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What is HBM4EU?

HBM4EU stands for “Human Biomonitoring for Europe”. The main aim of the initiative is to coordinate and advance human biomonitoring in Europe.

Who does HBM4EU consist of?

HBM4EU is a joint effort of 28 countries, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, co-funded under Horizon 2020. The HBM4EU initiative represents a novel collaboration between scientists and chemical risk assessors and risk managers, including several Commission services, European agencies and national representatives. The project will build bridges between the research and policy […]

What is human biomonitoring?

People are exposed to a complex mixture of chemicals in their daily lives through the environment, consumer products, food and drinking water and at work. Human biomonitoring allows the measurement of exposure to chemicals by measuring either the substances themselves, their metabolites or markers of subsequent health effects in body fluids or tissues. Human biomonitoring […]

How will HBM4EU initiative work with human biomonitoring?

HBM4EU will use Human Biomonitoring to assess human exposure to chemicals in Europe, to better understand the associated health impacts and to improve chemical risk assessment. Despite the existence of human biomonitoring programmes at national level and the large number of research and development projects ongoing both at national and European Union level, there is […]

What are the main objectives of HBM4EU?

Harmonise procedures and tools for human biomonitoring at European Union level; Provide and, where missing, generate internal exposure data and link this data to external exposure and the relevant exposure pathways; Develop novel methods to identify human internal exposure to environmental and occupational chemicals and establish the causal links with human health effects; Provide policy-makers […]