The Collegium Ramazzini (www.collegiumramazzini.org) was founded in 1982 by the late Professor Irving J. Selikoff of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Its international headquarters are located in the Castello de Bentivoglio near Modena in Italy. The mission of the Collegium is to translate scientific data into public policy in the areas of environmental and occupational medicine. New members of the Collegium are elected by the current members. The Collegium is a nonprofit agency registered in Italy. Funds for the support of the Collegium are obtained from the bequests of private individuals and the dues of members. The Collegium receives no support from government, industry, labour unions, trial lawyers or other groups with a vested interest in the outcomes of the decisions of the Collegium. Individual members of the Collegium have wide and varied interests: some are involved in providing paid consultations to industry and to trial lawyers on various matters including asbestos claims. The Collegium Ramazzini's call for an international ban on asbestos has been published in a number of biomedical journals. As such, it may be freely copied.