Human biomonitoring and policy making

Human biomonitoring as a tool in policy making towards consumer safety

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This report is based on the seminar “Human biomonitoring (HBM) as a tool in policy making towards consumer safety” directed towards professionals involved in HBM programs, legislators and other policy-makers, risk assessors as well as researchers from universities and other higher educational institutions. It was organized by the Swedish National Food Agency in collaboration with the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the University of Iceland, and Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Experts from Europe, USA, and Canada within the field of HBM participated. It was agreed that HBM provides a powerful tool in policy making towards consumer safety. It was also concluded that there is interest to develop the Nordic collaborative efforts within the area of HBM and that there would, unquestionably, be benefits from this in terms of harmonization.



Specific seminar topics

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a US national program for health assessment as well as monitoring of nutritional status and exposure to contaminants in the general population [1]. NHANES originated in 1956 with the National Health Survey Act that established a national health survey to obtain information on the health status of US residents, and has widened considerably since then [2]. Since 1999 NHANES is an annual, cross sectional survey focused on obtaining clinical, nutritional and other HBM data representative of the general population for prevention of disease. The data are available for public access, and have been used in a vast number of scientific publications [3].


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