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Meetings related to HBM as policy tools

     

    1. From HUMAN BIOMONITORING to European and national policies: meeting the MS representatives

    The international conference, taking place in Paris on 17 September 2012, was hosted by the French Ministry of Health and addressed Member State Authorities and Stakeholder concerned with Environment and Health, Chemical policies (REACH, endocrine disruptors, mercury, Stockholm Convention, EDC, etc), Product, biocides, pesticides, cosmetics or smoking policies, with Food chain safety, public health services or environmental monitoring. The meeting aimed at intensifying the dialogue between the COPHES consortium and decisions makers from relevant Member States institutions and to generate a feedback to the European Commission. The aim of this policy makers meeting was to discuss the draft concept for a European HBM framework between Member States and Commission Services. Based on a key note speech on HBM in policy making and examples of successful national HBM programmes in Europe and other countries and panel discussion about potential uses in environmental and health policy, there was roundtable discussion related to operational aspects linked to the draft concept. The meeting concluded about the potential and added value of a European guiding framework and exchange and decision platform. With a working group as a first step.

    The agenda and all presentations are available to view here (pdf):

    Agenda Policy Makers Meeting Paris

    HBM and the Parma commitment to Act - Andrej Egorov

    Infrastructures and procedures for a sustainable HBM applied in NHANES - Antonia Calafat

    Framework and administrative infrastructure for HBM in Canada - Douglas Haynes

    Potential and advantages of HBM in policy making - Lisbeth E. Knudsen

    Draft concept for a sustainable HBM framework for Europe - Anke Joas

     

    2. European Authorities Scientific Expert meeting on Use of Human Biomonitoring as a policy tool on mid & long-term perspective

    The expert workshop, taking place in Brussels on 02 Febuary 2012, was hosted by DG Research and Innovation and addressed Commission Directorates General dealing with the assessment and management of chemical risks, as well as the related European agencies and scientific Committees. The meeting aimed at intensifying the dialogue between the COPHES consortium and key scientists and decisions makers from relevant European institutions. Discussions were focused on how EU policy makers and other relevant end-users could take advantage of the work carried out by COPHES and DEMOCOPHES in policy making and to explore the way forward to a sustainable HBM framework. The meeting highlighted the potential and added value of HBM in risk assessment and risk management, as well as options for integration in of HBM in policies, institutions and surveillance schemes.

    The agenda and all presentations are available to view here (pdf):

    Agenda Scientific Expert meeting Brussels

      Introduction (DEMO)COPHES - Pierre Biot

      HBM as a policy tool - Reinhard Joas

      Role and potential of HBM – Juergen Angerer

      Role and potential of HBM – Lisbeth Knudsen

      Identification and selection mechanisms for substances – Marike Kolossa

      Data interpretation & integration – Greet Schoeters

      Data availability & storage – Ludwine Casteleyn

      Options for a sustainable HBM framework in Europe – Anke Joas

      HBM in EU funded research – Tuomo Karjalainen

       

      3. EU Decision Makers Meeting on Use of  Human Biomonitoring (HBM) for policy making

      The meeting, which was held on 04 May 2011 in Munich, was targeting at stakeholders involved in environment and health policy at European Institutions. During the meeting, the state of the art of HBM, latest developments towards a more harmonized approach in Europe as well as corresponding expectations and requirements from the point of view of European institutions, industry and NGO were presented giving the possibility to discuss priorities for a future European HBM network.

      The presentations are available to view here (pdf):

      Agenda Decision Makers Meeting Munich

      State of the art of HBM - Reinhard Joas; Ludwine Casteleyn; Pierre Biot; Anke Joas

      HBM data in risk assessment - Takis Daskaleros

      Implementation of Parma commitments - Andrey Egorov

      Biomarkers in risk assessment - Claudia Heppner

      Needs and potential for HBM in Europe -Reinhard Joas; Ludwine Casteleyn; Pierre Biot; Anke Joas

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      PROJECT LEADERS:
        Dr. Reinhard Joas BiPRO GmbH, Munich, Germany
        Dr. Ludwine Casteleyn, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
        Dr. Anke Joas BiPRO GmbH, Munich, Germany