Governing Board

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The Governing Board consists of the Programme Owners of the participating countries and representatives of the European Union agencies; European Environment Agency, European Food Safety Authority and European Chemicals Agency.

The Governing Board convenes once a year and is the highest-level decision making body of the initiative. The Board ensures the political engagement of the partner countries and the European Union agencies in HBM4EU.

The current Chair of the Governing Board is Thomas Jakl of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.

The Vice-Chair is Karen van Campenhout of the Flemish Department of Environment, Nature and Energy.

The role of the Governing Board is to:

  • Approve the annual work plans and annual summary reports
  • Provide guidance on significant contractual issues such as the termination of beneficiaries or the addition of new beneficiaries
  • Monitor progress and approve project milestones
  • Approve the ethical and legal framework for the project, as well as the Data Management Plan
  • Support the Management Board in developing a long-term sustainability plan for human biomonitoring in Europe

The Governing Board strives to reach decisions by consensus. If consensus cannot be reached, the Governing Board will vote on different options. Quorum and voting arrangements for the Governing Board are set in the Consortium Agreement. At annual meetings of the Governing Board, members may be accompanied by a technical person.


The HBM4EU project was launched in 2016 with the aim of improving the collective understanding of human exposure to hazardous chemicals and developing HBM as an exposure assessment method. The project had €74m in funding and jointly implemented by 120 partners from 28 participating countries – 24 EU member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Israel and the European Environment Agency. One of its aims was to ensure the sustainability of HBM in the EU beyond 2021. The project ended in June 2022. The website will not be updated any longer, except the page on peer reviewed publications, but will be online until 2032.