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Assessing the Reliability and Relevance of Aquatic Toxicity Studies Under the WFD

October 6, 2015 by Dean Leverett

The reliability and relevance of aquatic ecotoxicology studies (the basis of PNEC derivation) has traditionally been achieved…

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Fresenius Endocrine Disrupter Conference, Cologne

November 26, 2018 by Becky Brown

Last week Becky Brown attended the 9th International Fresenius Conference on Endocrine Disrupters in Cologne, Germany.
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Call-off contracts and REACH training

October 24, 2018 by Rhiannon Smith

wca are proud to present some new offerings – call-off contracts and REACH training.
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HSE & Defra Meeting: Chemicals EU Exit Stakeholder Event

October 16, 2018 by Ed Stutt

Last week Ed attended an event put on by Defra and HSE to highlight what would happen to chemicals regulation in the UK in the event of a no deal Brexit (when UK would…
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ET&C Editors Spotlight

October 12, 2018 by Adam Peters

A recent paper led by wca in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry describing the application of the nickel Biotic Ligand Model to a number of both tropical and…
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29th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting (Helsinki; 26th - 30th May 2019)

October 12, 2018 by Dean Leverett

The 29th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting will be held in Helsinki from the 26th to the 30th May 2019. Dean Leverett will be chairing a session (with Mirco Bundschuh of…
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ALGA PFAS Summit, Sydney ICC; 2nd October

October 3, 2018 by Graham Merrington

Graham attended, and presented at the ALGA PFAS Summit at the International Conference Centre in Sydney held on the 2nd October.
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wca in New Caledonia

September 27, 2018 by Graham Merrington

Graham Merrington is currently in New Caledonia on behalf of NiPERA meeting local scientific organisations involved in environmental research in the behaviour and fate…
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Update from the UK government of no deal Brexit on chemical regulation

September 25, 2018 by Rhiannon Smith

The UK government has recently released some further information regarding the regulation of chemicals if there is no Brexit deal.
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Refinery effluent assessment: Options for using effects-based tools in combination with passive samplers

September 19, 2018 by Becky Brown

wca has conducted a critical evaluation of available “effects based tools” (EBTs) that could be used in conjunction with passive samplers in monitoring surface waters…
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2018 EcoForum Meeting in Sydney from the 2nd to 4th October 2018

September 11, 2018 by Graham Merrington

Graham has been invited by the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association to deliver two keynotes at their 2018 EcoForum Meeting in Sydney from the 2nd to 4th of…
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Updating and upgrading NONS registrations under REACH

August 8, 2018 by Rhiannon Smith

NONS substances (Directive 67/548/EEC) can be regarded as REACH registered, however maintenance of the registration is necessary to keep it up to date, to change…
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Beyond registration…what next for REACH?

July 24, 2018 by Becky Marks

With the passing of the final REACH registration deadline for phase in substances in May, many breathed a sigh of relief at having accomplished the successful…
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Joint Northern Contaminated Land Fora Summer Conference 2018 - Hosted by Yorkshire Contaminated Land Forum, 10th July

July 11, 2018 by Ed Stutt

Ed Stutt has attended the annual Joint Northern Contaminated Land Fora meeting, this year held in Leeds. The meeting focussed on waste and material reuse, linking…
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Validation of the nickel biotic ligand model for locally relevant species in Australian freshwaters

June 25, 2018 by Graham Merrington & Adam Peters

A new paper has been accepted for publication, with Adam Peters as lead author, on the validation of the nickel biotic ligand model for locally relevant species in…
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Endocrine disruptors and biocides

June 19, 2018 by Becky Brown

The new endocrine disrupter criteria for biocides apply from the 7th June 2018 under Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 . This means that new biocides and biocides currently…
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SETAC Rome 2018; Days 3 and 4

May 18, 2018 by Iain Wilson

wca had a very productive final two days at the SETAC Europe 2018 conference, presenting both platforms and poster presentations, interacting with other delegates and…
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SETAC Rome 2018; Day 2

May 16, 2018 by Graham Merrington & Iain Wilson

wca have had another busy day on Tuesday at SETAC Rome; with Graham presenting in a platform session, and Iain and Becky presenting three posters on wca's work. Find…
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SETAC Rome 2018 Day 1

May 14, 2018 by Ed Stutt & Iain Wilson

wca are at SETAC Rome 2018 (Booth 33) along with over 3000 delegates; and have been very busy interacting with the delegates and attending numerous sessions
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Nanosilver less toxic than ionic silver in standardised ecotoxicity tests

May 3, 2018 by Dean Leverett

During 2017, Dean was part of a team of scientists supporting a REACH testing programme aimed at comparing the ecotoxicity of the ionic and nano forms of silver using…
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wca at SETAC Rome

March 22, 2018 by Dean Leverett

wca have a long history of involvement with, and support for, the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). Our staff have, over the years, attended…
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SETAC Workshop on Bioavailability-Based Freshwater Quality Criteria for Metals

January 29, 2018 by Adam Peters and Graham Merrington

Adam and Graham were invited to attend a SETAC Workshop on Bioavailability-Based Freshwater Quality Criteria for Metals from 3-7 December 2017. The meeting was…
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New article on weight of evidence approaches for endocrine disrupters

January 25, 2018 by Melanie Gross

Melanie Gross recently co-authored a paper reviewing weight-of-evidence (WoE) approaches for the assessment of endocrine disrupting properties. The aim of this paper…
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28th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting (Rome; 13th - 17th May 2018)

October 25, 2017 by Dean Leverett

The 28th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting will be held in Rome from the 13th to the 17th May 2018. Dean Leverett will be chairing a session (with Mirco Bundschuh of Landau…
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Active pharmaceutical ingredients entering the aquatic environment from wastewater treatment works: A cause for concern?

