Archive of wca's blogs from 2014

ECETOC SSDs Workshop Report

December 3, 2014 by Adam Peters

The European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has recently published the report of a workshop on estimating toxicity thresholds for aquatic ecological communities from sensitivity distributions.
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Metal Bioavailability Assessment Tool

November 24, 2014 by Graham Merrington

For the last 8 years wca have worked collaboratively with colleagues at the Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency and representatives of the Nickel Producers Environmental Research Association, International Zinc Association and the European Copper Institute to develop and implement a methodology to account for metal bioavailability in regulatory compliance assessment.
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SETAC North America, Vancouver

November 20, 2014 by Adam Peters

Dean and I attended SETAC North America in Vancouver last week. This is the first time for quite a few years that wca have been represented at this event, and as regular attendees of SETAC Europe we were a little surprised to find it to be of a similar size to the European events.
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Pharmaceuticals in the Environment – A Debate

October 27, 2014 by David Taylor

A fascinating meeting took place in Brussels last week when the three trade associations involved with pharmaceuticals EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations), EGA (European Generic Medicines Association) and AESGP (Association of the European Self-Medication Industry)
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Validation of mollusc reproduction test

October 1, 2014 by Becky Brown

I was involved in a recently published paper reporting on the ‘Development and validation of an OECD reproductive toxicity test guideline with the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis (Mollusca; Gastropoda)’.
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SETAC Asia-Pacific, Adelaide

September 26, 2014 by Graham Merrington

From the 14th to the 17th of September 2014, I attended SETAC Asia-Pacific in Adelaide, Australia. The theme of the meeting was Advancing Science for a Sustainable Environment and, with over 300 delegates, it was well attended.
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ETAC Asia-Pacific, Adelaide

September 26, 2014 by Graham Merrington

From the 14th to the 17th of September 2014, I attended SETAC Asia-Pacific in Adelaide, Australia. The theme of the meeting was Advancing Science for a Sustainable Environment and, with over 300 delegates, it was well attended.
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Pharmaceuticals in the Environment: DEFRA scoping the issues workshop

August 27, 2014 by David Taylor

On 14th June 2014 DEFRA invited forty people from a range of sectors across research, regulators, environmental NGOs, industry and Government to discuss the issues around pharmaceuticals in the environment.
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PBT assessments using a weight of evidence approach

August 11, 2014 by Becky Brown

This report has incorporated up to date information on persistence testing as discussed by leading academics, regulators and industry partners at an ECETOC workshop in 2012 (ECETOC workshop report 24; 2013) and includes discussions on how to deal with non-extractable residues in a PBT assessment.
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Cost Benefit Analysis of Reduction in Pharmaceutical Residues in the Environment

May 22, 2014 by David Taylor

At the recent SETAC (Europe) meeting in Basel the SETAC Pharmaceutical Advisory Group organised a workshop to consider environmental cost/benefit arising from the use of pharmaceuticals.
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The Tropical Environmental Risk Assessment of Nickel

May 6, 2014 by Graham Merrington

I attended a workshop in Singapore from the 29-30 April 2014 on the Tropical Environmental Risk Assessment of Nickel.
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SETAC Europe Annual Meeting 2014

May 2, 2014 by Dean Leverett

SETAC Europe Annual Meeting 2014 Basel, Switzerland
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Publication of Category 4 Screening Levels for Contaminated Land

April 10, 2014 by Ed Stutt

27th March 2014 saw Defra publish the eagerly awaited output from the research project to develop Category 4 Screening Levels (C4SLs) for assessment of land affected by contamination.
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Workshop: Non-dietary human exposure assessment of biocide products

February 20, 2014 by Sylwia Kosmala-Grzechnik

On the 3rd of December 2013, I attended a one-day workshop on technical aspects of human health non-dietary exposure assessment of biocide products.
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wca welcomes highly experienced scientists to its Mammalian and Environmental Toxicology teams

February 19, 2014 by Dean Leverett

We’re very pleased to welcome two new staff to wca.
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January 2014 ‘Environmental Science and Pollution Research’ – Special Issue on EQS

January 3, 2014 by Graham Merrington

I attended a conference and workshop in Hong Kong from the 3-7 December 2011 on Deriving Environmental Quality Standards for the Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems (EQSPAE).
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