Project work packages
COPHES aims at building a sustainable framework for HBM surveys in Europe and increase the comparability of data across countries. A key step in such a framework is the elaboration of common guidelines for setting up surveys.
Adequate recruitment and sampling procedures are the first step towards a successful HBM study. Knowing that, COPHES provided scientific support for a harmonised recruitment of study participants and the collection of samples in a European population-based HBM study.
Harmonisation of procedures and criteria for quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) in relation to both pre-analytical and analytical phases are essential to establish a coherent approach to HBM in Europe.
For a coordinated and harmonised approach to HBM in Europe, a common procedure for data management, quality control of the database, data analysis and data interpretation is essential.
COPHES has been developed a dynamic communication strategy for the dissemination of results and key messages to all stakeholders.
Training is an essential element to mitigate the difficulties due to the different practices and levels of expertise in participating countries and to ensure comparability of approaches.
COPHES takes into account the newest results in biomarker developments.
The need for a European HBM framework is now widely recognised.
The coordination and management covered the administrative support to the consortium of 35 partners from 27 European countries including establishment of management and organisational structures for a coordinated and targeted cooperation.