ENRIECO was funded through the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme
between March 2009 and February 2011 to advance knowledge of specific environment and
health causal relationships in pregnancy and birth cohorts. The objective was to support
exploitation of the wealth of data generated by past and ongoing studies funded by the EC and
national programmes. Inventories of birth cohorts were created, followed by assessment of
quality assurance and interoperability of exposure, health and exposure-response data. Most
importantly, the project has evaluated the access to existing study data from which databases
were build, and for conducting analysis. Supported by case studies, the findings have lead to
recommendations for data collection in the future to improve environment-health linking
information. The anticipated outcome was the structuring and consolidation of often fragmented
data from various studies undertaken throughout Europe to improve the knowledge base for FP7
Cooperation Work Programme 2008: Environment (including climate change) environment and
health linkages. The target audiences of dissemination of these outcomes are policy makers,
scientist and the wider public. In particular for policy makers, data regarding environment-health
causal relationships were set to be presented in a more digested format to benefit
implementation at strategic level.

ENRIECO has proven to provide a much needed resource for cohort experts in environmental
health. The project has brought together environmental data information of 36 birth cohorts in
the publicly available online ENRIECO Inventory, encompassing
information on around 350,000 newborns, infants and children from across Europe.

ENRIECO Outcomes

The project showed that many pregnancy and birth cohorts exist with information onenvironmental exposures and health outcomes, yet to a lesser extend Eastern Europe.Considerable expertise and experience is associated with these cohorts, complimented bygreat effort. Overall, greater and more efficien ...


The structuring and consolidation of often fragmented data from various studies undertakenthroughout Europe will improve the knowledge base for environment and health linkages.Data regarding environment-health causal relationships will be more readily available in a formuseful for policy makers. Ov ...


To achieve the above, specific objectives determined by work packages were to: Make inventories of birth cohorts, including; health data; exposure data; biologicalsamples; environmental exposure response functions; expertise and access; Assure quality and interoperability and validate exposure, ...

Enrieco Consortium

Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht Universiteit Helmholtz Zentrum München – Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt GmbH University of Greece Karolinska Institu ...