Thomas Jakl – Deputy Director General, Chemicals Policy, Austrian Environment Ministry, HBM4EU Governing Board Chair

The HBM4EU Link to Policy – 27 April – 9:30 am CEST



Austrian Environment Ministry, DG for, Environment and Circular Economy – Deputy Director General; Head of  Department responsible for risk assessment and risk management of industrial chemicals; Head of EU – Presidency Delegation for international negotiations in the field of Chemicals policy during the Austrian – EU Council Presidencies (1998, 2006, 2018) Former President of EU – Council working group on REACH; Former President of the EU Council working group on international environmental policy (Chemicals)



Fed. Ministry for Environment – Deputy Director General

HBM4EU (EU – wide initiative on Human Biomonitoring; Horizon 2020 EU – funded)

Chair of the Governing board, “Ambassador”;

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – Member of Management board (2007-2016; Chair from  2008 to 2012)

Austrian Federal Agency for Site Remediation – Chair of Supervisory board

Austrian Federal Environment Agency – Deputy chair of Supervisory Board



Plant physiologist, PhD, MSc Earth Sciences;

Frequent Publisher of Articles in the Fields of Science and Environment related issues (High Quality Newspapers, Journals, Books – Initiator and Co Author of “Chemical Leasing” and “Chemical Leasing goes global”, Springer Vienna-New York).

Winner of most important Austrian “Environment – Award” in the field of Journalism,

Winner of the EU – “Genius” Award for “Chemical Leasing”;

Lecturer at various universities;



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.