The Stakeholder Forum is the formal channel for stakeholder input to the HBM4EU project and was established in May 2017. The members of the Stakeholder Forum were selected by the HBM4EU Management Board and the EU Policy Board on the basis of criteria.
The Stakeholder Forum includes the following:
- Chem Trust
- Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination Group (DUCC)
- European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
- European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
- European Environment Bureau (EEB)
- European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA)
- European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
- Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
- Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN-Europe)
- Plastics Europe
- Small and Medium Enterprises United (SMEunited)
- Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF)
The Stakeholder Forum meets annually, back to back with the Governing Board. The first meeting was held on 5 September 2017. The minutes of the first meeting of the Stakeholder Forum are available here.
The Stakeholder Forum is invited to provide strategic input to key HBM4EU processes. HBM4EU engage actively with the Stakeholder Forum, through workshops and written requests for input.
In 2017, members of the Stakeholder Forum were invited to contribute to the prioritisation of substances for research and analysis under HBM4EU.
For more information on the prioritisation strategy and the role of stakeholders see here.
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.