The initial prioritisation exercise and selected substances
An initial set of criteria was then produced, including such aspects as whether a substance is of concern to human health, whether there is evidence of human and/or environmental exposure at EU level and whether there are open policy questions. The financial and technical feasibility of monitoring the substances was also a criterion.
Substances proposed at both national and EU level were then systematically assessed against these criteria, based on information provided from both EU and national levels. This first prioritisation exercise resulted in the nine substance groupings that will be the focus of EHBMI activities in 2017 and 2018.
The list of prioritized substance groups includes:
- phthalates and Hexamoll® DINCH,
- per-/polyfluorinated compounds,
- flame retardants,
- cadmium and chromium,
- aniline family,
- chemical mixtures, and
- emerging substances.
The consortium then compiled information on substance classification, policy-related research questions and research objectives, with the results captured in scoping documents for the prioritised substances. These scoping documents formed the basis for the development of activities for inclusion in the 2017 action plan for the HBM4EU.
Two additional rounds of prioritisation will be conducted during the five years of the project, one from 2017 to 2018 and one from 2019 to 2020. The consortium will build on the experience gained with the first prioritisation exercise, refine the approach to increase transparency and make it open to stakeholders.
- Criteria for prioritisation, produced by the EU Policy Board in September 2015
- Substances prioritised for action by the EU Policy Board, produced by the EU Policy Board in September 2015
- Scoping documents for the prioritised substances, produced by the HBM4EU consortium in 2016
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe's environment.
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