October 23, 2017 by Dean Leverett

Dean has contributed to a recently published paper reporting on the variation in wastewater treatment works (WwTW) influent concentrations of a wide variety of active…
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3rd International Conference on Endocrine Disruptors

October 20, 2017 by Olivia Tran

Olivia Tran attended the 3rd International Conference on Endocrine Disruptors (ED) held on the 16th and 17th October in Berlin. There were about 50 participants from…
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Sector specific guidance for REACH registrations

September 8, 2017 by Rhiannon Smith

As part of our work with the European REACH Grease Thickeners Consortium (ERGTC), wca are currently preparing sector specific guidance documents to assist companies…
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Putting the Read Across Assessment Framework into practice

August 14, 2017 by Becky Marks

With the release of ECHA’s Read Across Assessment Framework (RAAF) for human health endpoints in 2015 and the subsequent 2017 update to include environmental…
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Rinse-off Cosmetic Ecolabels: Lessons Learned

August 7, 2017 by Olivia Tran

Since the Ecolabel criteria for rinse-off cosmetics were updated in December 2014, wca have prepared and submitted a number of new applications for clients. Our…
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Expert workshop on test methods for evaluating endocrine disrupters

June 7, 2017 by Becky Brown & Owen Green

A workshop hosted by DG Environment was held between the 30th May and the 1st June 2017 in Brussels to discuss priorities for further development and validation of test…
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SETAC Europe Brussels 2017; Day 5

May 11, 2017 by Olivia Tran

We’ve had a great time this week at SETAC Brussels meeting our collaborators, clients and peers and sharing knowledge on ecotoxicology and chemistry. On the final day…
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SETAC Europe Brussels 2017; Day 3 and 4

May 11, 2017 by Olivia Tran

It has been a busy week so far at SETAC Brussels, with one day to go! We have all been gaining knowledge and contributing to discussions on endocrine disrupter testing…
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metalsintheenvironment.com has been launched

May 10, 2017 by Iain Wilson

The metals mixtures website (metalsintheenvironment.com) is now live, and has recently been featured in the SETAC Globe update. The website has been developed as a…
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SETAC Europe Brussels 2017; Day 1 and 2

May 9, 2017 by Ed Stutt

wca are currently attending a very busy SETAC Europe 2017 in Brussels Belgium. We are enjoying the usual packed scientific programme (8 parallel sessions) and renewing…
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wca at SETAC Brussels

April 12, 2017 by Dean Leverett

wca have a long history of involvement with, and support for, the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). This year is no exception, and we look…
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Workshop on Thyroid Disruption

April 10, 2017 by Louise Youngs

Supporting an EC project on ‘Setting priorities for further development and validation of test methods and evaluating endocrine disruptors’, Louise Youngs recently…
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ECETOC Seven Steps for the Identification of Endocrine Disrupting Properties (ECETOC 7SI-ED)

March 31, 2017 by Melanie Gross

In December 2016, ECHA and EFSA, with support from the JRC, published an “Outline of draft Guidance Document for the implementation of the hazard-based criteria to…
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56th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo™, Baltimore (Maryland, US): The last day

March 20, 2017 by Owen Green & Louise Youngs

On the final day of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT), Dr Owen Green and Dr Louise Youngs attended the Symposium on ‘Evaluating the…
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56th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo™, Baltimore (Maryland, US): Day 3

March 19, 2017 by Owen Green & Louise Youngs

Dr. Owen Green and Dr Louise Youngs of wca attended the 56th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo™ in Baltimore, Maryland and have produced a summary of Day 3 of the conference.
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Society of Toxicology 56th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo™, Baltimore (Maryland, US): Day 2

March 16, 2017 by Owen Green & Louise Youngs

Dr. Owen Green and Dr Louise Youngs of wca are currently attending the 56th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo™ in Baltimore, Maryland and have written a re-cap of Day 2 of the…
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56th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo™, Baltimore (Maryland, US): Day 1

March 14, 2017 by Owen Green & Louise Youngs

Dr. Owen Green and Dr Louise Youngs of wca are currently attending the 56th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo™ in Baltimore, Maryland and are providing daily updates of the…
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“Effects Based Tools” (EBT) and the Water Framework Directive (WFD)

March 13, 2017 by Becky Brown

There are currently 33 substances or groups of substances designated as priority substances (PS) under the WFD, for which environmental quality standards (EQSs) have…
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Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting and ToxExpo™ 2017

March 2, 2017 by Owen Green & Louise Youngs

The 56th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo™ of the Society of Toxicology will be held this month in Baltimore, USA (12th to 16th March). Following on from our successful…
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Workshop: Applying exposure science to increase the utility of non-animal data in the efficacy and safety testing

March 2, 2017 by Louise Youngs

Non-animal approaches can provide useful information on the mechanism of action, informing substance evaluation and product development. However, the regulatory…
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Endocrine Disruption: What Does the Future Hold for Safety Assessment?

February 2, 2017 by Louise Youngs

I recently attended the RSA Conference on the regulatory implications of ED assessment, which explored the relevance and reliability of available tools. The conference…
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