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Title: Concept of the Flemish human biomonitoring programme
Authors: Schoeters, Greet
Den Honda, Elly
Colles, Ann
Loots, Ilse
Morrens, Bert
Keune, Hans
Bruckers, Liesbeth
Nawrot, Tim S.
Sioen, Isabelle
De Coster, Sam
Van Larebeke, Nicolas
Nelen, Vera
Van de Mieroop, Els
Vrijens, Jan
Croes, Kim
Goeyens, Karen
Baeyens, Willy
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: ELSEVIER GMBH, URBAN & FISCHER VERLAG
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYGIENE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, 215 (2), p. 102-108
Abstract: Since 2002 a human biomonitoring network has been established in Flanders (Belgium) as part of a programme on environmental health surveillance. The human biomonitoring network should support environmental health policy by identifying priorities for further action. The first cycle of the programme (2002-2006) confirmed the hypotheses that living in areas with different environmental pressure is reflected in different loads of environmental chemicals in the residents. In the second cycle of the programme (2007-2011) the number of environmental chemicals for which human biomonitoring data were obtained was expanded substantially. The goal of the Flemish programme is to use and translate the scientific results into policy actions. Its further orientation in the second cycle to human biomonitoring in hot spots and sensitive age groups or susceptible persons with underlying complications (e.g. persons with diabetes) are linked to these goals. Interaction with stakeholders is embedded in the programme emphasizing transparency of the choices that are made and direct communication. The Flemish human biomonitoring programme is organized centrally with major involvement of research partners from different disciplines which allows engrafting environmental health research on the programme. One of the major focuses is the question whether combinations of pollutants in the general population are associated with biological effects. The objective of this paper is to review and discuss the options that were taken in the human biomonitoring programme in order to achieve its goals. (C) 2011 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
Notes: [Schoeters, Greet; Den Honda, Elly; Colles, Ann] Flemish Inst Technol Res VITO, Mol, Belgium. [Schoeters, Greet] Univ Antwerp, Dept Biomed Sci, B-2020 Antwerp, Belgium. [Morrens, Bert; Keune, Hans] Univ Antwerp, Fac Polit & Social Sci, B-2020 Antwerp, Belgium. [Bruckers, Liesbeth] Hasselt Univ, Interuniv Inst Biostat & Stat Bioinformat, Hasselt, Belgium. [Nawrot, Tim] KULeuven, Dept Publ Hlth, Louvain, Belgium. [Nawrot, Tim] Hasselt Univ, Ctr Environm Sci, Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Sioen, Isabelle] Univ Ghent, Dept Publ Hlth, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. [De Coster, Sam; Van Larebeke, Nicolas] Univ Ghent, Dept Radiotherapy & Nucl Med, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. [Nelen, Vera; Van de Mieroop, Els] Prov Inst Hyg PIH, Antwerp, Belgium. [Sioen, Isabelle; Vrijens, Jan; Croes, Kim; Goeyens, Karen; Baeyens, Willy] Vrije Univ Brussel, Brussels, Belgium. [Schoeters, Greet; Den Honda, Elly; Colles, Ann; Loots, Ilse; Morrens, Bert; Keune, Hans; Bruckers, Liesbeth; Nawrot, Tim; Sioen, Isabelle; De Coster, Sam; Van Larebeke, Nicolas; Nelen, Vera; Van de Mieroop, Els; Vrijens, Jan; Croes, Kim; Goeyens, Karen; Baeyens, Willy] FWD Res Fdn Flanders, Brussels, Belgium. greet.schoeters@vito.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/13717
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2011.11.006
ISI #: 000303224500008
ISSN: 1438-4639
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2013
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