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. An updated version “HBM4EU Stakeholder Brochure 2018” was published in September 2018 and is available as well.

HBM4EU stakeholders play a key role in:

• Understanding societal challenges and needs
• Setting research priorities that address those needs
• Ensuring that HBM4EU activities are legitimate and credible
• Implementing procedures that are transparent and accountable
• Delivering result that respond to societal needs and  generate benefits for society
• Acting as multipliers in the dissemination 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.