About InVS

Published on 07/12/2011 - Latest update on 27/10/2015

Organization chart

The InVS is headed by François Bourdillon, supported by a deputy director. The institute is composed of:

  • the Directorate-General, has 3 membres : The Excutive Director (“Directeur Général”), the Deputy Director (“Directeur Général Adjoint”), the Scientific Director (“Directeur scientifique”);
  • the head of science office coordinates the scientific strategy including prevention of conflicts of interests, evaluation of scientific programmes, dissemination of scientific outputs, training and capacity building, access to medico-administrative data bases, and quality management;
  • the department of coordination of alert and regional offices is responsible for the design and implementation of preparedness plans for InVS, for the coordination of the activities of InVS at the regional level, and for the implementation of (near) real-time non specific surveillance;
  • four scientific departments:
    - department of infectious diseases
    - department of environmental health
    - department of occupational health
    - department of chronic diseases and injuries;
  • five service departments:
    - communication department
    - documentation department
    - information systems department
    - financial, logistic and economic department
    - human resources department.

The Interregional epidemiology units (Cellules interrégionales d’épidémiologie, CIRE) are meant to use locally InVS know-how and act on behalf of InVS. The CIRE are located within regional health offices (Agences régionales de santé, ARS). The CIRE provide methodological support to the decentralised State agencies and their experts skills and analyses that do not depend on health alert signals. They coordinate regional health surveillance, on behalf of InVS. There are 17 CIRE, 15 in metropolitan France and two overseas. Nine of them supervise various regions, and eight supervise only one region.

The InVS has a Management Board of 23 members (thereof 11 State representatives) responsible for determining the institute’s overall strategic direction, its programme of activities, and the human and financial resources necessary for implementing these directions and activities. The Scientific Council of 17 members ensures the consistency of the Institute’s scientific policy.

In 2014, InVS has a budget of 60.06 million Euros and a staff of 432, mainly epidemiologists from various health disciplines and information sciences.

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