Coordination and Expertise

Expert assessment-recommendations-coordination



TEU may provide expert assessment on trace elements and toxic metals through:

Bibliographic activities:

  • Documentation center

  • Latest scientific data analysis and writing of synthesis reports (e.g Iron metabolism, iron deficiencies and hemochromatoses; Implication of zinc and selenium in Parkinson’s disease; Childhoodlead poisoning in France; REACH project), monographs (e.g. Zinc; Iron; Selenium) and expertise reports.

 Analytical approach in hospital laboratory:

  • Nutritional status: Essential trace elements assay (copper, zinc, selenium and manganese)

  • Diagnosis of Wilson’s disease (copper levels) and hemochromatosis (hepatic iron)

  • Treatment monitoring: in cancer (platinum) and Wilson’s disease (chelators and zinc salts)

  • Occupational toxicology: toxic metals in urine (cadmium, cobalt, chrome, nickel, arsenic, mercury…)

  • Childhood lead poisoning (notifiable disease) monitoring through blood lead level assay

  • Any specific analysis has to be formally requested


Participation in research projects:

  • project management on the elaboration of studies

  • deadline monitoring and result analysis

  • Results may be presented as an expertise report

National and international networks (learned societies and 15 active satellite centers)




On demand, TEU may put inquirers in contact with the appropriate organization dealing with their issue. The Institute is a coordinating body between project partners.

TEU expertise relies on collaborations with various partners:

  • Hospital laboratories (metal analysis, toxicology, cell culture, molecular genetics) aiming at accreditation through quality assurance

  • Hospital clinicians with various areas of specialization (neurology, hepatogastroenterology, endocrinology, nutrition, Wilson hereditary metabolic diseases reference center…). In 2013, an expertise report on iodine was realized in collaboration with French endocrinologists and nutritionists for the Russian satellite center.

  • University teams

  • International organizations such as UNESCO, WHO and ICCIDD

  • Learned societies: SFTA (French society of analytical toxicology), SFERETE Francophone society of study and research on toxic and essential elements), FESTEM (Federation of European Societies on Trace Elements and Minerals), ISTERH (International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans), RUSTEM (Russian Society of Trace Elements in Medicine).