The German Environment Agency (UBA) has been, since its founding in 1974, Germany`s main environmental protection agency and ensures that the fellow citizens have a healthy environment with clean air and water, free of pollutants to the greatest extent possible. The work centers around gathering data concerning the state of the environment, investigating the interrelationships and making projections – and then, based on these findings, providing federal bodies such as the Ministry of the Environment with policy advice. The UBA also provides the general public with information and implements environmental law.
The Section II 1.2, Toxicology and health-related environmental monitoring, supervised by Dr. Marike Kolossa-Gehring, examines the health-related environmental protection and formulates scientific based quality goals for the environmental protection and human health. To its tasks belongs the risk assessment for the environmental pollutants and derivation of scientific based toxicological reference- and guideline values and The Human-Biomonitoring (HBM) is the main instrument of the health-related environmental monitoring, where human body fluids and tissues are examined for the content of environmental pollutants. Two nationwide surveys, the German Environmental Surveys (GerES) and the environmental specimen bank (ESB), deliver the large base for exposure data collection for german population. The humanbiomonitoring components of these studies are part of the Section II 1.2
Dr. Marike Kolossa-Gehring
Dr. Malgorzata Debiak