Identifying health and exposure indicators is central for the understanding and monitoring of health and disease in the general population. In Switzerland, little information is available on the population regarding the health status, the exposure to chemicals and the nutritional deficiencies. Coupled with health data, biomonitoring can lead to the identification and understanding of factors that favor certain pathologies and to guide policy decisions accordingly.
A human biomonitoring pilot project has been launched to prepare a future national program.
This pilot phase will evaluate the participation of volunteers, establish the necessary infrastructure and developed state of the art procedures. This program will consist in recruiting 1000 participants of the general adult population in two cantons that include both rural and urban populations and are situated in the French and German speaking parts, respectively Vaud and Basel.. The volunteers (18-69 years) will be subject to health examinations, questionnaires and biological samples such as blood and urine will be collected.
OFSP, Swiss TPH, IUMSP and SBP compose the project group for this pilot phase. The SBP WG liquid will advise the pilot study in questions related to pre-analytical procedures.