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Vacancy for Senior Consultant (Toxicology)

October 6, 2015 by wca Staff

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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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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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New Ecolabel category: Furniture

December 22, 2016 by Olivia Tran

If you are a furniture manufacturer, importer or retailer, stand out in the market as one of the first license holders for Ecolabel-certified furniture. In July, the…
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Environmental risk assessment of antibiotics

November 18, 2016 by Becky Brown

Global concerns regarding antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the growing risk that antibiotics will no longer be able to treat infectious diseases is high on the…
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7th SETAC World Congress and 37th SETAC North America Annual Meeting

November 15, 2016 by Adam Peters

I recently attended the SETAC world congress in Orlando to give a presentation in a session organised by the USEPA on scientific advances supporting Water Quality…
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Italian National Guideline on biota monitoring and Biotic Ligand Models

November 10, 2016 by Iain Wilson

The Italian Institute for Protection and Environmental Research (ISPRA) have released their national guidance on biota monitoring and biotic ligand models (BLMs) in the…
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Abstract Submission for SETAC Europe 2017

November 4, 2016 by Iain Wilson

The 27th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting will be held in Brussels from the 7th to the 11th May 2017. Dean Leverett will be chairing a session (with Mirco Bundschuh of…
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Does the scientific underpinning of regulatory tools to estimate bioavailability matter?

September 28, 2016 by Adam Peters

Graham and I have recently published a paper comparing some of the implementation approaches which are available for bioavailability based water quality standards for…
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SETAC Asia/Pacific in Singapore 16th to 19th September 2016

September 19, 2016 by Graham Merrington

I attended SETAC Asia/Pacific in Singapore (16th - 19th September) that was focussed on “Managing Environmental Quality in the Asian Century”. The meeting was held at…
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Can Chemical Water Quality Standards developed by one jurisdiction be applied in other countries or regions?

August 12, 2016 by Dean Leverett

Chemical Water Quality Standards for the protection of long-term effects– e.g. Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) in Europe, Water Quality Criteria in the USA, Water…
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WCA's commitment to our EU clients following the outcome of the United Kingdom referendum.

June 25, 2016 by David Taylor

wca would like to reassure all of our EU clients that we remain committed to you and to continuing to deliver a high quality service across all of our activities. As…
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Italian Training on BLMs and Bioavailability of Metals; 24th June – CNR-IRSA (Brugherio, Italy)

June 20, 2016 by Lidia Ceriani

An Italian training session on Biotic Ligand Models and Bioavailability of Metals’ will be held next Friday at the Italian Institute of Water Research (CNR-IRSA) near…
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The 2nd International Conference on Deriving Environmental Quality Standards for the Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems (EQSPAE – 2016)

June 17, 2016 by Iain Wilson

The 2nd International Conference on Deriving Environmental Quality Standards for the Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems (EQSPAE – 2016) will be hosted by the University…
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wca at SETAC Nantes - A Review

June 8, 2016 by Becky Marks

Dean, Graham, Adam and I recently attended the SETAC conference in Nantes, which took place from the 22nd to 26th May. The conference was well attended and a great…
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Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) and Regulatory Acceptance

June 6, 2016 by Becky Brown

Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) and their application for regulatory purposes is currently receiving considerable attention. In April the European Chemical Agency…
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Assessment of Pressures on European Water Bodies Workshop JRC Ispra, Italy, 11-12 May 2016

June 1, 2016 by Lidia Ceriani

From the 11th to the 12th of May, I attended the workshop on “Assessment of pressures on European water bodies” held at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra…
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Bioavailability Implementation Forum; Meeting the challenges of implementing bioavailability-based EQS for metals

May 26, 2016 by Iain Wilson

The Bioavailability Implementation Forum was held during the SETAC Europe conference in Nantes on the 24th May to discuss meeting the challenges of implementing…
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wca at SETAC-Europe Nantes May 22nd – May 26th

May 24, 2016 by Iain Wilson

Graham Merrington, Dean Leverett, Adam Peters and Becky Marks are all currently attending the SETAC Europe Conference in Nantes. wca have a trade stand (No. 20) at the…
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wca at SETAC Nantes

