Engagement with stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations representing environmental, health and consumer priorities, as well as trade unions and representatives of industry, is crucial to the success and sustainability of the HBM4EU project.
An introductory brochure entitled “HBM4EU An introduction for stakeholders” is available for download.
HBM4EU stakeholders will play a key role in:
• Understanding societal challenges and needs
• Setting research priorities that address those needs
• Ensuring that HBM4EU-related activities are legitimate and credible
• Communicating HBM4EU results to different audiences to ensure the exploitation of results
• Implementing procedures that are transparent and accountable
• Delivering result that respond to societal needs, thereby generating benefits for society
• Acting as multipliers in the dissemination and communication of HBM4EU results
The HBM4EU contact point for Stakeholders, the Austrian Environment Agency, is facilitating an on-going dialogue with stakeholders to ensure that a broad range of views are represented in the project. Stakeholder involvement offers many possibilities to enhance HBM4EU work.
Stakeholder input to the identification of priority substances and priorities for research on health effects can help to ensure that HBM4EU research addresses genuine societal concerns, and can stimulate the development of safer substitutes. Engaging with stakeholders will draw in the perspectives of consumers and patients and ensure that relevant issues are addressed under HBM4EU.
By engaging with stakeholders as multipliers in the dissemination of results, HBM4EU will contribute to increasing transparency about exposure to chemicals via consumer products and at the work place, as well as fostering the broader exchange of information in international networks.
The Stakeholder Forum is the formal channel for stakeholder input to the HBM4EU project and was established in May 2017. The members of the Stakeholder Forum were selected by the HBM4EU Management Board and the EU Policy Board and include the following:
- Chem Trust
- Downstream Users of Chemical Co-ordination Group (DUCC)
- European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UAPME)
- European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
- European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
- European Environment Bureau (EEB)
- European Patients Forum
- European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
- Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
- Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF)
The Stakeholder Forum will meet once annually at a minimum, back to back with the Governing Board, with a first meeting foreseen for September 2017.
The Stakeholder Forum will be invited to provide strategic input to key HBM4EU processes. The HBM4EU partners will engage actively with the Stakeholder Forum, through workshops and written requests for input. HBM4EU partners will also be available for meetings with key stakeholders, organised via the Stakeholder Forum, to address ongoing questions and concerns and provide feedback.