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Human biomonitoring


Human biomonitoring (HBM) is an important tool that may be used to assess exposure to, and uptake of, chemicals.The HPA is developing a programme of work in this area. The applicability of HBM to investigate acute exposure following a chemical incident is a particular interest.. Another area of research relates to the need for realistic background data on "normal" levels of chemicals in blood and other tissues of the general population.

    DEMOCOPHES is a human biomonitoring pilot study, to determine levels of key environmental pollutants in people across Europe, including members of the UK population.
    Added/updated: 12 January 2012
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Frequently asked questions on human biomonitoring
    Added/updated: 15 July 2011
  • General Introduction to biomonitoring
    This provides a general introduction to human biomonitoring
    Added/updated: 12 July 2011
  • Guidance on use of biomonitoring in incidents
    To assess exposure following chemical incidents,samples can be taken, where appropriate and feasible, from those involved in the incident.
    Added/updated: 12 July 2011
  • HPA programme of research in human biomonitoring
    Details on the current work programme of the HPA relating to human biomonitoring
    Added/updated: 15 July 2011
  • Laboratory Review and Liaison Group
    The laboratory review and liaison group are responsible for the development of national protocols for biomonitoring
    Added/updated: 15 July 2011
  • Protocols
    Human biomonitoring protocols being developed by the Laboratory Review and Liaison Group
    Added/updated: 12 July 2011
  • Reference Range study
    THe Reference Range Study is a collaboration between HPA and the University of Newcastle to measure background levels of chemicals in the blood and other tissues of population
    Added/updated: 13 January 2011