May 12, 2016 by Dean Leverett

At wca we take considerable pride in being active members and supporters of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). The 2016 SETAC-Europe…
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IUCLID 6 released

May 12, 2016 by Becky Marks

Friday 29th April saw the much anticipated release of IUCLID 6, bringing in a number of significant changes to the IUCLID software. IUCLID software is required for…
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The importance of the Ecolabel in a Circular Economy

April 29, 2016 by Olivia Tran

The Ecolabel is a voluntary programme in the EU that identifies products and services with reduced environmental impact. There are 32 Ecolabel categories, including…
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Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting - Day 3

March 17, 2016 by Owen Green & Ed Stutt

Two principal consultants of wca, Owen Green and Ed Stutt, are attending the Society of Toxicology (SoT) annual meeting and ToxExpo from 13th to the 17th March in New…
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Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting - Day 2

March 16, 2016 by Owen Green & Ed Stutt

Owen Green and Ed Stutt, two of wca's principal consultants, are attending the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting and ToxExpo at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial…
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Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting - Day 1

March 15, 2016 by Owen Green & Ed Stutt

Two wca principal consultants are attending the Society of Toxiolcogy Annual Meeting and ToxExpo at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and their…
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Concept, tools and strategies for effluent testing: An International Workshop

March 15, 2016 by Becky Brown

I attended a workshop hosted by the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI - http://www.hesiglobal.org) to discuss existing strategies for effluent toxicity…
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wca at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting and ToxExpo

March 10, 2016 by Iain Wilson

Two principal consultants of wca, Owen Green and Ed Stutt, will be attending the Society of Toxicology (SoT) annual meeting and ToxExpo from 13th to the 17th March in…
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Lead Environmental Quality Standard (EQS) Screening Tool

March 8, 2016 by Iain Wilson

wca have developed a screening tool for the assessment of site-specific PNECs for Lead (Pb) and it can be freely download from the downloads section of the wca website.…
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Assessing the Reliability and Relevance of Aquatic Toxicity Studies Under the WFD

March 7, 2016 by Dean Leverett

The reliability and relevance of aquatic ecotoxicology studies (the basis of PNEC derivation) has traditionally been achieved using the so-called Klimisch scoring…
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Cost vs Benefit in Chemicals Risk Management

March 3, 2016 by David Taylor

The Royal Society of Chemistry is hosting a series of meetings that are attempting to explore some of the issues in cost vs benefit in chemicals risk management and the…
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Interdepartmental Group on Health Risks from Chemicals (IGHRC) Awareness Day - REACH Update

February 15, 2016 by Ed Stutt

Ed recently attended an Interdepartmental Group on Health Risks from Chemicals (IGHRC) Awareness Day in York giving an update on the progress of REACH. The aim of the…
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wca branches out to consortium administration tasks

February 10, 2016 by Rhiannon Smith

wca are expanding their repertoire for EU REACH registrations from the technical aspects of preparing the hazard and exposure assessments sections of dossiers to…
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SETAC Pellston Workshop™: Environmental Hazard and Risk Assessment Approaches for Endocrine Active Chemicals (EHRA)

February 9, 2016 by Melanie Gross

I attended a SETAC Pellston Workshop™ on Environmental Hazard and Risk Assessment Approaches for Endocrine Active Chemicals last week. There is currently ongoing…
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Are the Biotic Ligand Models (BLM) suitable for assessing the ecological risk of metals in Nordic freshwaters?

