Consortium to perform human biomonitoring on a European Scale
human biomonitoring for europe
a harmonized approach is feasible
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The 10th edition of the LIFE Environment Awards took place in Brussels in June 2014. This annual event is a means of acknowledging the work of the most outstanding LIFE Environment projects completed by the end of the previous calendar year. Its importance was highlighted by the presence of Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency.


In his keynote address, Dr Bruyninckx said: “Many of the issues that have been tackled in LIFE projects have found their way into the EEA’s reporting and our knowledge base, so we have a keen interest in the work that all of you have been doing.”

The publication BEST LIFE Environment projects 2013 highlights on DEMOCOPHES that the study was shown to be very instructive. It highlighted clear links that could be used for policymaking at national, EU and international level.

In June 2014, the Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation started the negotiation process to define needs, potentials and possibilities for a European programme with representatives from Member States, stakeholders and representatives of European agencies/ services interested in using biomonitoring data for policymaking. “In this way a proposal for a European programme, supported by all involved, should be worked out,” explains Ms Aerts. “I hope that the results of DEMOCOPHES will thus lead to a European programme in support of policy decisions regarding REACH, pesticides, biocides, cosmetics, smoking and food safety regulations.

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