Journal Club of the Week: Analytical methods for human biomonitoring of pesticides

On 24th of April 2017, journal club meeting, the topic “Analytical methods for human biomonitoring of pesticides” was discussed. The biomonitoring of commonly used pesticides is an important tool for evaluating human exposure to these toxic chemicals. Current approaches and recent advances in the analytical methods for determining the biomarkers of exposure to pesticides in the most commonly used specimens, such as blood, urine, and breast milk, and in emerging non-invasive matrices such as hair and meconium was described. The main applications for sample treatment and the instrumental techniques currently used to determine the most relevant pesticide biomarker were critically discussed.