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International carbon monoxide research network launched in parliament

Gas Safety Trust sponsors event to unveil new organisation that will pool global expertise and research on policy and technology development to help tackle CO poisoning

An International Carbon Monoxide Research Network (ICORN) designed to bring together global expertise and research on better understanding and tackling CO poisoning was launched this week in parliament.

A two-year agenda has been set out by the new body, that will see working groups established to outline work on broader issue of policy, healthcare and epidemiology, as well as technology and innovation.

The launch event has been sponsored by the Gas Safety Trust (GST) and was overseen by MP Alex Cunningham.

A key objective for ICORN will be to create an ‘Expert Consensus Statement’ that is intended to produce a guide for stakeholders on best clinical practice and the changing roles of technology and patient treatment.

Alongside looking at options for aiding recovery to those exposed to CO at dangerous levels, the document is also intended to create more formal approaches to tackling health risks and identifying where further clinical and industry research may be needed.

GST chair Chris Bielby said the formation of ICORN was overdue and much needed for supporting public health initiatives and setting guiding future policy around CO poisoning.

He said, “It fits neatly with our long term aims, will help us better target our resources, and will coordinate the global effort to prevent CO poisoning.”

“I hope that organisations with an interest in preventing CO poisoning, will look at how they can support the network, and researchers working in this area will consider being a part of this initiative.”

Plans to launch an international network focused on building greater international collaboration between researchers and industry were agreed on the back of the International Conference on Carbon Monoxide Risk Assessment and Risk Management.

Secretariat services for ICORN will be provided by the Public Risk Management (PRISM) Institute of Toronto as part of this international focus.

The GST has provided funding for a number of studies in recent years as a means to try and bring together knowledge and data to support the gas appliance industry and regulators in formulating new policy.

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