Step 10: Governing Board approval of the 2nd list of HBM4EU priority substances

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In May 2018, the draft 2nd list of HBM4EU priority substances was sent to the Governing Board for approval. The Governing Board approved the list.

The 2nd list of HBM4EU priority substances includes:

  • Acrylamide
  • Aprotic solvents
  • Arsenic
  • Diisocyanates
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Mycotoxins
  • Pesticides
  • UV filters – Benzophenones

In May and June 2018, Chemical Substances Group Leaders were identified and started work to develop activities to be implemented regarding each of the substance groups. These activities will then be incorporated into the future HBM4EU annual work plans.

Regarding the substance group on pesticides, HBM4EU partners and the Chemical Substance Group Leader are working collaboratively with the EU Policy Board to develop research priorities. In terms of substances, the pesticides group is expected to include:

    • Chlorpyrifos
    • Dimethoate
    • Pyrethroids
    • The permethrin group
    • Glyphosate and POE-tallowamine
    • Fipronil

Deliverable 4.5 on the 2nd list of HBM4EU priority substances provides a more detailed summary of the rationale for the selection of each substance and group of substances on the 2nd list of HBM4EU Priority Substances. Proposed activities are also outlined in the deliverable 4.5, for consideration by the Chemical Substance Group Leaders.


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.