A number of key steps have to be taken before launching a wide-ranging survey. During the first months of the project, each participating country had to translate and adapt the COPHES study protocol to fit its own circumstances and to prepare for implementation.
Recruitment and sampling started in September 2011 with the publication of an EU press release and national press releases; the pilot study received press coverage in several countries.
For the laboratories analysing the DEMOCOPHES samples, effective capacity-building along with a strict quality assurance and control process took more than one year before obtaining comparable HBM measurements.
A statistical working group considered a number of issues with respect to data analysis and interpretation. These were discussed at two training sessions: December 2011 in Brussels and March 2012 in Copenhagen.
Communication was a key task throughout the project, from the recruitment phase until the publication of the results. National team coordinators were trained during 2 workshops: December 2011 in Brussels and March 2012 in Copenhagen.
Feasibility and usefulness of human biomonitoring for policy making.
Sharing the responsibilities.