February 4, 2016 by Graham Merrington

Graham attended a start-up last week in Helsinki at SYKE (Finnish Environmental Institute), for a project focussed upon asking: Are the Biotic Ligand Models (BLM)…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Protected: SEPA Organic Chemicals

October 9, 2013 by Helen Gilbert

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Protected: Drafting supplementary guidance for the implementation of EQSbiota

September 3, 2013 by Helen Gilbert

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Passive Samplers Workshop – Brno, Czech Republic – July 2013

August 8, 2013 by Dean Leverett

In July I attended an expert group meeting ‘Linking Environmental Quality Standards and Passive Samplers’, organised by the Norman Network of Reference Laboratories and…
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Pharmaceuticals in the environment: is there a problem? PHARMAS Conference – Nimes 2-3 June 2013

June 13, 2013 by David Taylor

There are currently two major programmes of research being undertaken under the EU Framework 7 Programme concerned with the issue of pharmaceuticals in the environment:…
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wca at SETAC 2013 in Glasgow

May 20, 2013 by Peter Simpson

Graham, Dean, Adam, Becky and I attended the SETAC Europe Conference in Glasgow last week.
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Implementing Ecopharmacovigilance in Practice: Challenges and Potential Opportunities

May 10, 2013 by David Taylor

When a new drug is placed on the market it is universally recognised that all the potential side-effects, both positive and adverse, will not have emerged during the…
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REACH – One month to go and looking ahead

April 24, 2013 by Chris Moore

With the final deadline for the 2013 round of REACH registrations only a month away, the wca office has been a hive of activity ensuring completion and submission of…
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Visit us at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting

April 17, 2013 by wca Staff

We’re attending the SETAC Europe meeting in Glasgow. Graham, Dean, Adam , Pete and Becky will be on-hand to welcome you to our stand in the main exhibition hall, and…
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Pharmaceuticals in the environment – Is there a problem?

March 27, 2013 by Dean Leverett

David Taylor will be presenting a plenary lecture at the international conference ‘Pharmaceuticals in the Environment – Is there a problem?‘
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Seminar on Product Authorisation under the Biocidal Products Directive

March 25, 2013 by Iain Wilson

Seminar on Product Authorisation under the Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) 98/8/EC; Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) of the HSE
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wca look towards the 2013 REACH deadline

March 14, 2013 by Rhiannon Smith

As we head forward in 2013, with the May 31st REACH registration deadline racing closer, activity in the office is stepping up a gear.
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Regulation of nanomaterials in Europe

February 1, 2013 by Peter Simpson

This week (30th of January 2013) I had the pleasure of attending a one-day workshop on the European Commission’s 2nd review of nanomaterial regulation.
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SETAC Europe 2013 in Glasgow

January 16, 2013 by Adam Peters

SETAC Europe 2013 in Glasgow
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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…
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Updates to the bio-met metal bioavailability tool planned to extend applicability range

November 8, 2012 by Graham Merrington

bio-met.net is a website developed to guide those interested in using bioavailability-based approaches for assessing the risk of metals in the freshwater aquatic…
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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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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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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Strategies for Sustainability

December 21, 2011 by David Taylor

Strategies for Sustainability A further contribution of mine to the debate on moving towards a sustainable pharmaceutical industry has recently been published in…
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Quantitative risk assessment for contaminated land

December 15, 2011 by Ed Stutt

The discipline of chemical risk assessment for contaminated land continues to be in a state of flux.
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wca support Movember

December 13, 2011 by wca Staff

Several of the more gullible (or brave??) male wca staff recently took part in this year’s Movember. For those who don’t know this is the month long moustache growing…
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Ecopharmacovigilance – An update

November 9, 2011 by David Taylor

Interest in this subject has been given a boost by the appearance of a new EU Directive and associated regulation revising the law on pharmacovigilance. Recital 3 in…
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COMING SOON: 2013 REACH Registration Deadline

October 12, 2011 by wca Staff

After the first REACH registration deadline in 2010, European industry now has to prepare for the second registration deadline of the 31st of May 2013.
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OECD workshop on the environmental assessment of metals

September 30, 2011 by Adam Peters

I recently contributed to a workshop organised by the OECD which was aimed at raising awareness of the various approaches that have been developed (mostly in Europe and…
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Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials

September 30, 2011 by Rhiannon Smith

Pete and I attended the 6th International Meeting on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials in London last week.
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Launch of REACH Compliance Assist

May 17, 2011 by wca Staff

To assist your company or consortium in addressing all technical issues associated with REACH, wca is pleased to announce a further development of its strategic…
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Green Initiatives in the Pharmaceutical Industry

May 5, 2011 by David Taylor

The latest edition of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (Vol 10 No 4, 2011) has just published a series of articles on this subject which are freely available in the on-line…
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European Commission Workshop on Metal Bioavailability and the Water Framework Directive – June 21st

May 4, 2011 by Graham Merrington

The European Commission is sponsoring a workshop on June the 21st in Brussels on implementing bioavailability-based approaches for metal EQS compliance under the Water…
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Can REACH PNECs be used as Environmental Standards for non-European Countries?

