Holger Koch – Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine (IPA), Germany

Sound methods for sound science to support policy – 27 April – 4:55 pm CEST

Discussion on exposure data: modelling vs. measuring– 28 April – 2:15 pm CEST


Dr. Holger M. Koch has actively been involved in performing exposure and risk assessments by means of both ambient and biological monitoring over the last 20 years. He received his degree as a Certified Food Chemist at the Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority, Erlangen, Germany, in 1999, after a year at the NYS Department of Health (Wadsworth Center, Albany) and the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY) in 1996/97. He received his doctoral degree in occupational toxicology in 2006 from the University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, with his doctoral thesis on human metabolism, human-biomonitoring and exposure/risk assessment of the plasticizer DEHP.

Since 2006, Dr. Koch is Head of the Human-Biomonitoring Laboratories at the Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine (IPA) – Institute of the University Bochum, Germany. Together with his active working group (including 10 past and current doctoral students) and with numerous national/international collaborations he has (co-)authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications on exposure and risk assessment of occupational and environmental chemicals such as plasticizers, bisphenols, parabens, sunscreens and pesticides.

Dr. Koch is member of the Human Biomonitoring Commission of the German Environment Agency (UBA) and co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health (IJHEH). Dr. Koch is listed Highly Cited Researcher by Web of Science/Clarivate Analytics.


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.