Towards the elimination of iodine deficiency and preventable thyroid-related diseases in Europe

Financed by: European Comission

Programme: H2020-EU.3.1.2. – Preventing disease: PHC-06-2014 – Evaluating existing screening and prevention programmes

Grant Agreement ID: 634453

Rol in the project: Partner

Duration: June 2015 to May 2018


“Despite the fact that iodine deficiency (ID) can easily be prevented by iodine fortification of table salt, industrial salt and cattle food, Europe belongs to the worst regions in terms of access to iodized salt and is seriously ID, resulting in the perpetuation of the single most important, preventable cause of brain damage. European ID is due to significant heterogeneity in prevention and monitoring programs, leading to inappropriate interventions, increased disease burden, health inequities and increased health care costs. Up to 360 Million European citizens are exposed to ID disorders. An effective European monitoring program is a crucial step towards eradication of ID disorders with significant benefits for European citizens and the sustainability of health care systems. The effects of ID in total cause tremendous, preventable costs in health care systems of affected regions.

The overall aim of EUthyroid is to evaluate ID prevention and monitoring programs in 24 European countries, to initiate capacity building for harmonized European ID prevention and monitoring programs, and to disseminate project outcomes for supporting measures on national and EU level in order to eradicate ID disorders in Europe. The project will position itself as international hub of current national initiatives in the attempt to coordinate and support existing national activities. EUthyroid will generate the first harmonized data set of ID resulting in the first valid map of iodine status in Europe. With a dedicated dissemination program about the unfavorable health outcomes of ID, EUthyroid will pave the way for a harmonized EU-wide regulation of iodination, a common approach to iodine and outcome monitoring and establish recommendations for scientists on how to monitor IDD prevention programs. The project aims to make Europe a benchmark for ID disorder prevention worldwide.”


  • INMA-Valencia group Endocrinology and Nutrition Unit,
  • University Regional Hospital of Malaga Andalusian Public Foundation for Health and Biomedicine Research (FIMABIS)
  • Hospital Moisès Broggi Spanish Biomedical Research Centre in Diabetes
  • Associated Metabolic Disorders (CIBERDEM) IDIAP
  • Programma interdipartimentale Nuovi Modelli di gestione multidisciplinare e integrata di Endocrinologia
  • University Hospital of Messina University of Turin Department of Cell Biology and Neurosciences
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità
  • Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd
  • Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health
  • Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine Department of Public Health, Izmir, Turkey
  • Republican Specialized Scientific Practical Medical Center of Endocrinology (RSSPMCE), Uzbekistan
  • The National Association of Nutritionists of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Medical Psychology Dept., Tianjin Medical University, China
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • IDIKA (e-government for social security)
  • Hellenic Commission for Atomic Energy (EEAE)
  • Fund Institute of Public Health Institute for Nuclear Medicine University Clinic for Endocrinology
  • Ministry of Education and Science Food and Veterinary Agency
  • University Clinic for Pediatrics University Clinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • Institute for Clinical Biochemistry Acibadem Sistina private hospital Agency for Drugs of Macedonia
  • Institute of Public Health; Albania
  • National Health Insurance Fund of Bulgaria
  • Bulgarian National Cancer Registry Tokuda
  • Hospital Sofia
  • Bulgarian Society of Endocrinology
  • National Institute of Endocrinology CI Parhon, Bucharest, Romania
  • The Institute of Health Information and Statistics (IHIS) of the Czech Republic
  • The Interdisciplinary Committee for Solution of Iodine Deficiency
  • Kassenärztliche Vereinigung MV Robert Koch-Institut Berlin Institute of Medical Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics, and Informatics
  • Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Halle (Saale)
  • Division de la Médecine Scolaire de la Santé des Enfants et des Adolescents
  • Intermutualiste Institut national d’assurance maladie-invalidité (INAMI)
  • Fondation du Registre du Cancer
  • SPF Santé publique, Sécurité de la Chaîne alimentaire et Environnement Agence
  • University of Cardiff Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
  • School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Ulster University BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science
  • Queen’s Medical Research Institute Regional Centre for Endocrinology
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia Ministerstwo Zdrowia RP
  • Education Establishment International Sakharov Environmental Institue of Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus
  • Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC) of Latvia National Health Service
  • Norwegian Directorate of Health

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