European Human Biomonitoring Initiative (HBM4EU)


Within the scope of the European Human Biomonitoring Initiative (HBM4EU) and the work that has been developed for Work package 7 – Survey design and fieldwork preparation, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMUL) is creating an inventory of studies for the following nine prioritised groups of substances:



HBM4EU will draw on existing scientific excellence and build capacities to establish a European Human Biomonitoring Platform, with the aim of harmonizing human biomonitoring activities in our 26 partner countries. National Hubs have been established in each country to coordinate activities, in order to create a robust Human Biomonitoring Platform at pan-European level. This platform will deliver comparable European data on human exposure to chemicals and mixtures of chemicals to policy makers, as a robust basis for policy making to improve chemical safety.


Because you are, or have been, actively involved in the field (or related field) of "Human biomonitoring" in your country/institution and in studies building the background of the HBM4EU project, we would appreciate if you could provide us all the available information on any concluded (within last 10 years), ongoing or planned (for starting up within the next 5 years) study/project/activity. By study, project or activity, we are not only referring to biomonitoring initiatives but also to epidemiological and health studies (including available biobank samples) with information about the previously mentioned prioritized substances, with the goal of identifying knowledge gaps (including spatial gaps), current exposures (and possibly time-trends), as well as possible policy links to REACH.


We need to collect and analyse these data up till the end of April. Therefore, may we kindly invite you to complete the following form no later than by April 10, 2017.


We also ask you to forward the link of this form ( to all persons/institutions that are active in the field of "Human biomonitoring" in Europe.


Collected data will be analysed all together for reporting about different methodological, organizational and administrative-related issues regarding human biomonitoring study/projects/activities. Metadata will be made available through IPCheM portal (the Information Platform for Chemical Monitoring is a single access point at EU level for discovering chemical monitoring data collections with one module containing HBM data), after explicit authorization of each HBM4EU research principal investigator or responsible.


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Thank you for your collaboration!



*This questionnaire was developed by the Institute of Environmental Health, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, Portugal and supported by a collaborative work with the partners of the HBM4EU Initiative. This constitutes a formal communication and does not necessarily represent the official position of the European Commission or Member States.