April 12, 2011 by wca Staff

As a result of the December 2010 REACH registration deadline, a large amount of ecotoxicity data for chemicals will soon be available from ECHA via its REACH…
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Peer Review

March 25, 2011 by David Taylor

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in the United Kingdom Parliament is undertaking a study of the scientific Peer Review Process.
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How to consider waste under REACH

March 23, 2011 by wca Staff

The assessment of waste under REACH is an interesting aspect that has to be considered when registering a substance.
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SETAC Special Science Symposium on the environmental risk assessment of chemical mixtures

February 10, 2011 by Peter Simpson

Last week I attended the 3rd SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium, which was held in Brussels.
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Are University Press Officers bringing science into disrepute and are they being aided and abetted by their academics?

December 21, 2010 by David Taylor

When I was doing my PhD in the 1960s the world of science was a different place; for example, computers were very large machines housed in computer laboratories and my…
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Nanomaterial Provisions and Compliance under REACH

November 24, 2010 by Rhiannon Smith

There are no direct provisions under REACH for nanomaterials as a separate class of substances.
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National legislation of nanomaterials in the context of REACH

November 24, 2010 by Rhiannon Smith

Industry initiatives on nanomaterials
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Nanomaterials: Definitions and registrations under REACH

November 24, 2010 by Rhiannon Smith

Nano, from the Greek for “dwarf”, is the prefix for 10-9.
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The Regulation of Nanotechnologies under REACH

November 24, 2010 by Rhiannon Smith

Early in November, I attended a workshop on nanomaterials “The Regulation of Nanotechnologies under REACH” organized by Mayer Brown and the Nanotechnology Industries…
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wca meet 2010 REACH deadline for 400 substances

November 23, 2010 by Rhiannon Smith

It’s probably an understatement to suggest that in the run-up to the 2010 REACH registration deadline we’ve been extremely busy.
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Substance Avoidance Lists: What are they and how can you keep track of them?

November 12, 2010 by Rhiannon Smith

David Taylor and I have been working on the development of so-called “Substance Avoidance lists” which can assist businesses in planning their inventory of product…
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Future directions for REACH: 2011 to the 2013 deadline

November 2, 2010 by Becky Marks

As the 2010 REACH registration deadline approaches attention is beginning to turn towards requirements from 2011 onwards.
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The EU Ecolabel: A growing environmental standard

November 1, 2010 by Becky Marks

The EU ecolabel is a voluntary scheme set up in 1992. It provides a Europe-wide environmental accreditation for a wide range of products and services, from tourist…
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Hazard vs Risk in EU Chemicals Regulation

October 19, 2010 by David Taylor

Over the last 150 years chemists have used their knowledge and skill to develop a wide range of synthetic chemicals that have transformed our lives and our living…
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Marine Strategy Framework Directive

October 18, 2010 by Dean Leverett

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requires that EU Member States put in place measures to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) in their marine waters by…
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Dealing with the Uncertainty of Non-Test Methods under REACH

October 15, 2010 by wca Staff

At wca we have used QSARs and read-across extensively under REACH, so we were naturally interested when on 23rd – 24th of September the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)…
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ECOPHARMACOVIGILANCE – Where next?

