HBM4EU is a joint effort of 30 countries, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, co-funded under Horizon 2020.
The initiative is coordinating and advancing human biomonitoring in Europe. HBM4EU is generating evidence of the actual exposure of citizens to chemicals and the possible health effects in order to support policy making.
The HBM4EU initiative represents a novel collaboration between scientists and chemical risk assessors and risk managers, including several Commission services, EU agencies and representatives for the national level. The project has built bridges between the research and policy worlds in order to deliver benefits to society in terms of enhanced chemical safety.
HBM4EU is a five year project, that kicked off in 2017 and will run to the end of 2021.
In developing priorities for HBM4EU under the first annual work plan, the consortium conducted a prioritisation exercise in 2016 to identify those substances to be the focus of activities. A second round of prioritisation was conducted from 2017 to 2018. A third round of prioritisation is foreseen for 2020 to 2021, with the aim of feeding into a future initiative.
Coordination : German Environment Agency (Umwelt Bundesamt Germany)
Funding scheme : European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
Web-link : https://www.hbm4eu.eu