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We appreciate the opportunity to respond to the letter of Behrens and Taeger1 regarding our article ‘Comparison of expert and job-exposure matrix-based retrospective exposure assessment of occupational carcinogens in the Netherlands Cohort Study’.2 Behrens and Taeger raise concerns about ‘validating’ existing job-exposure matrices (JEMs). Instead, they propose a recently developed web-based tool into which existing JEMs can be incorporated as job-specific modules (JSMs, a set of questions relevant to a specific job) and in which exposure estimates can be adapted according to available exposure measurements, expert opinion and study-specific circumstances.3
As cohort members in the large …
Contributors All authors have been involved with the work submitted, share responsibility for and approved the submission of the manuscript.
Competing interests None.
Patient consent Obtained.
Ethics approval The Netherlands Cohort Study was approved by the institutional review boards of the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO (Zeist) and Maastricht University (Maastricht).
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
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