Marta Esteban López – Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain

The sustainable network of laboratories – the basis of an HBM system in Europe  – 27 April – 4:40 pm CEST

Marta Esteban López is PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health and works as researcher in the National Centre for Environmental Health in the Instituto de Salud Carlos III. Since 2007, she has worked in human biomonitoring (HBM) and has participated in the design and implementation of nation-wide HBM surveys in Spain and in European projects as COPHES, DEMOCOPHES and more recently, in HBM4EU as co-leader of WP9 (Laboratory analysis and quality assurance). She has collaborated in several occasions with WHO in activities related to chemical analysis and quality assurance and quality control in the pre-analytical and analytical phases of human biomonitoring studies.


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.