October 14, 2010 by David Taylor

Although, at least in the developed world, acute impacts of chemicals on the aquatic environment are rare, and chronic impacts from chemicals derived from point sources…
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Manufacturing Using Sustainable Chemistry (MUSC)

October 13, 2010 by David Taylor

Manufacturing Using Sustainable Chemistry is a new network that has been established jointly by the Chemical Industries Association and the Green Chemistry Centre of…
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Future Directions for Biocides Regulation in the EU

October 7, 2010 by Melanie Gross

Revisions to the Biocidal Products Directive and the new Biocidal Products Regulation
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European Lubricants Industry Annual Congress

October 6, 2010 by Paul Whitehead

On October 21 and 22, the Independent Union of the European Lubricants Industry (UEIL) are holding their annual congress in Vienna.
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Horizon Scanning – How to add value not additional cost

September 22, 2010 by wca Staff

Innovation is the key to business success but is always associated with risks. However, risk aversion can be just as damaging to future success as taking unnecessary…
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New website on Alternatives to Animal Testing

September 16, 2010 by Mark Crane

We have worked with our collaborators to produce a new website which presents the results from a four-year Defra project on Alternatives to Animal Testing.
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Assessing the biological effects of nanomaterials

September 13, 2010 by Peter Simpson

Last week I went to a technical workshop organised by NanoImpactNet on the hazard assessment of nanomaterials in Biota. NanoImpactNet is a coordination action funded by…
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SUBSTITUTION – What?, Why? and How?

September 9, 2010 by David Taylor

The process of substitution is a core part of the EU REACH Regulation. Anyone applying for authorisation to use a “substance of very high concern” (svhc) that has been…
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Workshop on Alternatives to Animal Testing – September the 17th

August 4, 2010 by Mark Crane

We are presenting the results of the Defra-funded inchemicotox project on alternatives to animal testing in chemical risk assessment at a one-day workshop on the 17th…
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Water Sustainability and the Food Industry

August 2, 2010 by Mark Crane

wca environment’s Chairman, John Fawell, has recently worked on several water sustainability projects for food companies.
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ECOVIGILANCE – An essential requirement for the maintenance of biodiversity.

August 2, 2010 by David Taylor

The protection of biodiversity clearly has to involve multiple actions from a variety of actors, many of which relate to the continued maintenance of appropriate…
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Environmental Quality Standards and Field Evidence

July 8, 2010 by Adam Peters

Many European Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) for chemical toxicants are being revised and updated under the Water Framework Directive (WFD), and some significant…
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Regulatory developments in environmental risk assessment of endocrine disruptors

July 4, 2010 by Melanie Gross

A shift from fundamental research on endocrine disruption (ED) to a regulatory context was evident at SETAC Europe this year, with only one plenary and accompanying…
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Ecopharmacostewardship – A pharmaceutical industry perspective

June 1, 2010 by David Taylor

This chapter has now been published in the text book Green and Sustainable Pharmacy (Edit: Kümmerer & Hemple, Pub: Springer) and describes the environmental activities…
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UK Coalition Government & Animal Testing

May 28, 2010 by David Taylor

Animal Testing, environmental risk assessment, Household Products, REACH, Toxicology & Ecotoxicology
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Socioeconomic assessment under REACH (again!)

May 24, 2010 by Mark Crane

A few weeks ago I mentioned an ECHA workshop that I attended in Helsinki at which I gave a presentation on translating risk assessment outputs into socioeconomic…
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n-hexane linked to adverse health effects in China

May 11, 2010 by Paul Whitehead

I was recently contacted by a Guardian newspaper journalist to provide some background on the properties of n-hexane.
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Mode of Action – A paradigm shift in the risk assessment of micropollutants?

May 10, 2010 by David Taylor

Historically, society has evaluated chemicals using different systems developed on the basis of the use to which the substance was put.
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Converting Environmental Risk Assessment Outputs into Socioeconomic Impact Assessment Inputs under REACH

April 7, 2010 by Mark Crane

I’ve recently completed work for European Competent Authorities to develop instructive examples when translating environmental risks into environmental impacts for…
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Report from the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Pharmacy

March 4, 2010 by David Taylor

This meeting, which attracted around 40 delegates from academia, industry and regulators, was a mixture of formal input and workshop sessions designed to clarify the…
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Programme for the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Pharmacy

