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Give us information about certification for pneumoconiosis-induced lung cancer
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Give us information about certification for pneumoconiosis-induced lung cancer in France or other countries.

The Japanese labor insurance law has a certification criteria for official victims with pneumoconiosis-complicating lung cancer, according to which their lung cancer is certified to be eligible for insurance benefits only when their pneumoconiosis falls into the fourth control category (i.e. severest) of the statutory pneumoconiosis classifying scheme.

This restrictive guidance has resulted in denying official certification to a number of victims with primary lung cancer under the pretext that their pneumoconiosis was not sufficiently severe to be ranked into the 4th category. A lot of rejected pneumoconiosis victims have brought their cases to the court to nullify the rulings. (The Japanese labor insurance scheme distinguishes asbestosis from other pneumoconiosises. Another criteria, therefore, is used to determine asbesto-induced lung cancer.)

Recently IARC decided that the carcinogenecity of crystalline silica should be among the group 1 The decision seems to have important implications for the future occupational health policy of Governments. Also, it has been reported that the primary lung cancer suffered by the victims with pneumoconiosis classified into 1/1 of the ILO's classification was included in the official occupational disease list for compensation as early as in 1992 in UK.

Now, we want to obtain information about the case of France. We have heard that French authorities decided the lung cancer occurring in pneumoconiosis victims to be listed in the official occupational disease table. But we have no detailed information or relevant documents. If you have some information about the case in France, please contact us. In addition, if you know any Internet sites where the French Occupational Disease list is accessible, please tell us its address.

We want to introduce into Japan the new international trend represented by IARC's decision. If you have any information about other countries, please inform us of it. Please contact us.

by KATAOKA Akihiko
Kansai occupational Safety and Health Center

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