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About the California Biomonitoring Program
Biomonitoring California Brochure –“What is Biomonitoring? Measuring chemicals in our bodies"
The California Biomonitoring Program is a collaborative effort of three departments in two State agencies:
- California Department Public Health (CDPH) www.cdph.ca.gov in the Health and Human Services Agency. CDPH is the lead department for the California Biomonitoring Program.
- California Environmental Protection Agency’s (Cal/EPA)’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) www.oehha.ca.gov and Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). www.dtsc.ca.gov
Created by Legislation Passed in 2006
The California Biomonitoring Program was established by Senate Bill 1379, authored by Senator Don Perata and Senator Deborah Ortiz, which was passed by the California Legislature and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2006. Link to legislation (pdf)
The California Biomonitoring Program will involve interested members of the public throughout the state in the process of developing and carrying out the program. Visit the Public Involvement Opportunities page
to find out how you can participate. To contact us, send email to email@example.com .
Scientific Guidance Panel
A panel of experts, the Scientific Guidance Panel (SGP), makes recommendations regarding the Program's design and implementation. The SGP will make specific recommendations regarding chemicals that are priorities for biomonitoring in California and provide scientific peer review for the California Biomonitoring Program.
Biomonitoring California laboratories have extensive experience analyzing biological specimens (such as blood and urine) for chemical contaminants. Examples of chemicals the laboratories are capable of analyzing include metals (e.g., mercury, lead, cadmium), pesticides, phenols (e.g., bisphenol A, triclosan), phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), perfluorinated chemicals, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).
Biomonitoring California is seeking to collaborate on laboratory analyses with researchers who have collected urine or blood specimens from California residents. The Program has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to identify researchers who are interested in working with Biomonitoring California and who meet the RFI submission guidelines. The deadline for submission of the RFI Project Application is 5:00 pm PST on February 15, 2012. For more details and to access the fillable application, please follow this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/multimedia/biomon/pdf/Biomonitoring_RFI.pdf