Working Group - i-HBM: International Human Biomonitoring Guidance Values

The i-HBM Working Group aims to promote the use of population-level human biomonitoring data to inform public health decision-making by developing harmonized resources to facilitate the interpretation of HBM in a health risk context.

Interpretation and communication of human biomonitoring data are universal challenges for exposure scientists around the world. A new working group under the ISES called i-HBM: International Human Biomonitoring Guidance Values, has recently been formed to provide a forum for discussion about the development, approaches, and possible harmonization of international guidance values and interpretation tools for human biomonitoring data.

The i-HBM Working Group has been coordinating and researching over the course of many months. To date, the Working Group has developed a Biomonitoring Guidance Value Dashboard.  The i-HBM Dashboard contains a compilation of currently available human biomonitoring guidance values developed by international organizations and jurisdictions. The purpose of this tool is to facilitate the search for guidance values developed for specific chemicals. It is also an interactive tool which allows users to compare a chemical concentration, such as a population estimate from biomonitoring data, to these guidance values. You can access and use the i-HBM Dashboard here without being a member of ISES.

The ISES Europe HBM expert Working Group, a sister of the i-HBM Working Group, has published their proposed plan to develop an HBM Global Registry Framework under the new European partnership for the assessment of risks from chemicals (PARC).  This manuscript was co-authored by experts in human biomonitoring from many European countries and the co-chairs from i-HBM Working Group.  It was part of a special issue on Human Biomonitoring Networks.  It can be accessed here without being a member of ISES.  Visit the ISES Europe HBM Working Group to learn more about this initiative.

Members of the ISES i-HBM Working Group include:

Sean Hays
Summit Toxicology

Judy LaKind
LaKind Associates LLC

Yu Ait Bamai
Center for Environmental and Health Sciences, Hokkaido University

Jillian Ashley-Martni
Research Scientist,
Health Canada

Tomohiko Isobe
Senior Researcher,
National Institute for Environmental Studies

Ata Rafiee
PhD candidate and research assistant,
University of Alberta

Nolwenn Noisel
Clinical adjunct professor,
University of Montreal

Radu Corneliu Duca
Head of Unit,
National Health Laboratory (LNS) Luxembourg

Maryam Zare Jeddi
Senior Scientific Advisor,
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands

Marta Esteban López
National Centre for Environmental Health, Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII)

Susana Pedraza-Diaz
Research Scientist,
Instituto de Salud Carlos III

Henriqueta Louro
Research scientist,
National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA), Lisbon, Portugal

Lisa Melnyk
Research Chemist,

Eva Kumar
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Scott Hancock
Division Manager,
ESRAB, SED, Health Canada

Antonia Calafat
Branch Chief,

Eva Sugeng
Department Environment and Health, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Kristin Macey
Risk Assessor (Exposure),
Health Canada

Jos Bessems
Senior R&D,

Yuki Ito
Associate professor,
Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Japan

Jiyoung Yoo
Senior researcher,
National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER)

Jueun Lee
Research Fellow,
National Institute of Environmental Research

Marike Kolossa-Gehring
Head of Section “Toxicology, health related environmental monitoring”,
Umweltbundesamt/ German Environment Agency

Loïc Rambaud
Project Manager,
Santé publique France

Carin Huset
Research Scientist,
Minnesota Department of Health

Konstantinos Makris
Associate Professor of Environmental Health,
Cyprus University of Technology

Karen Galea
Section Head – Workplace Exposure,

Lesliam Quiros-Alcala
Assistant Professor,
Johns Hopkins University

Dana Boyd Barr
Emory University

Ana Canas
Head of Environmental Toxicology Area,

Maisarah Nasution Waras
University Lecturer,
Integrative Medicine Cluster, Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Nancy B. Hopf
Exposure Science Researcher,
Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisante)

Andy Nong
Lead Computational Toxicologist,
Health Canada

Maria João Silva
Research scientist and Group leader,
National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA)

Julianne Nassif
Director, Environmental Health,
Association of Public Health Laboratories

Jung-Taek Kwon
Research officer,
National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER)

André Conrad
Head of Section,
German Environment Agency (UBA)

Jun Ueyama
Associate Professor,
Nagoya University, Japan

Argelia Castaño
National Center For Environmental Health (CNSA-ISCIII)

Marc A. Nascarella
Adjunct Professor/Chief Toxicologist at State Health Department,
University of Massachusetts/MA Department of Public Health

Devika Poddalgoda
Senior Evaluator (Toxicology),
Health Canada

Adrian Covaci
Professor (Toxicology),
University of Antwerp, Belgium

Shoji Nakayama (chair)
NIES, Japan

Annie St-Amand (co-chair)
Section Head,
Health Canada

Kate Werry (Secretary)
Scientific Evaluator,
Health Canada

Tyler Pollock (Dashboard expert)
Scientific Evaluator,
Health Canada