Regroupement de cancers pédiatriques à Vincennes, rôle du comité scientifique de 2001 à 2006 : une confrontation entre les attentes sociales et l'expertise scientifique

Abstract : Following the report in 1999 of a cluster of cancers in children attending a school built on an old factory site, epidemiologic and environmental studies initially ruled out a possible link between these cancers and the attendance of the school. In May 2001, the notification of new cases generated a state of crisis. A Scientific Committee (SC) gathering 16 national experts was brought together. The purpose of this article is to analyze its work, the difficulties encountered in particular in its relations with the parties involved and the lessons learnt. The SC's missions were to examine the questions raised by the population, to analyze the results of investigations that got under way and to propose and carry out the necessary studies. In 3 years, the SC carried out important work of expertise on many epidemiologic and environmental studies. The hiatus existing first of all between social expectations and the scientific approach, the communication gap with the stakeholders and the lack of resources constituted the principal difficulties encountered by the SC. However, as time went by, a positive interaction was established between the SC and the stakeholders, in particular with the population. The SC recommends, in such situations, to bring into play a joined up mechanism of expertise and decision, light and reactive, integrating all the stakeholders as soon as possible.
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Martine Ledrans, Benoît Hazebrouck, Jacqueline Clavel, Pascal Empereur-Bissonet, Christian Cochet, et al.. Regroupement de cancers pédiatriques à Vincennes, rôle du comité scientifique de 2001 à 2006 : une confrontation entre les attentes sociales et l'expertise scientifique. Bulletin Epidémiologique Hebdomadaire - BEH, Saint-Maurice (Val de Marne) : Institut de veille sanitaire, 2007, pp.57-59. ⟨ineris-00963063⟩

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