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Depleted Uranium Oversight Board - Draft Terms of Reference

DU Oversight Board - Terms of Reference

1. The purpose of the Depleted Uranium Oversight Board is to:

  1. Oversee and co-ordinate the process of letting the contracts, and undertaking testing, for uranium isotopes in urine to assess historical exposure to DU.
  1. Act as a Project Board, to direct, endorse and oversee the work of the MOD Project Manager who will:
     
      1. Develop a draft Statement of Requirement for a DU sampling protocol, a chain of custody for samples and a quality control protocol for endorsement by the Board.
      2. Invite proposals for testing.
      3. Prepare an assessment of proposals received.
      4. Manage a pilot study to demonstrate the performance, precision, accuracy and validity of the method, including the techniques for collecting, splitting, storing, transporting and analysing samples.
         
  2. If satisfactory methods of testing can be established, agree proposals for one or more epidemiological studies using those methods, to determine the distribution and determinants of excretion of uranium isotopes in urine, and to explore the relation of historical exposure to DU to possible biological and health effects.
  1. If satisfactory methods of testing can be established, agree arrangements for testing additional individuals who are not part of the epidemiological studies. These will include the arrangements for the involvement and briefing of GPs, and procedures for any accompanying medical assessment.
  1. Monitor progress of the testing, including auditing and quality assurance of the data.
  1. Ensure that the findings of the testing and research are appropriately promulgated.
  1. Report to the Under-Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans' Affairs, on progress issues and concerns.

2. The Oversight Board will explore and advise on other possible methods of historical exposure assessment.

3. The Oversight Board will be invited to comment on:

  1. The development of biological monitoring tests to be used by MOD for future operations where DU is used.
  1. Proposed epidemiological studies to examine possible ill-health effects of service in the Balkans.
  1. Possible arrangements for a Veterans' Assessment Centre