In an article published on December 22, 2016 by the regulatory news provider Chemical Watch,editor Andrew Turley reported on the launch event for the European Human Biomonitoring Initiative (HBM4EU), which took place in Brussels on December 8, 2016, followed by a stakeholder consultation on the next day. The full event can be watched online, and speaker presentations are also available.

HBM4EU is expected to provide better evidence of the actual chemical exposures along with the possible health effects, in support of policy decisions (FPF reported). The program will start on January 1, 2017, and will run until 2021. Substance groups prioritized for initial focus include phthalates and alternative plasticizer DINCH (1,2-cyclohexane dicarboxylic acid diisononyl ester, CAS 166412-78-8), bisphenols, per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFASs), flame retardants, cadmium and chromium, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and anilines, but also “chemical mixtures,” and “emerging substances.” Further prioritization rounds are planned for 2017-2018 and 2020-2021.

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Andrew Turley (December 22, 2016). “Human biomonitoring programme “paramount” to chemical regulation, says Commission.Chemical Watch

Health and Environment Alliance (December 19, 2016). “EU Human Bio-Monitoring initiative launched.