HBM4EU Priority Substances

The first list of HBM4EU priority substances was identified in 2016 and includes:

  • Aniline family
  • Bisphenols
  • Cadmium and chromium VI
  • Chemical mixtures
  • Emerging substances
  • Flame retardants
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Per-/poly-fluorinated compounds
  • Phthalates and Hexamoll® DINCH

A second round of prioritisation was conducted from 2017 to 2018. The second list of HBM4EU priority substances includes:

  • Acrylamide
  • Aprotic solvents
  • Arsenic
  • Diisocyanates
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Mycotoxins
  • Pesticides
  • Benzophenones

Information on substance classification, policy-related research questions and research objectives for each substance is captured in the scoping documents for the first list of priority substances and the scoping document for the second list of substances

These scoping documents formed the basis for the development of activities for inclusion in the annual action plans for HBM4EU. For the most updated version and recent information, please refer to the substance specific webpages.

Work has continuously been developed throughout 2018-2019 for the first list of substances. The latest results are available in the Reporting for first set of Substances 2019 and on each substance webpage.

A third round of prioritisation is foreseen for 2020 to 2021. The aim of this third round will be to identify priorities for research under a future European human biomonitoring initiative post 2021.