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Project contract number, acronym, and duration Project title Research Team Focus Web page and documents
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Projects focused on detection of contaminants

CONFFIDENCE
(2008-2012)

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Contaminants in food and feed: inexpensive detection for control of exposure
(Large-scale integrating project)

Participating laboratories: 17 (NL, CZ, ES, DE, DK, BE, UK, IT, FI, CH)
Coordinator:
Dr Jacob de Jong
RIKILT
Institute of Food Safety
Wageningen, The Netherlands
coordination(at)conffidence. eu

The main aim is to further improve food safety in Europe by the development of faster and more cost-efficient methods for the detection of a wide range of chemical contaminants (persistent organic compounds, perfluorinated compounds, heavy metals etc) in different food and feed commodities

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1st activity report summary 
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Projects focused on improvement of risk assessment models, methods and tools, and of risk management

ARCRISK
(2009-2013)


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Arctic health risks: Impacts on health in the Arctic and Europe owing to climate-induced changes in contaminant cycling
(Small or medium-scale focused research project)

Participating laboratories:
22 (NO, SE, DK, FI, DE, UK, ES, SI, CH, CZ, RU, CA)
Coordinator:
Ms Janet Pawlak
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme Secretariat
Charlottenlund, Denmark
jpawlak(at)dahm.dk

The main aim will be to study the influence of climate change on contaminant spreading and transfer and the resultant risk to human populations in the Arctic and other areas of Europe.

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1st periodic activity report summary 
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CADASTER
(2009-2012)

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Case studies on the development and application of in-silico techniques for environmental hazard and risk assessment
(Small or medium-scale focused research project)

Participating laboratories:
9 (NL, SL, IT, SE, DE, BG, BE)
Coordinator:
Dr Willie Peijnenburg
RIVM
Laboratory for Ecological Risk Assessment
Bilthoven, the Netherlands
wjgm.peijnenburg(at)rivm.nl

The project aims at providing the practical guidance to integrated risk assessment by carrying out a full hazard and risk assessment for chemicals belonging to four compound classes. The main goal is to exemplify the integration of information, models and strategies for carrying out safety-, hazard- and risk assessments for large numbers of substances The project aims at providing the practical guidance to integrated risk assessment by carrying out a full hazard and risk assessment for chemicals belonging to four compound classes. The main goal is to exemplify the integration of information, models and strategies for carrying out safety-, hazard- and risk assessments for large numbers of substances

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COPHES
(2009-2012)
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European coordination action on human biomonitoring
(Coordination and support action)

Participating laboratories:
35 (BE, DE, ES, UK, FR, DK, IT, EE, SI, NL, AT, RO, LT, HR, EL, CY, PT, SE, NO, HU, CH, SK, PL, CZ, IE, FI, LU)       
Coordinator:
Dr Reinhard Joas
BIPRO GMBH
Munich, Germany reinhard.joas(at)bipro.de

The main goal is to develop
a coherent approach to human biomonitoring in Europe,
addressing the aims of the Action
3 of the European Environment
and Health Action Plan.

Website

1st periodic activity report summary 
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ENFIRO
(2009-2012)

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Life cycle assessment of environment-compatible flame retardants (prototypical case study)
(Small or medium-scale focused research project)

Participating laboratories:
12 (NL, UK, SE, DE, IT)
Coordinator:
Dr Pim Leonards
Institute for Environmental Studies
VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
pim.leonards(at)ivm.vu.nl

ENFIRO will offer a prototypical case study on substitution options for BFRs resulting in a comprehensive dataset on viability of production and application, environmental safety, and a complete life cycle assessment

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Project summary 
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ENVIROGENO MARKERS
(2008-2012)

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Genomics biomarkers of environmental health
(Small or medium-scale focused research project)

Participating laboratories:
11 (EL, NL, UK, SE, IT, FI)
Coordinator:
Prof. Soterios Kyrtopoulos
National Hellenic Research Foundation
Athens, Greece
skyrt(at)eie.gr

Large-scale application of the full range of –omics technologies in a population study aiming at a) the discovery and validation of novel biomarkers predictive of increased risks of a number of chronic diseases; b) the exploration of the association of such biomarkers with environmental exposures, including high-priority pollutants and emerging exposures; and c) the discovery and validation of biomarkers of exposure to the above and other high-priority environmental exposures

Website

1st periodic activity report summary 
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FACET
(2008-2012)
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Flavours, additives and food contact material exposure task
(Large-scale integrating project)

Participating laboratories:
20 (IE, UK, BE, FR, IT, DE, FI, SE, HU, ES, PL, RO, PT)
Coordinator:
Prof. Michael Gibney
Institute of Food & Health
University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland
facet(at)ucd.ie

