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Commissions, Working Groups & Committees

During the International Mineralogical Association (IMA) Congress in Melbourne (Australia) on August 15th, 2018 the delegates attending the second business meeting unanimously approved the constitution of the: IMA WORKING GROUP “to clarify issue associated with asbestos and other respirable minerals nomenclature and classification posing a potential health risk.”

ASBESTOS, ASBESTIFORM MINERALS, AND OTHER RESPIRABLE MINERALS THAT POSE POTENTIAL NEGATIVE HEALTH RISKS

Chair Vice-Chair Secretary
Ann WYLIE (USA) Alessandro F. GUALTIERI (ITALY) Bryan BANDLI (USA)
Members
Giovanni B. Andreozzi (Italy)
Mark Bailey (USA)
Bruce W. Case (Canada)
Giancarlo Della Ventura (Italy)
Laurie Glossop (Australia)
Mickey Gunter (USA)
Don Halterman (USA)
Peter Heaney (USA)
Erell Léocat (France)
Brooke T. Mossman (USA)

In the actual scenario, there is ambiguity in the definitions of asbestos and non-asbestos species and this leads to widespread confusion in the regulatory process and consequences for the social and health issues. Ambiguity and miscommunications can lead to unnecessary media hysteria and public alarm! There is NEED FOR UNIQUE CLEAR DEFINITIONS AND CLASSIFICATION. The main goal of the international working group is to open the discussion on the definitions of "fiber", "asbestos", "asbestiform", "EMP", "ECF" and related terms and the role of asbestiform fibers other than asbestos like erionite and ferrierite.