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