Biomonitoring NY

Biomonitoring NY seeks to learn more about levels of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pesticides, and heavy metals in New Yorkers. The goal of the project is to establish the typical range in New Yorkers of approximately 40 chemicals and metals in blood and urine. New York is one of six states receiving funding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct this five-year, statewide project. All data is collected and reported to protect confidentiality.


What is Biomonitoring

Image of different chemical exposures and the routes of exposure for people

Biomonitoring measures the amount of environmental chemicals in the human body, often using blood and urine. This important part of epidemiological research seeks to determine levels of chemical exposure in the human body and help us better understand whether chemical exposures are associated with health effects in humans.


NY State map showing study regions and timeline of recruitment

New Yorkers over age 20 will be invited to participate from the areas above.

Recruitment Area Samples Collected Recruitment Status
Long Island 517 Complete
Mid-Hudson & Capital District 435 Active
Central NY & Southern Tier 0 Active
Finger Lakes & Western NY 5 Active
Northern NY 0 Starting soon

How to Participate

Randomly selected individuals willl receive an information packet inviting them to complete screening questions either by visiting the link provided in their invitation letter or calling the New York State Department of Health at 518-402-7950. If eligible, people who choose to participate will:

  • Complete a consent form and fill out a participant survey about themselves and their household.
  • Receive a laboratory test order for blood and urine testing.
  • Schedule and complete laboratory testing.
  • Provide blood and urine samples, which will be tested for PFAS, pesticides and metals. Identification and the test order form will be required on the day of testing.
All personal information collected as part of the Biomonitoring NY Project will be protected and will remain confidential.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Precautions

COVID-19 safety precautions ensure that study staff, participants, and members of the public are protected from COVID-19 during the project. Research activities occur pending an approved evaluation of COVID-19 infection rates. A monitoring plan to examine COVID-19 metrics on at least a weekly basis will be implemented and all appropriate New York State COVID-related guidance will be followed.