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Genotoxicity testing – combined in vivo micronucleus and comet assays

July 28, 2020 by Kate Roylance

ECHA’s Member State Committee has recently confirmed that a combined in vivo comet assay (OECD 489) and micronucleus test (OECD 474) will be considered as one study for…
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Analysis of Alternatives is gaining importance in Europe

July 24, 2020 by Olivia Tran

Analysis of Alternatives has a key role to play in safer chemicals and the Circular Economy.
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ECHA report on alternatives to in vivo testing

July 8, 2020 by Rhiannon Smith

In June, ECHA issued a report to the European Commission on how REACH registrants are applying alternatives to in vivo testing.
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REACH registration dossiers: Grouping speeds up the evaluation process

July 6, 2020 by Sylwia Kosmala-Grzechnik

The second report on Integrated Regulatory Strategy , entitled ‘Grouping speeds up regulatory action’, released recently by ECHA, provides an update on the current…
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ECHA SME verification

June 19, 2020 by Rhiannon Smith

One of the topics discussed in the draft motion for a resolution on chemicals strategy for sustainability published in February was requests for further support for…
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The future of the EU chemicals strategy

June 17, 2020 by Rhiannon Smith

Last week, the EU parliament’s environment committee held a meeting to discuss the draft motion for a resolution, which lists the aims and considerations which the…
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June 1, 2020 by Graham Merrington

wca participated in the SciCON SETAC’s 30th Annual European meeting between May the 3rd and 7th of May 2020. We were involved with presentations and posters on metals…
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Update on COVID-19

May 15, 2020 by Dean Leverett

In my previous blog on how wca are coping with the Covid-19 outbreak, I promised further blog updates as the situation developed.
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Statement on COVID-19

March 17, 2020 by Dean Leverett

At this difficult and testing time for everyone, I thought it might be useful to highlight the arrangements that wca are putting in place to deal with the Covid-19…
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Market Research for Authorisation under REACH

March 3, 2020 by Ed Stutt

ECHA has recently published a report based on a project conducted by wca at the end of last year. Working in collaboration with ECHA, Ed and Olivia carried out market…
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Draft Regulation sets strict deadlines for registrants to update their REACH registration dossiers

February 10, 2020 by Sylwia Kosmala-Grzechnik

ECHA’s concerns that companies are not keeping their REACH registrations up to date has led to the drafting of an Implementing Regulation, setting out a deadline of 3…
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Conference on Current Issues in Contaminated Land

January 15, 2020 by Ed Stutt

At the end of 2019 Ed attended a conference on Current Issues in Contaminated Land hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Brownfield Risk…
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10 years at wca

January 13, 2020 by Rhiannon Smith

At the start of a new year, and a new decade, it is a time for reflecting on the past and looking to the future. As we return at the start of 2020, both Becky and…
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Antibiotics in the Water Environment: Occurrence, Detection, Fate

December 17, 2019 by Grace Panter

Grace attended the Water Science Forum conference on “Antibiotics in the Water Environment: Occurrence, Detection and Fate”, in London, UK. The aim was to understand…
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Report on the application of food and organic garden waste (FOGO) to land for the NSW Environment Protection Authority

October 25, 2019 by Graham Merrington

Ed and Graham have been working recently with Resource Recovery Policy Branch of NSW Environment Protection Authority to assist in the development of an evidence-base…
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Clarification of provisions for phase-in substances under REACH published by European Commission

October 21, 2019 by Sylwia Kosmala-Grzechnik

Although the REACH registration deadline for phase-in substances passed in May 2018, it is not a closed topic for many companies. The European Commission has recently…
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Assessing the risks of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (PiE) at wca

October 17, 2019 by Becky Brown

The assessment of the risks of pharmaceuticals in the environment is one of wca’s core work areas. We cover a range of activities from waiver statements through to…
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User-Friendly Tools to account for metals bioavailability, Training Seminar with Spanish Regulators, at the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, Madrid

September 27, 2019 by Graham Merrington

Graham and Adam along with Diego Garcia Carvajal from the European Copper Institute were fortunate to be invited to run a seminar for Spanish regulators in Madrid on…
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Employee Ownership – what it means to us

September 13, 2019 by Becky Marks

Last week, Rhiannon and Becky attended the Employee Ownership Association’s Midlands Regional Network meeting hosted by Scott Bader. At wca we are proud to be part of…
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Environmental Impact of Pharmaceuticals in Developing Countries

September 5, 2019 by Becky Brown

Next week Becky Brown will be attending a workshop in Nairobi aimed at understanding the environmental and non-therapeutic health risks of increasing access to…
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bio-met v5.0 released

July 8, 2019 by Iain Wilson

The new version of bio-met, version 5, was released in June 2019. This tool estimates the potential risk to the aquatic environment posed by copper, nickel, zinc and…
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Pharmacology beyond the patient – The environmental risks of human drugs

July 5, 2019 by Dean Leverett

Dean and Becky Marks have recently co-authored a paper, Pharmacology beyond the patient – The environmental risks of human drugs with pharmaceutical industry and…
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Are the Biotic Ligand Models (BLM) suitable for assessing the ecological risk of metals in Nordic freshwaters? Project for the Nordic Council of Ministers.

June 17, 2019 by Graham Merrington & Adam Peters

Adam and Graham attended the final project meeting at the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, in Helsinki last week. The meeting discussed the data that were produced…
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Implementing bioavailability-based approaches for metals compliance; ISPRA May 2019

June 5, 2019 by Graham Merrington

Graham and a group of colleagues representing Eurometaux ran a workshop during May in Rome for local and regional regulatory organisations on implementing…
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