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The broad range of national experience held by HBM4EU partners will contribute a diversity of skills and solid expertise to training and capacity activities. We will generate added value in terms of increased scientific excellence, through an exchange of expertise, including training to promote the use of common methods and protocols. In this way, the HBM4EU will promote the adoption of best practice in HBM activities across Europe.

The HBM4EU training programme includes both basic courses, targeted courses, workshops, and train-the-trainer sessions, as well as capacity building for PhD students. The programme is being developed on the basis of a survey of needs of HBM4EU partners, matched against available training capacities and is intended to serve the HBM4EU partners. Certain events may be made open to external participants, on the basis of availability.

Up coming HBM4EU trainings

HBM4EU Workshop ‘Chemical Mixtures: Lessons we are learning from HBM4EU’ will take place on line on the 14-15 October 2021.

Risk assessment of chemical mixtures is complex and poses a number of challenges for scientists, risk assessors and managers, due to the large number of chemicals present in the environment. The HBM4EU project addresses how human biomonitoring (HBM) data can contribute to both the science and policy/regulation of dealing with the phenomenon of mixtures. Within the HBM4EU project, the focus for chemical mixtures is on chemicals with exposure routes through the environment, food, occupation and/or consumer products.

With the aim to improve current procedures for risk assessment of chemical mixtures, various approaches are being investigated within HBM4EU. These include: i) estimating exposure to mixtures through differential network analyses of existing HBM data, ii) estimating exposure to pesticide mixtures using suspect screening analyses of citizens living in ‘hot spot’ versus ‘control’ areas, and iii) establishing an advanced workflow for assessing mixture health effects. These activities are carried out by HBM4EU partners working closely together and in dialogue with EU regulatory agencies and similar initiatives in the EU. Based on the results obtained thus far, recommendations for risk assessment of chemical mixtures and for further research have been drafted.

The overall aim of the workshop is to discuss recommendations for further research and for policy development regarding chemical mixtures, using the insights and lessons being learned? within HBM4EU. This involves, firstly, to share these insights across the partnership and stakeholders involved; then, on these shared and overarching insights, their implications for research and policy development can be jointly assessed. The recommendations will be outlined in D15.8 ‘Report on policy recommendations and future research avenues on mixtures’. Since not all inputs from all tasks could be harvested in time due to COVID-19 implications, some mock data may need to be used. As a consequence, the recommendations in D15.8 may have a preliminary character and an update may be supplied around May 2022 in a hand-over document to PARC.

To share the lessons learnt and sketch the regulatory context, a series of four pre-conference webinars are foreseen, open to HBM4EU partners and involved stakeholders. These involve:

  1. Patterns in real-life exposures to mixtures; results from network analyses in WP15.1.
  2. Health risk from exposure to mixtures; results from the case studies in WP15.3
  3. Suspect screening of mixtures; results from the SPECIMEn pesticide study in WP15.2
  4. EC’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability; context of mixture risk assessment and management

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