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International Cooperation

HBM4EU - European Human Biomonitoring Initiative

FCT is partner of the HBM4EU initiative, a European Joint Programme (EJP) that aims to coordinate and advance human biomonitoring in Europe (2017-2021). The consortium comprises the European Environment Agency and 42 institutions from 30 European countries (24 Member States) and more than 70 Linked Third Parties (LTP). The programme is supported by the European Commission through a contribution up to 70% of the total eligible costs.

The general objectives of the programme are:

  • To assess human exposure to chemicals in Europe, to better understand the associated health impacts and to improve chemical risk assessment.
  • To build capacities to establish a European Human Biomonitoring Platform, with the aim of harmonizing human biomonitoring activities in the involved countries so that comparable European data on human exposure to chemicals are generated.
  • To establish a dialogue with policy makers to ensure that the results can be used to support the development of policies, to evaluate existing policies and to design measures to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals.

Portuguese participation in HBM4EU

Portugal participates in this programme through the following institutions:

  • Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Programme Owner/Manager, signatory
  • National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA), Programme Manager, signatory
  • Portuguese Environment Agency (APA), Programme Owner, non-signatory
  • Directorate-General of Health (DGS), Programme Owner, non-signatory, Linked Third Party
  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon (FMUL), Linked Third Party
  • Lisbon School of Health Technology (ESTeSL), Linked Third Party


Each country should establish the conditions allowing the development of a National Hub in Human Biomonitoring, which will respond to the requests of the HBM4EU workpackage leaders. In Portugal, the National Hub is currently composed of the institutions mentioned above, and intends to accompany and manage the portuguese participation in HBM4EU and pave the way to the creation and development of the basis of a national platform of human biomonitoring.

National Hub Contact Point – Portugal: Rita Cavaleiro (FCT)


Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom.


National Contact Points (FCT)

Rita Cavaleiro
Tel: (351) 213 911 541

Marta Abrantes
Tel: (351) 213 911 596

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126 - 7º
1249 – 074 LISBOA

This initiative has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 733032.