Archive of wca's blogs from 2015

Chemicals legislation benefits indicators

December 22, 2015 by David Taylor

All enacted EU legislation is supposed to produce benefits that are greater than the imposed costs. However with complex regulations such as REACH demonstrating that initial predictions of cost and particularly benefit can be complicated. DGENV is currently engaged in several projects attempting to calculate the benefits of chemicals legislation and this workshop describes current progress on one of these projects.
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There is a Conflict at the Heart of EU Water Pollution Policy

October 28, 2015 by David Taylor

The current application of the hazardous substances provisions of Article 16 of the EU Water Framework Directive are in fundamental conflict with a number of other Directives and Regulations controlling the use of those hazardous substances that are currently essential to the wellbeing of the Community and its citizens.
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Outputs from Terrestrial Bioaccumulation workshop

October 28, 2015 by Becky Brown

In January 2013 a workshop was hosted by ILSI Heath and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI), in Miami, Florida, USA on ‘Bioaccumulation of organic chemicals in terrestrial environments’.
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The Manganese Showcase Symposium

October 23, 2015 by Adam Peters

Last week Graham and I attended the Manganese Showcase Symposium organised by the International Manganese Institute in Ottawa.
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Environmental Risks of Nickel in Southeast Asia and Melanesia

September 16, 2015 by Graham Merrington

I was in Jakarta this week with Chris Schlekat of NiPERA for meetings on Bioavailability-based Methods to Assess the Potential Environmental Risks of Nickel in Southeast Asia and Melanesia
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The Pharmaceutical Industry – An introduction

September 3, 2015 by David Taylor

Hot on the heels of Volume 40 in Issues in Environmental Science and Technology comes Volume 41 dealing with the current status of the Pharmaceuticals in the Environment issue
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Still Only One Earth

August 26, 2015 by David Taylor

The series “Issues in Environmental Science and Technology”, edited by Ron Hester and Roy Harrison has now reached its 40th volume and the editors decided, at my suggestion, that it might be interesting to review progress in environmental management over the last 40 or so years since the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment took place in Stockholm in 1972.
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REACH in the Aviation Industry

July 31, 2015 by Olivia Tran

Many different chemicals are used in the aviation industry for a wide range of different uses, many crucial in maintaining aircraft and passenger safety.
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Environmental Regulations and the Green Chemist

July 13, 2015 by David Taylor

I have a chapter on “Environmental Regulations and the Green Chemist”
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SEGH – Bratislava, 22-26 June

June 26, 2015 by Ed Stutt

I’ve just returned from the 31st International Conference of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health
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REACH: The importance of substance identity

June 11, 2015 by Becky Marks

The 2018 REACH registration deadline is fast approaching and with so many substances due to be registered substance identity is set to be a huge issue.
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SETAC Europe – Barcelona, 3-7 May

June 4, 2015 by Adam Peters

Several of us at wca are relatively recently back from the SETAC Europe meeting in Barcelona where we gave presentations on a variety of issues relating to metals speciation, toxicity and regulation, triclosan bioavailability, bisphenol A, and persistence assessments.
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Non-animal testing for skin sensitisation – some regulatory acceptable alternatives

March 3, 2015 by Owen Green

REACH Annex VII requires assessment of available human animal and alternative data followed by an in vivo test (usually OECD429 mouse LLNA and variations OECD442A and B or the less popular OECD406 guinea pig maximisation test).
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wca Abstracts Accepted for SETAC Barcelona

January 30, 2015 by Dean Leverett

At wca we take considerable pride in being active members and supporters of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).
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Vacancy for Senior Consultant (Toxicology)

January 7, 2015 by wca Staff

Job title: Senior Consultant (Toxicology)
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