First Steps toward Harmonized Human Biomonitoring in Europe: Demonstration Project to Perform Human Biomonitoring on a European Scale

Elly Den Hond, Eva Govarts, Hanny Willems, Roel Smolders, Ludwine Casteleyn, Marike Kolossa-Gehring, Gerda Schwedler, Margarete Seiwert, Ulrike Fiddicke, Argelia Castaño, Marta Esteban, Jürgen Angerer, Holger M Koch, Birgit K Schindler, Ovnair Sepai, Karen Exley, Louis Bloemen, Milena Horvat, Lisbeth E Knudsen, Anke JoasReinhard Joas, Pierre Biot, Dominique Aerts, Gudrun Koppen, Andromachi Katsonouri, Adamos Hadjipanayis, Andrea Krskova, Marek Maly, Thit A Mørck, Peter Rudnai, Szilvia Kozepesy, Maurice Mulcahy, Rory Mannion, Arno C Gutleb, Marc E Fischer, Danuta Ligocka, Marek Jakubowski, M Fátima Reis, Sónia Namorado, Anca Elena Gurzau, Ioana-Rodica Lupsa, Katarina Halzlova, Michal Jajcaj, Darja Mazej, Janja Snoj Tratnik, Ana López, Estrella Lopez, Marika Berglund, Kristin Larsson, Andrea Lehmann, Pierre Crettaz, Greet Schoeters

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BACKGROUND: For Europe as a whole, data on internal exposure to environmental chemicals do not yet exist. Characterization of the internal individual chemical environment is expected to enhance understanding of the environmental threats to health.
OBJECTIVES: We developed and applied a harmonized protocol to collect comparable human biomonitoring data all over Europe.
METHODS: In 17 European countries, we measured mercury in hair and cotinine, phthalate metabolites, and cadmium in urine of 1,844 children (5-11 years of age) and their mothers. Specimens were collected over a 5-month period in 2011-2012. We obtained information on personal characteristics, environment, and lifestyle. We used the resulting database to compare concentrations of exposure biomarkers within Europe, to identify determinants of exposure, and to compare exposure biomarkers with health-based guidelines.
RESULTS: Biomarker concentrations showed a wide variability in the European population. However, levels in children and mothers were highly correlated. Most biomarker concentrations were below the health-based guidance values.
CONCLUSIONS: We have taken the first steps to assess personal chemical exposures in Europe as a whole. Key success factors were the harmonized protocol development, intensive training and capacity building for field work, chemical analysis and communication, as well as stringent quality control programs for chemical and data analysis. Our project demonstrates the feasibility of a Europe-wide human biomonitoring framework to support the decision-making process of environmental measures to protect public health.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEnvironmental Health Perspectives
Vol/bind123
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)255-63
ISSN0091-6765
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2015

Fingeraftryk

Environmental Monitoring
Health
Mothers
Capacity Building
Cotinine
Process Assessment (Health Care)
Environmental Exposure
Mercury
Hair
Public Health
Communication
Urine
Databases
Guidelines
Population

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Den Hond, Elly ; Govarts, Eva ; Willems, Hanny ; Smolders, Roel ; Casteleyn, Ludwine ; Kolossa-Gehring, Marike ; Schwedler, Gerda ; Seiwert, Margarete ; Fiddicke, Ulrike ; Castaño, Argelia ; Esteban, Marta ; Angerer, Jürgen ; Koch, Holger M ; Schindler, Birgit K ; Sepai, Ovnair ; Exley, Karen ; Bloemen, Louis ; Horvat, Milena ; Knudsen, Lisbeth E ; Joas, Anke ; Joas, Reinhard ; Biot, Pierre ; Aerts, Dominique ; Koppen, Gudrun ; Katsonouri, Andromachi ; Hadjipanayis, Adamos ; Krskova, Andrea ; Maly, Marek ; Mørck, Thit A ; Rudnai, Peter ; Kozepesy, Szilvia ; Mulcahy, Maurice ; Mannion, Rory ; Gutleb, Arno C ; Fischer, Marc E ; Ligocka, Danuta ; Jakubowski, Marek ; Reis, M Fátima ; Namorado, Sónia ; Gurzau, Anca Elena ; Lupsa, Ioana-Rodica ; Halzlova, Katarina ; Jajcaj, Michal ; Mazej, Darja ; Tratnik, Janja Snoj ; López, Ana ; Lopez, Estrella ; Berglund, Marika ; Larsson, Kristin ; Lehmann, Andrea ; Crettaz, Pierre ; Schoeters, Greet. / First Steps toward Harmonized Human Biomonitoring in Europe : Demonstration Project to Perform Human Biomonitoring on a European Scale. I: Environmental Health Perspectives. 2015 ; Bind 123, Nr. 3. s. 255-63.
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Den Hond, E, Govarts, E, Willems, H, Smolders, R, Casteleyn, L, Kolossa-Gehring, M, Schwedler, G, Seiwert, M, Fiddicke, U, Castaño, A, Esteban, M, Angerer, J, Koch, HM, Schindler, BK, Sepai, O, Exley, K, Bloemen, L, Horvat, M, Knudsen, LE, Joas, A, Joas, R, Biot, P, Aerts, D, Koppen, G, Katsonouri, A, Hadjipanayis, A, Krskova, A, Maly, M, Mørck, TA, Rudnai, P, Kozepesy, S, Mulcahy, M, Mannion, R, Gutleb, AC, Fischer, ME, Ligocka, D, Jakubowski, M, Reis, MF, Namorado, S, Gurzau, AE, Lupsa, I-R, Halzlova, K, Jajcaj, M, Mazej, D, Tratnik, JS, López, A, Lopez, E, Berglund, M, Larsson, K, Lehmann, A, Crettaz, P & Schoeters, G 2015, 'First Steps toward Harmonized Human Biomonitoring in Europe: Demonstration Project to Perform Human Biomonitoring on a European Scale', Environmental Health Perspectives, bind 123, nr. 3, s. 255-63. https://doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1408616

