As a first step, HBM4EU will identify and collate existing human biomonitoring data that is held by our broad range of partners in 26 countries across Europe. We will review this data against current policy questions, to determine what questions might be addressed by currently available data.
Where we identify gaps in the available evidence, we will generate new human biomonitoring data through the implementation of targeted surveys and the analysis of biobanked samples.
In order to ensure that our work with data respects all relevant ethics and legal requirements at both national and European level, we are developing a Data Management Plan.
It is a principle aim of the project to increase the availability of human biomonitoring data to policy makers, stakeholders and the broader research community, in order to multiply the benefits that can be generated through its use.
As such, all human biomonitoring data generated under the project will be made available via IPCHEM – the Information Platform for Chemical Monitoring. Existing data used under HBM4EU will also be made available via IPCHEM to the extent possible while respecting all ethics and legal restrictions that might apply.
IPCHEM is the reference access point for discovering chemical monitoring data collections which are managed by and are available to European Commission bodies, Member States, international and national organisations and research communities.
The Platform aims to support a more coordinated approach for collecting, storing, accessing and assessing data related to the occurrence of chemicals and chemical mixtures, in relation to humans and the environment. “This would help identify links between exposure and epidemiological data in order to explore potential biological effects and lead to improved health outcomes” [EC Communication “The combination effects of chemicals – Chemical mixtures” (COM/2012/0252 final)].
IPCHEM is designed and implemented as a de-centralised system, providing remote access to existing information systems and data providers.