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Implementing Approaches to Account for Metal Bioavailability in Freshwaters

November 22, 2022 by Graham Merrington

Adam and Graham helped run a meeting in the margins of SETAC North America, Pittsburgh on “Implementing Approaches to Account for Metal Bioavailability in Freshwaters: Current Status and…
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wca at SETAC North America 2022 Recap

November 21, 2022 by Graham Merrington

Adam and Graham participated in SETAC North America, held in Pittsburgh between 13th and 17th November, chairing two sessions and making six presentations. The CREED…
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Detecting endocrine disruptor effects via the thyroid: Recent developments

November 17, 2022 by Grace Panter

At wca we have been carefully following recent developments regarding endocrine disruptor (ED) testing via the thyroid. Here we summarise some of the potential new tests which will impact ED…
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13th International Akademie Fresenius Conference Endocrine Disruptors 8 and 9 November 2022

November 17, 2022 by Grace Panter

Last week I presented at the Fresenius Endocrine Disruptor (ED) conference in Cologne. It was a hybrid meeting, with as many people attending virtually, as in person. Some of…
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SETAC Pittsburgh 2022

November 14, 2022 by Iain Wilson

Adam and Graham are at the SETAC North America Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh this week! Both Adam and Graham are presenting and chairing sessions this…
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wca at the Fresenius Endocrine Disruptors Conference

November 2, 2022 by Grace Panter

Next Wednesday (9th November), Grace Panter from wca will be presenting in Cologne, Germany, at the International Akademie Fresenius Conference on Endocrine Disruptors. On behalf of…
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Sessions at SETAC Europe 2023

October 25, 2022 by Olivia Tran

wca invites abstracts for four sessions at SETAC Dublin The 33rd annual SETAC Europe conference will be taking place in Dublin, Ireland, from 30 April to 4…
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Sources of Copper into the European Aquatic Environment

October 19, 2022 by Iain Wilson

Graham, Adam and I are co-authors of the paper Sources of Copper into the European Aquatic Environment, that has just been published in IEAM,…
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SETAC Technical Workshop to develop Criteria for Reporting and Evaluation of Exposure Data (CREED)

August 24, 2022 by Graham Merrington

The outputs from this workshop continue to be developed and are now being tested (beta testing) by 93 experts from over 30 countries. This beta testing is being undertaken to…
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Assessing the impact of wastewater treatment works effluent on downstream water quality

July 21, 2022 by Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner and three colleagues from the UKWIR Chemicals Investigation Programme (CIP) have recently published a paper – summarising river quality obtained by this nationwide monitoring programme over the…
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SETAC-Copenhagen 2022: Topical discussion on the European Commissions Chemical Strategy for Sustainability

May 30, 2022 by Adam Peters

I moderated a topical discussion at SETAC Copenhagen on the European Commissions Chemical Strategy for Sustainability and how it relates to metals with Steve Lofts (CEH), Chris Cooper (IZA), and…
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SETAC-Copenhagen 2022: Investigating endocrine-disrupting properties of chemicals

May 24, 2022 by Grace Panter

Last week I attended the session on “Investigating endocrine-disrupting properties of chemicals: developments and challenges towards new approach methodologies (NAMs)”, at SETAC-Copenhagen. It was great to be at a conference, in…
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wca at SETAC Europe 2022

May 16, 2022 by Iain Wilson

wca are long standing partners of SETAC Europe. As in previous years, we have a major presence at the 32nd Annual SETAC Europe Meeting to be held in Copenhagen.
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New publication; An assessment of the EU-wide risk of Nickel to surface waters

May 9, 2022 by Graham Merrington

Adam, Iain, and Graham have recently published a Critical Perspectives article in ET&C with colleagues from NiPERA. The article examines the new approach produced by the European Commission to Deselect…
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New paper published on the concentrations of contaminants in sewage effluents

April 14, 2022 by Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner and two colleagues from the UKWIR Chemicals Investigation Programme (CIP) have recently published a paper – summarising data obtained by this nationwide monitoring programme over the last ten…
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Manuscript on the assessment of secondary poisoning by the pharmaceutical diclofenac

March 18, 2022 by Dean Leverett

A few weeks ago Adam and Graham had a manuscript on the assessment of secondary poisoning by the pharmaceutical diclofenac accepted for publication by the Journal Environmental Sciences Europe. The paper considers the…
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Do you still hold a NONS notification?

February 16, 2022 by Rhiannon Smith

The Dangerous Substance Directive was the pre-cursor to REACH in the EU and notifications made under this Directive were known as NONS (‘Notification Of New Substances’). Currently, NONS notifications for…
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Recent Publication on Implementing Bioavailability

February 10, 2022 by Adam Peters

A lack of monitoring data for Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) is often a limiting factor in implementing bioavailability-based Environmental Quality Standards for trace metals such as copper, nickel, and…
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SETAC Technical Workshop; Criteria for Reporting and Evaluating Exposure Datasets (CREED)

January 31, 2022 by Graham Merrington

A SETAC Technical Workshop aimed at developing Criteria for Reporting and Evaluating Exposure Datasets (CREED) began, virtually, at the end of January. This follows on from the development…
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Bioavailability Implementation Guidance

January 20, 2022 by Adam Peters

Iain, Graham, and Adam have been working on helping environmental regulators to implement bioavailability based Environmental Quality Standards for metals for some years. One of the key tools for doing…
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