About IEH

The Institute of Environment and Health (IEH ) was established at Cranfield University in November 2005 following closure of the Leicester-based MRC Institute for Environment and Health.

The Institute is actively involved in the following areas of research:

  • Human and Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment
  • Occupational and Public Health
  • Chemical Regulation
  • Policy Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Knowledge Management Services

The Institute has as its prime aim the promotion of a healthier environment, through assessment and evaluation of health impacts and environmental pollution, the investigation and identification of disease conditions caused or influenced by environmental exposure, the co-ordination and management of research, facilitating information exchange within the research community, and publishing reports and assessments on subjects of topical interest. The Institute is largely funded by UK Government departments and agencies by way of specific research and consultancy contracts.

IERIE project team

  Project co-ordinator: Lini Ashdown
  Project Manager: Paul Harrison
  Database and Web Programmer: Ann Holden
  Additional scientific input: Phil Holmes

Sponsoring Organisations

Department of Health (DH )

The role of the UK Department of Health is to help improve the health and well-being of the population of England. The Department provides strategic leadership to the NHS and social care organisations in England, and has overall responsibility for:

  • setting the direction of health and social care services in England
  • setting and monitoring standards for health and social care services
  • ensuring NHS and social care organisations have the resources they need
  • ensuring patients and the public can make choices about the health and social care services they use

The Department does not run the NHS or social services. It works with health and social care organisations, arm's length bodies and other public and private sector organisations to deliver health and social care.


The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) was founded in 1972 as both the forum and the voice of the European chemical industry. It represents, directly or indirectly, about 40 000 large, medium and small chemical companies in Europe. It is made up of the national chemical industry federations of 22 countries in Europe and large international companies that are members in their own right.

CEFIC's mission is to provide a forum for structured discussion of supra-national issues affecting chemical companies operating in Europe and to represent the chemical industry's position on such issues. CEFIC is currently funding an extensive, long-term global programme of basic research into the health and environmental effects of chemicals through its Long-range Research Initiative(LRI). This programme was established in 1999 with joint funding by CEFIC, the American Chemistry Council and the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA), to help understand the ways in which chemicals interact with the human body, animals and the environment and address existing and explore emerging health and environmental issues. A wide range of issues is being investigated, including: chemical carcinogenesis; marine risk assessment and ecosystem dynamics; environmental exposure modelling; uncertainty analysis in risk assessment; respiratory toxicology and immunotoxicology; and human exposure.

The European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC), is responsible for the management of this programme for CEFIC, and one of the governing principles of LRI is that all the research must be carried out by internationally recognised, independent experts. To this end, a scientific panel consisting of experts from academia and research institutes has been established to oversee the programme and all research results are to be published in peer-reviewed journals and communicated widely via workshops, open literature and the Internet.

Institute of Environment and Health, Cranfield University, UK.
Cranfield University