The main aim is to deliver to the European Community a sustainable surveillance system, which will allow to estimate target food chemical intake

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Progress report 
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PERFOOD
(2009-2012)

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Perfluorinated organics in our diet
(Small or medium-scale focused research project)

Participating laboratories:
10 (NL, BE, SE, NO, DE, IT, CZ)
Coordinator:
Prof. Pim de Voogt
University of Antwerpen
Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
w.p.devoogt(at)uva.nl

The aims are to develop robust and reliable analytical tools for the determination of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in food items, and to use these to qualify and quantify PFCs our diet, employing a large European sampling campaign; understand how PFCs are transferred from the environment into dietary items, and (iii) quantify the possible contribution of food/beverage contact materials and food and water processing to the overall PFC levels in our diet.

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Project summary 
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RISKCYCLE
(2009-2012)

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Risk-based management of chemicals and products in a circular economy at a global scale
(Coordination and support action)

Participating laboratories:
16 (DE, ES, IT, NE, SE, DK, FR, CN, IN, VT, TR, BR)
Coordinator:
Prof. Bernd Bilitewski
Technische Universität Dresden
Pirna, Germany
Abfall(at)rcs.urz.tu-dresden.de

The overall objective of the project is to define with international experts future needs of research and development contributions for innovations in the field of risk-based management of chemicals and products in a global perspective using alternative testing strategies to minimize animal tests

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Project summary 
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SYSTEQ
(2009-2013)

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The development, validation and implementation of human systemic toxic equivalencies (TEQs) as biomarkers for dioxin-like compounds (Small or medium-scale focused research project)

Participating laboratories:
7 (NL, SE, DE, CZ, SK)
Coordinator:
Prof. Martin van den Berg
Utrecht University
Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences
Utrecht, the Netherlands
M.vandenBerg(at)uu.nl

The main aim is to explore whether uptake toxic equivalency factors (TEFs) (e.g., in food) can be used to derive ‘systemic’ (e.g., in blood) TEQs as reliable biomarkers to determine possible risks for adverse health effects of dioxin-like chemicals

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1st periodic activity report summary 
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Project focused on metabolic disorders

OBELIX
(2009-2013)

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Obesogenic endocrine disrupting chemicals: linking prenatal exposure to the development of obesity later in life
(Small or medium-scale focused research project)

Participating laboratories:
7 (NL, BE, NO, FR, SK)
Coordinator :
Dr Juliette Legler
VU University Amsterdam
Institute for Environmental Studies
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
juliette.legler(at)ivm.vu.nl

Examination of the hypothesis that prenatal exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds in food plays a role in the development of obesity later in life

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NNN periodic activity report summary 
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Projects focused on reproductive health
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CONTAMED
(2008-2012)

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Contaminant mixtures and human reproductive health – novel strategies for health impact and risk assessment of endocrine disrupters (Small or medium-scale focused research project)

Participating laboratories:
8 (UK, DK, ES, NL, CH, DE)
Coordinator:
Dr. Andreas Kortenkamp
University of London
The School of Pharmacy
Centre for Toxicology
London, United Kingdom
Andreas.kortenkamp(at)ulsop
.ac.uk

Exploration of the hypothesis that combined exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in foetal life may lead to adverse delayed impacts on human
reproductive health

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2nd activity report summary 
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DEER
(2008-2013)


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Developmental effects of environment on reproductive health (Small or medium-scale focused research project)

Participating laboratories:
9 (FI, DK, UK, ES, FR, BG, US) Coordinator:
Prof. Jorma Toppari University of Turku Department of Physiology ; Turku, Finland jorma.toppari(at)utu.fi

Investigation of connections between normal/abnormal perinatal reproductive development and
maturation of reproductive function at puberty and in adulthood; and systemic gene-environment interactions underlying reproductive disorders taking account of genetic susceptibility, multiple exposures and their timing; connection between perinatal reproductive development and later obesity/ metabolic disorders

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2nd activity report summary 
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CLEAR
(2009-2013)

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Climate change, environmental contaminants and reproductive health
(Small or medium-scale focused research project)

Participating laboratories:
8 (DK, SE, CA, GL, PL, UA, IT, NL)
Coordinator:
Dr. Jens Peter Bonde
Aarhus University Hospital
Department of Occupational Medicine
Aarhus, Denmark
Pbon(at)akh.dk

Investigation of the
possible impact of global climate change on reproductive health in Arctic and in three local European populations

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1st periodic activity report summary 
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