Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Cophes: European Network on Human Biomonitoring

Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Cophes: European Network on Human Biomonitoring

Article excerpt

Human biomonitoring (HBM) is an effective tool to assess human exposure to environmental substances and in some cases their potential health risks. It is seen as an essential element in a strategy for environmental health impact assessment.

In support of the European Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010, European scientists and stakeholders from 35 institutions in 27 European countries formed a Consortium to Perform Human Biomonitoring on a European Scale - COPHES, funded by the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013).

They will develop a functional framework allowing the collection of comparable HBM data throughout Europe. Indeed, currently the many studies in EU too often gather fragmented data that do not allow full exploitation. The framework will also include a roadmap for integration of HBM data with environmental and health information and will address ethical aspects specific for the collection and storage of human material and data.

Improved comparability of European HBM data will allow cross boundary evaluation of human exposure and support the elaboration of background levels and guidance values. This will facilitate, for example, the identification of potential high exposure populations or subpopulations and lead to focused research projects.

HBM is an important tool to support environment and health policy making. It allows superior quantification of exposure of the general European population to existing and emerging environmental substances. …

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