First Steps toward Harmonized Human Biomonitoring in Europe : Demonstration Project to Perform Human Biomonitoring on a European Scale. / Den Hond, Elly; Govarts, Eva; Willems, Hanny; Smolders, Roel; Casteleyn, Ludwine; Kolossa-Gehring, Marike; Schwedler, Gerda; Seiwert, Margarete; Fiddicke, Ulrike; Castaño, Argelia; Esteban, Marta; Angerer, Jürgen; Koch, Holger M; Schindler, Birgit K; Sepai, Ovnair; Exley, Karen; Bloemen, Louis; Horvat, Milena; Knudsen, Lisbeth E; Joas, Anke; Joas, Reinhard; Biot, Pierre; Aerts, Dominique; Koppen, Gudrun; Katsonouri, Andromachi; Hadjipanayis, Adamos; Krskova, Andrea; Maly, Marek; Mørck, Thit A; Rudnai, Peter; Kozepesy, Szilvia; Mulcahy, Maurice; Mannion, Rory; Gutleb, Arno C; Fischer, Marc E; Ligocka, Danuta; Jakubowski, Marek; Reis, M Fátima; Namorado, Sónia; Gurzau, Anca Elena; Lupsa, Ioana-Rodica; Halzlova, Katarina; Jajcaj, Michal; Mazej, Darja; Tratnik, Janja Snoj; López, Ana; Lopez, Estrella; Berglund, Marika; Larsson, Kristin; Lehmann, Andrea; Crettaz, Pierre; Schoeters, Greet.

I: Environmental Health Perspectives, Bind 123, Nr. 3, 2015, s. 255-63.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - First Steps toward Harmonized Human Biomonitoring in Europe

T2 - Demonstration Project to Perform Human Biomonitoring on a European Scale

AU - Den Hond, Elly

AU - Govarts, Eva

AU - Willems, Hanny

AU - Smolders, Roel

AU - Casteleyn, Ludwine

AU - Kolossa-Gehring, Marike

AU - Schwedler, Gerda

AU - Seiwert, Margarete

AU - Fiddicke, Ulrike

AU - Castaño, Argelia

AU - Esteban, Marta

AU - Angerer, Jürgen

AU - Koch, Holger M

AU - Schindler, Birgit K

AU - Sepai, Ovnair

AU - Exley, Karen

AU - Bloemen, Louis

AU - Horvat, Milena

AU - Knudsen, Lisbeth E

AU - Joas, Anke

AU - Joas, Reinhard

AU - Biot, Pierre

AU - Aerts, Dominique

AU - Koppen, Gudrun

AU - Katsonouri, Andromachi

AU - Hadjipanayis, Adamos

AU - Krskova, Andrea

AU - Maly, Marek

AU - Mørck, Thit A

AU - Rudnai, Peter

AU - Kozepesy, Szilvia

AU - Mulcahy, Maurice

AU - Mannion, Rory

AU - Gutleb, Arno C

AU - Fischer, Marc E

AU - Ligocka, Danuta

AU - Jakubowski, Marek

AU - Reis, M Fátima

AU - Namorado, Sónia

AU - Gurzau, Anca Elena

AU - Lupsa, Ioana-Rodica

AU - Halzlova, Katarina

AU - Jajcaj, Michal

AU - Mazej, Darja

AU - Tratnik, Janja Snoj

AU - López, Ana

AU - Lopez, Estrella

AU - Berglund, Marika

AU - Larsson, Kristin

AU - Lehmann, Andrea

AU - Crettaz, Pierre

AU - Schoeters, Greet

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - BACKGROUND: For Europe as a whole, data on internal exposure to environmental chemicals do not yet exist. Characterization of the internal individual chemical environment is expected to enhance understanding of the environmental threats to health.OBJECTIVES: We developed and applied a harmonized protocol to collect comparable human biomonitoring data all over Europe.METHODS: In 17 European countries, we measured mercury in hair and cotinine, phthalate metabolites, and cadmium in urine of 1,844 children (5-11 years of age) and their mothers. Specimens were collected over a 5-month period in 2011-2012. We obtained information on personal characteristics, environment, and lifestyle. We used the resulting database to compare concentrations of exposure biomarkers within Europe, to identify determinants of exposure, and to compare exposure biomarkers with health-based guidelines.RESULTS: Biomarker concentrations showed a wide variability in the European population. However, levels in children and mothers were highly correlated. Most biomarker concentrations were below the health-based guidance values.CONCLUSIONS: We have taken the first steps to assess personal chemical exposures in Europe as a whole. Key success factors were the harmonized protocol development, intensive training and capacity building for field work, chemical analysis and communication, as well as stringent quality control programs for chemical and data analysis. Our project demonstrates the feasibility of a Europe-wide human biomonitoring framework to support the decision-making process of environmental measures to protect public health. Environ Health Perspect 123:255-263; http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1408616.

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