Assessment of health risks of policies

Balázs Ádám, Ágnes Molnár, Róza Ádány, Fabrizio Bianchi, Katarina Bitenc, Razvan Chereches, Liliana Cori, Rainer Fehr, Joanna Kobza, Jana Kollarova, Stella R.J. Kræmer, Nunzia Linzalone, Marek Majdan, Odile C.L. Mekel, Peter Mochungong, Peter Otorepec, Jozef Pastuszka, Sarah Sierig, Ingrida Zurlyte, Gabriel Gulis

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The assessment of health risks of policies is an inevitable, although challenging prerequisite for the inclusion of health considerations in political decision making. The aim of our project was to develop a so far missing methodological guide for the assessment of the complex impact structure of policies. The guide was developed in a consensual way based on experiences gathered during the assessment of specific national policies selected by the partners of an EU project. Methodological considerations were discussed and summarized in workshops and pilot tested on the EU Health Strategy for finalization. The combined tool, which includes a textual guidance and a checklist, follows the top-down approach, that is, it guides the analysis of causal chains from the policy through related health determinants and risk factors to health outcomes. The tool discusses the most important practical issues of assessment by impact level. It emphasises the transparent identification and prioritisation of factors, the consideration of the feasibility of exposure and outcome assessment with special focus on quantification. The developed guide provides useful methodological instructions for the comprehensive assessment of health risks of policies that can be effectively used in the health impact assessment of policy proposals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Health impact assessment
  • Health in all policies
  • Policy making
  • Risk assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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