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wca at SETAC 2021: Reliability of fish data for endocrine disruptor hazard assessment

May 4, 2021 by Becky Brown

We are really looking forward to virtual SETAC Europe this week. There are some really nice presentations which will support our ongoing projects on endocrine…
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SETAC Europe 2021 Annual Meeting

April 30, 2021 by Iain Wilson

wca are long standing partners of SETAC Europe. As in previous years, we have a major presence at the 31st Annual SETAC Europe Meeting (Virtual Conference). The meeting…
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UK Only Representative (OR) services

April 27, 2021 by Rhiannon Smith

As the initial rush is over, and we reach the deadline for grandfathering substances into UK REACH, many companies are looking to the next deadline in October for…
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UK REACH: Deadline for grandfathering fast approaching

March 2, 2021 by Becky Marks

Under UK REACH, UK-based companies with existing registrations under EU REACH can benefit from grandfathering these into the UK system. This option applies for any…
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Plant Protection Products – gearing up for IUCLID

February 17, 2021 by Becky Marks

From 27th March 2021, the Transparency Regulation (EU 1381/2019) will come into force, and this aims to increase transparency of data and decision making for risk…
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Use of the Xenopus eleutheroembyronic thyroid assay (XETA) in endocrine assessments

February 9, 2021 by Grace Panter

Becky Brown and Grace Panter recently attended an interesting webinar by European Food Safety Authority/European Chemicals Agency (EFSA/ECHA) on how to consider the…
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An Irish Adventure

January 14, 2021 by Dean Leverett

Since the formation of wca environment Ltd in 2005, the company has operated out of a single office in southern England. During 2020, with the end of the Brexit…
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Developing understanding of the fate and behaviour of silver in fresh waters and waste waters

December 14, 2020 by Adam Peters

Adam and Graham have been working with researchers from the Wilfred Laurier University and the University of Waterloo in Canada, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in…
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SETAC-North America: SETAC SciCon2 Round-up

December 2, 2020 by Grace Panter

It was a busy week for Adam and Graham participating in the virtual SETAC North America 41st Annual Meeting - SETAC SciCon2 between the 15th and 19th of November 2020.…
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SETAC North America: SciCon2

November 30, 2020 by Adam Peters

The SETAC North America meeting has been held as a virtual conference recently (SciCon2) and Adam co-chaired a session with Chris Mebane of the USGS
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Updated UK REACH guidance

October 27, 2020 by Olivia Tran

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published detailed guidance to comply with UK REACH.
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Perspectives on Relevancy Assessment for Non Standard Ecotoxicity Data in Environment Quality Standard derivation: Examples for Diclofenac

October 15, 2020 by Graham Merrington

Graham, Adam and Dean have just published the paper "Perspectives on Relevancy Assessment for Non Standard Ecotoxicity Data in Environment Quality Standard derivation:…
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Demonstrating the Reliability of Bio‐Met for Determining Compliance with Environmental Quality Standard (EQS) for Metals in Europe

October 5, 2020 by Adam Peters

Adam and Graham have been working with colleagues in Arche Consulting, NiPERA, IZA and ECI to evaluate the reliability of the simplified metal bioavailability tool…
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Deriving a bioavailability-based zinc environmental quality standard for France

September 24, 2020 by Graham Merrington

wca and colleagues at the International Zinc Association have derived a bioavailability-based zinc EQS for France following recently updated European Technical…
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New guidance on UK REACH

September 4, 2020 by Olivia Tran

Defra published new guidance on UK REACH on 1 September. The new framework will be administered by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and will come into effect on 1…
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Implications for the EU Ecolabel in the UK after Brexit: an update

August 12, 2020 by Olivia Tran

New EU guidance for products with the EU Ecolabel awarded by the UK Competent Authority, no indication for a national product ecolabelling scheme in the UK post-Brexit
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Preparing for UK REACH

August 7, 2020 by Becky Marks

With just months to go until the likely implementation of UK REACH, plans are being made to prepare for the new system. Companies are focussed on understanding how UK…
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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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