History

  • 1973: The recommendations established by a WHO-FAO-IAEA committee suggested the creation of an institute dedicated to the study of trace elements, declaring “… the UN organizations, including WHO, and other organizations should encourage and support the creation of international centers for the study of trace elements in humans…” [in French] (Série de Rapports Techniques, N°532, OMS, Genève)

  • 1982: Creation of a documentation center on trace elements by the club UNESCO du Rhône (Lyon, France), supervised by Pr Guy Chazot.

  • 1992: Foundation of the Institute under the auspices of Federico Mayor, Director-General of UNESCO.

  • June 11, 1986: Official opening of the Institute by Federico Mayor.

  • 1998: Fifth ISTERH (International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans) Congress in Lyon, France.

  • 1999-2016: Worldwide development of satellite centers for research and education.

  • September 2005: Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, recognizes the Institute as NGO in operational relation to UNESCO.

  • October 2007: UNESCO-TEU-OMS symposium: Expert consultation on the implication of micronutrients in intellectual development.

  • 2009: TEU establishment in Valence, France, with the support of the local and regional administrations.

  • September 2009: Official medical training body authorization (now called DPC) obtained.

  • October 2011: TEU establishment within the Laënnec Faculty of Medicine, Lyon, France.