December 16, 2009 by David Taylor

The finalised programme for this meeting is now available here . The meeting opens with a discussion on how to approach the vision of Sustainable Pharmacy.
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Thresholds of Toxicological Concern for Endocrine Active Substances in the Aquatic Environment

December 10, 2009 by Mark Crane

A forthcoming paper by Mel, me and several other colleagues in January’s issue of the SETAC journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management looks at use of…
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Bioavailability based standards for metals are practical and accessible tools for regulators and stakeholders

December 4, 2009 by Adam Peters

The Environment Agency recently published a report by Graham, Bruce Brown and me on the use of biotic ligand models to help implement environmental quality standards…
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Evidence that population level chemical impacts can sometimes be reversed

November 28, 2009 by David Taylor

Society is right to be very concerned when chemical use leads to deleterious environmental effects, particularly where the impact is on a whole population as opposed to…
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How to identify an endocrine disrupting compound

November 26, 2009 by Melanie Gross

Although several pieces of legislation have set out stricter criteria for the approval or authorisation of chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties, the…
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Announcing the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Pharmacy

November 21, 2009 by David Taylor

Following the success of the first conference in 2008, a second event with the theme “Incentives and Perspectives” has now been announced. The conference will take…
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wca further enhance their capability in contaminated land and waste recycling

November 17, 2009 by wca Staff

wca environment have further enhanced their capabilities in the risk assessment of contaminated land and waste recycling with the recruitment of Ed Stutt (previously…
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Derivation and Use of Environmental Quality and Human Health Standards for Chemical Substances in Water and Soil

November 13, 2009 by Mark Crane

A book on Environmental Quality Standards, edited by Graham, Dawn and me has just been published by CRC Press.
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Beyond Regulation: Risk Pricing & Responsible Innovation

October 16, 2009 by David Taylor

Richard Owen from the University of Westminster together with their colleagues, Trevor Maynard & David Baxter from the Emerging Risks Team at Lloyds, and Mike Depledge…
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UK develops nanotechnology strategy

August 22, 2009 by Mark Crane

The UK government has started a wide ranging debate on its strategy for nanotechnologies.
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A Pragmatic Approach to the Precautionary Principle

August 17, 2009 by David Taylor

Most people agree that “it is better to be safe than sorry” and this is often used as a justification for the application of the Precautionary Principle
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Computational approaches under REACH

August 17, 2009 by Mark Crane

Albania, Melanie and I were recently asked to contribute an article to a special supplement of Chemisty Today dedicated to REACH. REACH (Registration, Evaluation,…
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“Is Sustainable Development Sustainable” – An Economist Debate

July 6, 2009 by sustainable development

An interesting live debate is currently underway at the Economist web-site. Two statements for and against the motion are already posted. You can add your own…
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DEFRA Chemical Stakeholder Forum

June 29, 2009 by David Taylor

David Taylor has been appointed to represent the Royal Society of Chemistry on the Chemical Stakeholder Forum (CSF
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Towards Green Pharmacy

June 16, 2009 by David Taylor

wca environment is working with a number of clients in the pharmaceutical sector to incorporate environmental sustainability into their forward business projections.…
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How to assess the toxicity of mixtures

June 16, 2009 by Peter Simpson

This week I’ve been sent back to school to learn all about the latest techniques to understand, model and predict the toxicity of mixtures. Is the toxicity of a mixture…
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Sustainable Development & Production of Human Pharmaceuticals

June 15, 2009 by David Taylor

The research pharmaceutical industry is approaching environmental sustainability in two ways. Firstly by minimising its environmental footprint by increasing the…
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Metals risk assessment at SETAC 2009

June 3, 2009 by Graham Merrington

Today’s key sessions on environmental risk assessment included an outline of the guidance document on setting EQS for metals for the Water Framework Directive and how…
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wca at SETAC Goteborg 2009

May 27, 2009 by Graham Merrington

wca will be at the SETAC Europe Goteborg Meeting next week in Sweden (31 May to 4th of June). If you’re going to be there drop by our stand and have a chat.
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