Institut de veille sanitaire

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Institut de veille sanitaire (Sanitary Surveillance Institute)
Agency overview
Formed 1998
Superseding agency
  • none
Jurisdiction France
Headquarters Saint-Maurice cedex
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • Dr Françoise Weber, Director General
  • Jean-Claude Desenclos, Scientific Director
Parent agency French Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Website Official website

The Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS; English: French Institute for Public Health Surveillance, literally "Institute of Health Surveillance") is a French public establishment of the Health minister. Its mission is to survey the health of the population and, if required (for example in the case of an epidemics), to alert the administration, health specialists and the whole of the population. This surveillance role is shared with other public organisations such as the Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé (ANSM) and the Agence française de sécurité sanitaire de l'alimentation, de l'environnement et du travail (Anses).

The Institut de veille sanitaire was criticized by the press for its lack of response during the European heat wave of 2003 but was cleared by several official commissions.

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