Human biomonitoring (HBM)

Human Biomonitoring

A method to assess human exposure to chemicals

In our daily lives, we are constantly exposed to a wide variety of chemicals. With human biomonitoring, it is possible to determine whether and to what extent these substances enter our bodies. Human biomonitoring measures the concentrations of chemical substances in human body fluids or tissues. For example, blood lead levels can be determined for an individual or for a population group. Based on toxicological and epidemiological data, conclusions may then be drawn concerning possible health effects of exposure.

What is human biomonitoring (HBM)?

Human biomonitoring is used to assess whether and to what extent the population is exposed to harmful substances. If necessary, measures can then be taken to protect public health.

…and abroad

Many countries have established human biomonitoring programmes giving an overview of the chemical exposure in the general population. Recently, multidisciplinary studies linking biomonitoring data to other health-related data have been implemented.

Human biomonitoring harmonisation in Europe

DEMOCOPHES is the first coordinated Human biomonitoring study in Europe. The study took place simultaneously in 17 countries across Europe, including Switzerland. The aim of the project was to obtain comparable data on exposure to chemicals.

Last modification 20.08.2018

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