George Kass – Lead expert, European Food Safety Authority

The use of HBM4EU results from different perspectives for the support of chemical policy and the protection of human health  – 28 April – 4:05pm CEST


George Kass was trained as a biochemist. He received his PhD in biochemical toxicology from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in 1990. After a post-doc at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich he returned to the Karolinska Institute as Assistant Professor. In 1994 he moved to the University of Surrey in the UK where he became Professor of Toxicology. He moved to the European Food Safety Authority in 2009, where is Lead Expert in toxicology.

George Kass was awarded a DSc from the Karolinska Institute and the University of Turku in Finland and he holds or has held visiting posts with the University of Surrey, the National University of Ireland in Galway, Newcastle University, the University of Turku and the University of Rome.

He has published over 140 papers in the field of toxicology and chemical risk assessment. A substantial part of his research has focused on the molecular mechanisms of drug toxicity and on liver injury. Currently, he is Associate Editor of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology and on the editorial board of Chemico-Biological Interactions. In 2020, he was elected to the Académie d’Agriculture de France.


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.