1st Prioritisation process

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The 1st prioritisation process performed in 2015 was undertaken by:

  • national and European representatives
  • members of the Steering Group for the 2nd EU HBM Initiative organised by the DG RTD

The process was implemented during the phase of project development on the basis of a set of prioritisation criteria agreed within the consortium. The resulting 1st list of priority substances is:

  • Phthalates & DINCH
  • Poly/perfluorinated substances (PFAS)
  • Bisphenols
  • Flame retardants
  • Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Cadmium & chromium VI
  • Anilines
  • Mixtures
  • Emerging substances

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.