High-quality and comprehensive exposure-related data are critical for different decision contexts, including environmental and human health monitoring, and chemicals risk assessment and management. However, exposure-related data are currently scattered, frequently of unclear quality and structure, not readily accessible, and stored in various—partly overlapping—data repositories, leading to inefficient and ineffective data usage in Europe and globally. We propose strategic guidance for an integrated European exposure data production and management framework for use in science and policy, building on current and future data analysis and digitalization trends. We map the existing exposure data landscape to requirements for data analytics and repositories across European policies and regulations. We further identify needs and ways forward for improving data generation, sharing, and usage, and translate identified needs into an operational action plan for European and global advancement of exposure data for policies and regulations. Identified key areas of action are to develop consistent exposure data standards and terminology for data production and reporting, increase data transparency and availability, enhance data storage and related infrastructure, boost automation in data management, increase data integration, and advance tools for innovative data analysis. Improving and streamlining exposure data generation and uptake into science and policy is crucial for the European Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and European Digital Strategy, in line with EU Data policies on data management and interoperability.
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The review of the manuscript by Dr Antonio Franco (EC, DG JRC) and Dr Alessandro Carletti (EC, DG JRC), is gratefully acknowledged. This study was executed by the ISES Europe working group on “Data repositories & analytics”, kicked-off during the 3 rd European Exposure Science Strategy Workshop organised and supported by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre on 30/31 Jan 2020 in Ispra, Italy (JRC project no 30032: DTHC – Digital Transformation of Health and Care). The study was financially supported by the “Safe and Efficient Chemistry by Design (SafeChem)” project funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (grant no. DIA 2018/11), by the SPRINT project (grant no. 862568) funded under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program, and by the PARC project (grant no. 101057014) funded under the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation program.
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- Data analysis
- Data management
- Exposure assessment
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- Risk assessment