Archive of wca's blogs from 2012

Weight of Evidence Assessments – Whose evidence can be trusted

November 22, 2012 by David Taylor

Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.
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Health and Safety in Laboratories

November 21, 2012 by Paul Whitehead

Health and safety in school and university laboratories pose some interesting issues, not least of which is the itinerant nature of the main residents, i.e. the students. Having said that, the key principles of identifying the relevant hazards and assessing/managing the risks, are similar to other industrial laboratories and, in principle, in most workplaces.
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Updates to the bio-met metal bioavailability tool planned to extend applicability range

November 8, 2012 by Graham Merrington is a website developed to guide those interested in using bioavailability-based approaches for assessing the risk of metals in the freshwater aquatic environment, particularly within the EU Water Framework Directive.
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The Society for Environmental Toxicology And Chemistry (SETAC)

October 11, 2012 by Dean Leverett

wca are active supporters of the Society for Environmental Toxicology And Chemistry (SETAC) in Europe and the UK
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SETAC Global Advisory Group on Endocrine Disrupter Testing & Risk Assessment (EDTRA)

October 11, 2012 by Melanie Gross

SETAC approved the establishment of a new Global Advisory Group on Endocrine Disrupter Testing and Risk Assessment (EDTRA).
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Derivation of Chemical Limit Values for Water Quality: An International Perspective

October 2, 2012 by Dean Leverett

A Water Quality Limit value is a numerical concentration of a substance against which water quality objectives are measured.
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wca contribute to the development of new screening criteria for contaminated land risk assessment

September 21, 2012 by Ed Stutt

I am working with a team of risk assessors, toxicologists and statisticians to deliver Category 4 Screening Levels (C4SLs) and provide technical guidance to support Defra’s recently revised Statutory Guidance for Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
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Aquatic Toxicology Symposium

September 7, 2012 by Adam Peters

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to attend the second Aquatic Toxicology Symposium.
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EU commission publishes plan for chemical mixtures

July 4, 2012 by Peter Simpson

The EU commission has recently published it’s long anticipated response to a formal invitation from the EU council to address the issue of chemical mixtures. The Commission was asked to:
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SETAC Europe and SETAC World Congress – Berlin 2012

June 1, 2012 by Dean Leverett

Graham, Adam and I attended the combined SETAC Europe Annual Conference and SETAC World Congress in Berlin last week.
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One year to go to the 2013 REACH registration deadline!

May 31, 2012 by Helen Gilbert

All phase-in substances, manufactured or imported in the EU above 100 tonnes per year, must be registered by 31st May, 2013.
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REACH: Socio-Economic Assessments

May 18, 2012 by David Taylor

Substances are now beginning to appear on the REACH Authorisation List which means that any continued use of these materials after their Sunset Date will only be possible if there is an authorisation for the specific use.
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SETAC World Congress / SETAC Europe Meeting – Berlin

May 3, 2012 by Peter Simpson

wca will have a strong presence at the this month’s combined SETAC 6th World Congress and SETAC Europe 22nd Annual Meeting in Berlin in late May (20th – 24th May 2012).
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3rd International Conference on Sustainable Pharmacy

April 10, 2012 by David Taylor

Following two successful events in 2008 and 2010, the 3rd Conference on Sustainable Pharmacy will be held in Osnabruck on 19th and 20th November 2012. The theme of this 3rd meeting is Refine, Reduce, Replace
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WHAM7 metal speciation modelling software released

April 5, 2012 by Adam Peters

The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology have recently released an updated version of the Windermere Humic Aqueous Model (WHAM). WHAM is a chemical speciation model for predicting the speciation of metals in aqueous systems containing naturally occurring organic ligands.
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SETAC workshop on the synthesis, characterisation, ecotoxicity, hazard and risk assessment of engineered nanoparticles

February 10, 2012 by Rhiannon Smith

At the beginning of January, I attended a three-day SETAC “summer-school” entitled ‘The synthesis, characterisation, ecotoxicity, and hazard and risk assessment of engineered nanoparticles’.
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