The main aim of the initiative is to coordinate and advance human biomonitoring in Europe and thereby provide better evidence of the actual exposure of citizens to chemicals to support policy making.

The use of chemicals in a broad range of products, including medicinal and veterinary products, as well as in agriculture and pest control, provides numerous benefits to society. At the same time, human and environmental exposure to hazardous chemicals represents a cost in terms of impacts on human health and reduced environmental quality. Recognising this, the European Union’s 7th Environmental Action Programme sets the goal of assessing and minimising risks to the environment and health associated with the use of hazardous substances by 2020.