Demonstration of a study to coordinate and perform human biomonitoring on a European scale


In DEMOCOPHES, 17 European countries tested a common approach for human biomonitoring surveys which was developed by COPHES. They produced data on the distribution of specific biomarkers and related lifestyle data among defined study populations which, for the first time, are comparable on a European scale.

These comparable data are a step towards European reference values. Now that the feasibility of an EU-harmonised approach has been demonstrated, policy-makers can start to envisage a European survey programme using the lessons learned. To ensure a sustainable way forward, Europe needs a structure that will enable suitable coordination and decision-taking.

Starting / Ending Date

2010 – 2012

Project Coordinator

FPS Health, Food chain safety and environment – Belgium


Staff from Department of Public Health

Project Partners

  • Umweltbundesamt GmbH, Austria
  • Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland –
  • Ministry of Health represented by State General Laboratory (SGL), Cyprus
  • National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), Czech Republic
  • Umweltbundesamt (UBA), Germany
  • National Institute of Environmental Health (NIEH), Hungary
  • University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark
  • Health Protection Agency, UK
  • Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain
  • Institut de Veille Sanitaire (InVS), France
  • Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health (IMROH), Croatia
  • Health Service Executive (HSE), Ireland
  • Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (CRP-GL), Luxembourg
  • National Institute of Public Health Norway (NIPH-NO)
  • Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine (NIOM), Poland
  • Institute of Preventive Medicine, Lisbon Faculty of Medicine (AIDFM / IMP), Portugal
  • Environmental Health Center (EHC), Romania
  • Jozef Stefan Institute (JSI), Slovenia
  • Karolinska Institutet (KI-IMM), Sweden
  • Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic (UVZ SR)
  • FPS Health, Food chain safety and environment, Belgium