Table 2

Key points of the 1997 declaration of the environmental ministers of the G8 on children’s environmental health2

  • Preventing exposure is the most effective way of protecting children’s health from environmental threats

  • National policies should take into account the specific exposure pathways and dose-response characteristics of children when conducting risk assessment and setting protective standards

  • Research should be promoted to gain a better understanding of sensitivities of children to environmental hazards

  • Awareness of the environments and health should be promoted to help families better protect their children