Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Cophes Consortium to Perform Human Biomonitoring on a European Scale (Cophes)

Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Cophes Consortium to Perform Human Biomonitoring on a European Scale (Cophes)

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Human Biomonitoring

In our daily lives, we are constantly exposed to chemical substances. Thanks to human biomonitoring (HBM), we can assess whether and to what extent these substances enter our bodies. By measuring the concentration of chemicals in body fluids or tissues, biomonitoring can provide valuable information on environmental health effects and, in some cases, help address potential health risks. Read more about human biomonitoring on web pages www. eu-hbm. info/cophes/human-biomonitoring .

COPHES: the harmonised approach

After 3 years of work, COPHES and DEMOCOPHES have been able to demonstrate that a more coordinated and harmonised approach to HBM in Europe is possible and can become an important tool to monitor the exposure of Europeans to chemical substances and address potential health effects that may derive from it.

How did it all start?

In 2009, European scientists and stakeholders from 35 institutions in 27 European countries began work towards setting up a European-wide human biomonitoring framework. Funded by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme, COPHES developed a harmonised protocol and standard operating procedures allowing the collection of comparable HBM data throughout Europe. Its twin project DEMOCOPHES was launched one year later to test this protocol and to win information on levels and major determinants of exposure in Europe, as well as to test guidelines for the translation of HBM results into concrete policy recommendations in the countries.

What have we achieved?

DEMOCOPHES measured biomarkers for mercury in human hair and cadmium, phthalates, environmental tobacco smoke as well as bisphenol A in urine from around 1 20 mother-child pairs in the 1 7 participating countries, in total almost 4,000 hair and almost 4,000 urine samples. …

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