Željka Babić

Poison Control Centre

PhD / Scientific Associate / Head of the Poison Control Centre

Place and date of birth

Zagreb, 13 April 1987


  • 2011 – 2017: PhD in Biomedicine and Health Sciences, at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2006 – 2011: Master’s Degree in Pharmacy, at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb

Work Experience

  • 2012-: Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Division of Occupational and Environmental Health, since 2020 a scientific associate, since 2022 the head of the Croatian Poison Control Centre

Fields of interest

Scientific field of study

  • public and occupational health: chemical hazards in the workplace, effectiveness of measures to prevent poisoning, susceptibility to allergic diseases

Other professional areas

  • organizing activities of the Croatian Poison Control Centre
  • participation in on-call duty for telephone consultation in case of poisoning
  • evaluation of mammalian toxicology according to the Plant Protection Products Act and Regulation (EU) No. 1107/2009 on placing of plant protection products on the market (as an external collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture)
  • risk assessment for human health as a part of the authorization procedures according to the Biocidal products Act and Regulation (EU) No. 528/2012 concerning the placement on the market and use of biocidal products (as an external collaborator of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia)
  • pharmacovigilance in cooperation with Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices of Croatia

Additional training

  • Courses in human health risk assessment regarding the exposure to chemicals (“Challenges in Health Risk Assessment”, “Risk Assessment Principles and Applications”, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, 2014 & 2012; „Exposure Assessment“, Belgium, 2016).
  • Courses in the field of immunology (“Training School in Genetics and Immunology of Atopic Dermatitis”, MedILS, Croatia, 2012).

Select Publications

  • Babić Ž, Sabolić Pipinić I, Varnai VM, Kežić S, Macan J. Associations of TNFα -308G>A, TNFα -238G>A, IL-1α -889C>T and IL-10 -1082G>A Genetic Polymorphisms with Atopic Diseases: Asthma, Rhinitis and Dermatitis. Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 2016;169(4):231-40.
  • Samardžić T, Varnai VM, Bakotić M, Babić Ž, Brans R, Cvijetić Avdagić S, Štampar Šmaguc D, Kovačević I, Macan J. Skin health and safety at work in Croatian hairdressing apprentices. Contact Dermatitis. 2016 Jul;75(1):25-31.
  • Babić Ž, Tariba B, Kovačić J, Pizent A, Varnai VM, Macan J.Relevance of serum copper elevation induced by oral contraceptives: a meta-analysis. Contraception 2013;87(6):790-800.
  • Babić Ž, Crkvenčić M, Rajić Z, Mikecin AM, Kralj M, Balzarini J, Petrova M, Vanderleyden J, Zorc B.New sorafenib derivatives: synthesis, antiproliferative activity against tumour cell lines and antimetabolic evaluation. Molecules. 2012 Jan 23;17(1):1124-37.


  • Committee for safe use of medicines of the Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices of Croatia
  • Working Party on Hazard Assessment of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Biocidal Products Committee of European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; substitute member)



  • participating in the undergraduate programme “Biotechnology and drug research” at the Medicinal Faculty of the University of Rijeka
  • participating in the graduate programme „Occupational Safety, Health and Environment“ at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of metallurgy, Sisak

List of publications