The Bioavailability Implementation Forum was held at SETAC-Brussels on the 9th May to discuss meeting the challenges of implementing bioavailability-based EQS for metals. The forums aims were to provide an update on initiatives in regard to bioavailability and BLMs that are of relevance to regulatory implementation. It was also an opportunity to discuss existing challenges and practical solutions.

A brief summary of the forum is available to download here, and the presentations from the meeting are available to view and download below:

Introduction and The Tiered approach – what is it? where did it come from and how does it work? Graham Merrington (wca)

Development of Full zinc BLM SSD normalisation tool. Frederik Verdonck (ARCHE)

Metal bioavailability: water monitoring projects. Pierre Buffet (CDI) and Bill Stubblefield (Oregon State University)

Accounting for bioavailability with poor data: options and opportunities. Chris Cooper and Frank Van Assche (IZA)

2016 Manganese EQS assessment. Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Implementing risk assessment tools in legal frameworks in The Netherlands Jos Vink, Martina Vijver and Anja Verschoor (Deltares)