The National Health Commission endorsed a new set of regulations and procedures for health impact assessment (HIA), which allows concerned organizations to apply them by themselves that creates participation and reduces conflicts in the society. It is aimed at decreasing the health impacts of projects, plans and policies at all levels on the health of people and communities. Despite the improvement of regulations and procedures, the key is to really impose them.
The National Health Commission made the endorsement in its meeting at Government House on May 19, 2016. Deputy Prime Minister Narong Pipatanasai chaired the meeting and also presented there were Social Development and Human Security Minister Adul Sangsingkeo, Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, and national health commissioners from other organizations.
Adm Narong said the National Health Commission approved the 2nd Announcement of the National Health Commission on Regulations and Procedures for the Assessment of Health Impacts of Public Policies. The approval is in compliance with the duty of the commission under Section 25(5) of the National Health Act. It is an amendment to the 1st Announcement of the National Health Commission on Regulations and Procedures for the Assessment of Health Impacts of Publi