The Antipoison Center has the status of Royal Public Utility Foundation. The amount of the subsidy allocated to the Poisons Center is fixed by the Federal Minister of Public Health within the framework of the emergency medical aid. The Antipoison Center receives more than 50,000 calls a year. Founded in 1963, the permanence is accessible day and night to the public as well as to the professionals of the health.
The most important activities of the Poison Center are: maintaining emergency toxicological information; The management of important scientific literature on toxic agents; Organization of access to antidotes; Toxicovigilance. The main activity remains emergency (non-urgent) assistance by telephone in case of poisoning . In 2014, the Center received 54,207 calls, corresponding to more or less 150 calls per day. Approximately half of the appeals are from adults, and in one-third of the cases children are under 4 years of age. The Center also maintains extensive documentation of toxic agents.
Manufacturers of hazardous preparations must deposit the confidential composition of their products at the Center. Initially , the chemical and pharmaceutical industries entrusted their compositions on a voluntary basis. Since then, regulations have been adopted which deal with and organize the transmission of information. The Center also has a stock of antidotes available for the emergency treatment of inpatients. The Poison Center was founded in 1963 by Madam D r Monique Govaerts after its positive experiences within the Poison Centres Boston , New York and Los Angeles .
In February 1964, the Belgian Center received its first call. In 1968, the offices moved from the roadway of Vleurgat to new premises at Joseph Stallaert Street in Ixelles . The Centre has seen increased activity: in 1989 he received its 500,000 th call. In 1996, the Antipoison Center finally settled at the Reine Astrid military hospital in Neder-Over-Heembeek . The death of D r Govaerts in 1999 did not affect the activities of the Centre, which has already processed more than 1.6 million call