Welcome to the official website of COST Action TD1206 "StanDerm"

About the Action


Action Chair

Prof. Swen Malte John
Institute for interdisciplinary Dermatological Prevention
and Rehabiliation,
University of Osnabrück, Department of Dermatology,
Environmental Medicine and Health Theory
Sedanstr. 115
49090 Osnabrück, Germany
Fax: (0049) (0) 541 969 2445
Phone: (0049) (0) 541 969 2624
sjohn(at) | 

Action Vice Chair

Dr. Sanja Kezic
Academic Medical Center
Meibergdreef 15
1100 AZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: (0031) (020) 566 5321

Action Science Officer

Estelle Emeriau
COST Office
Avenue Louise 149
1050 Brussels, Belgium
Fax: 0032 (0) 2 533 38 90
Phone: 0032 (0) 2 533 38 68

Find the relevant COST Office website describing the Action.

Our funding is through COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)


Sucessful StanDerm WG Summit and Workshop

20 October 2016 | Krakow, 12-13 October 2016

meeting of working groups an workshop was held in Krakow, Poland on 12 and 13 October 2016  hosted by Prof. Dr. Radoslaw Spiewak from the Jagiellonian University Krakow, Department of Experimental Dermatology and Cosmetology. 
A total of 64 StanDerm members from 23 countries met in a combination of parallel and plenary sessions. A working group summit, carried out on Day 1, focused on important research issues of the working groups. At the end of Day 1 a core group meeting was held to discuss StanDerm's final workshop 2017 in Berlin. At the workshop on Day 2 keynote speakers addressed selected topics important to the field of improved prevention and patient management in OSD. 

StanDerm Twitter account now online

04 August 2016 |

In July, we launched the new StanDerm twitter account @standerm_eu  which you can access at  

StanDerm's twitter account is a platform to communicate and share information relevant to the project, and to tweet out news on related topics. The hashtag #standerm is used for events and other news.  We hope that many of you choose to follow us and we can extend our networking activities. 

Sun exposure in outdoor workers

25 July 2016 | Recent study produces surprising results.

Outdoor workers are exposed to more sunlight and therefore to more carcinogenic ultraviolet radiation than other workers. Tailored prevention activity is therefore important. Before now, accurate information was not availbale on the extent to which particular occupations are associated with exposure to sunlight.  This information has now been provided by the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (IFA) as the result of a major study conducted to date on 600 persons using the GENESIS-UV system.  "We were really surprised by some of the results", says Dr. Marc Wittlich, manager of the project and member of StanDerms' WG 3 Subgroup on UV-induced skin cancer. "Sewer construction and quarry workers are exposed to over three times as much UV radiation as persons working in arable farming or making postal deliveries on foot. Exposure on construction  sites for example varies widely, depending upon whether roofing work is being performed or scaffolds erected." The reasons for this, Dr. Wittlich says, must now be examined more closely.

EU Framework Agreement on Occupational Health and Safety in the Hairdressing sector signed

30 June 2016 | Social partners' persitence finally pays off

After many years of efforts and determination at EU level,  UNI Europa Hair & Beauty and Coiffure EU have signed the European framework agreement on the protection of health and safetyThe signing of this agreement is a milestone, not only for the hairdressing sector but also for the European Social Dialogue as a whole. The signature of this agreement means that the social partners now officially request its implementation as European law. This would ensure that hairdressers across Europe are protected by the same laws and provisions creating a level playing field.  Protecting the health and safety of hairdressers is crucial as they are 10 times more likely to developed skin conditions than the average worker. Moreover, hairdressers are regularly exposed to chemicals that research suggests potentially causes cancer.    Photo: UNI Global union

ESCD 2016

30 May 2016 | Congress of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis 14-17 Sept. in Manchester (UK)

The 13 th Congress of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis (ESCD) will take place in Manchester 14 – 17 September 2016.  The meeting starts with a one day presymposium on occupational skin disease. The scientific programme is now complete and full details can be found on the ESCD2016 website. There are a limited number of late breaking abstract spaces available in the Hot Topics session please click on the right hand link for details. There is a course on Saturday 17th targeted specifically at nurses and trainees. If you have not yet already done so please do not forget to register for the Congress.  Please do so before the *30 th June* to take advantage of the early bird rate at





In Europe:

  • occupational skin diseases (OSD) represent up to 30% of occupational diseases
  • OSD related costs exceed 5 billion €/year by loss of productivity
  • there are isolated efforts of OSD prevention in some countries
  • there is no coordinated action between the stakeholders at national and international levels
  • surveillance and diagnostics of OSD are hampered by lack of common monitoring of new allergens  in workplaces. 

The EU Commission therefore defined lacking prevention of OSD a top priority problem.  

"StanDerm" comprises 31 countries and aims at coordinating activities relevant for OSD prevention, including basic sciences (aetiology and individual susceptibility), epidemiological surveillance, transnational and applied clinical research.This involves regulatory issues (e.g. REACH), development of interdisciplinary workers' education concepts, identifying individual susceptibility markers enabling tailored prevention and pre-employment counselling.  

This COST Action will allow setting up transnational controlled intervention studies in large cohorts in high-risk professions. The outcome will be evidence-based common European standards on OSD prevention and patient management. This will provide a safer working environment and targeted early intervention for workers throughout Europe, enhancing economic competitiveness, particularly of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Memorandum of Unterstanding (MoU) is signed by the participating governments of the COST countries. The MoU details the content, the arrangement and related activities for the implementation of the Action.