Identifying health and exposure indicators is central to the understanding and monitoring of health and disease in the general population. In Switzerland, little information is available on the population regarding health status, exposure to chemicals and 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 the implementation of a future national program.
This pilot phase will evaluate the participation of volunteers, establish the necessary infrastructure and develop state of the art procedures. This program will consist of recruiting 1000 participants from the general adult population in two cantons that include both rural and urban populations and are located in the French and German speaking parts, Vaud and Basel respectively. The volunteers (18-69 years) will be asked to have health examinations, complete questionnaires and provide biological samples such as blood and urine.
OFSP, Swiss TPH, IUMSP and SBP make up the project group for this pilot phase. The SBP WG liquid team will advise the pilot study on questions related to pre-analytical procedures.