The Belgian Superior Health Council has concluded that a series of
studies published by a team of Belgian researchers does not provide
clear evidence that swimming in chlorinated pools poses an asthma
Research has drawn international attention since 2002 and was
examined at the behest of the Belgian minister of public health.
Council experts identified flaws in the performed study
descriptions and noted that the obtained results were not confirmed
by other researchers.
Researchers, including Dr. Alfred Bernard, a professor of
toxicology at Catholic University of Louvain, stated that though
this relationship between swimming pool attendance and childhood
asthma had not been confirmed, it could not yet be excluded.
According to reports, the World Chlorine Council and other
organizations will continue to monitor health effects of
chlorinated swimming pools.