
- to initiate debate by publishing projects, organising conferences and participating in educational and scientific events.
Under the French General Review of Public Policies (Révision Générale des Politiques Publiques, or RGPP), by the summer of 2010 AFSSA must merge with the AFSSET (the French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety).