On December 4, 2019, a group of 22 scientists representing government, academic, and industry stakeholders published a joint article in the peer reviewed Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology titled ‘Building a European exposure science strategy.’ The article emphasizes the importance of chemical exposure information in both regulatory and non-regulatory frameworks and raises concerns regarding “increasing diversity in regulations and the lack of a professional identity” that exposure scientists have.

In response, the article reviews trends within the field and “identif[ies] three key needs for advancing and harmonizing exposure science and its application in Europe” as well as “define[s] six long-term activities to address” these needs. The authors specifically propose “creating European networks to maximize synergies with adjacent fields and identify funding opportunities, building common exposure assessment approaches across regulations, providing tiered education and training programmes, developing an aligned and integrated exposure assessment framework, offering best practices guidance, and launching an exposure information exchange platform.”

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Fankte, P., et al. (2019). “Building a European exposure science strategy.” Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. DOI: 10.1038/s41370-019-0193-7.