Ovnair Sepai – National Hub Coordinator, Principal Toxicologist at UK Health Security Agency

National Hubs – integral to the success and sustainability of HBM in Europe – 27 April – 11:55 pm CEST

The National hubs have evolved over the 5 years of HBM4EU, they are integral to the success and sustainability of a HBM platform for Europe. This talk summarises some of the achievements of the National Hubs over the last 5 years and explores how the HBM studies have evolved at a national level. In some countries HBM is used as a tool for awareness raising and in other is it integrated into national policy. The talk will explore the advantages of a national programme and how HBM4EU has supported the development of national capacity and national policy development in the area of chemical safety.

Dr Ovnair Sepai is Principal Toxicologists with over 25 years’ experience in the development of human biomonitoring studies for both environmental and occupation health evaluation.  She heads a team of toxicologists with a core remit to advise UK Government on the health impacts of chemicals in drinking water, waste management, contaminated soil, and consumer products. Dr Sepai represented the UK on a number of EU human biomonitoring projects including COPHES/DEMOCOPHES. She is the National Hub Coordinator and Grant Signatory for the UK in HBM4EU.