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German Environmental Survey, GerES 2014-2017

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From 2014 to 2017, the German Environment Agency is investigating the degree of child and adolescent exposure to environmental influences in Germany. Families are selected to participate in the survey according to certain statistical criteria. They are providing important insights into the health of today’s young generation – including a health check of the environmental impact on their children. read more

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Nanomaterial

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Nanotechnology deals with the production and application of processes and nanomaterials composed of structurally definable particles on a scale of 100 nanometres (1 nm = 10-9 m) or less in at least one dimension; in other words, more than 1,000 times smaller in diameter than a human hair. At this scale physical and chemical properties of materials change, and this change can be applied in a variet... read more

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Project DEMOCOPHES

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DEMOCOPHES is the acronym for a European project to test the feasibility of a human biomonitoring study in 17 European countries by means of common guidelines and using same methods. These guidelines were drawn up in the context of the COPHES project, of which DEMOCOPHES is an integral part. It has now been completed and the first European results delivered. read more

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Endocrine disruptors

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In Germany the reproductive health of men is at risk. Recent representative studies performed in Hamburg and Leipzig clearly show that the male sperm quality is low. Today, young German men probably produce only one third of sperms their peers did thirty years ago. It is likely that half of young male Germans have such a low sperm quality that their ability to reproduce successfully is reduced.Res... read more

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Human biomonitoring in Europe

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European environment and health policy attaches great importance to the human biomonitoring (HBM) tool for the determination of the environmental burden on the population. However previous or ongoing HBM studies in several European countries deal with different issues. read more

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Chemical substances

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Substances, as they are referred to on the topic-related web pages here, are chemical elements, compounds and mixtures that have become relevant on account of their chemical, physical and toxicological properties, in particular with regard to their potential to affect human health.  read more

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Cooperation for the promotion of human biomonitoring

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The German Environment Agency supports the cooperation on human biomonitoring between the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the German chemical industrial association (VCI). The cooperation is significant for the development of new analytical methods to enable the detection of chemicals in urine or blood samples to which the population may have increased exposure or which are of special rel read more

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The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment