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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.

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Conclusions

It was agreed that the Nordic collaborative efforts should be further developed within the area of HBM and that there would, unquestionably, be benefits from this in terms of harmonization and thus comparability between different studies. This would not only give an increased potential for impact on policymaking but also an increase in information which can positively influence public health, for example through informed choices by consumers.

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