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Consultation on UK REACH – what might this mean?

May 21, 2024 by Becky Marks

The long-awaited consultation on the Alternative Transitional Registration model (ATRm) under UK REACH is now open, with two of the key takeaways from the new proposals…
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Water Quality Stocktake: Identification of Priority Emerging Pollutants in Waters of England and Northern Ireland

May 14, 2024 by Ed Stutt

At the SETAC Europe conference in Seville Ed presented his poster on the prioritisation of emerging contaminants in water on the same day…
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SETAC Seville Day 2

May 8, 2024 by Iain Wilson

Becky was co-chair of an endocrine disruption session on Day 2 of SETAC Europe and also had a platform on the assessment of endocrine disruption potential…
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SETAC Seville Day 1

May 7, 2024 by Iain Wilson

wca had an action packed Day 1 at SETAC Europe; Iain chaired a session, Ed having a poster spotlight, a poster each from Becky and…
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How to Make the Most of Data of Chemicals Concentrations in Environmental Media: Practical Use of CREED, Challenges and Solutions

April 30, 2024 by Graham Merrington

How to Make the Most of Data of Chemicals Concentrations in Environmental Media: Practical Use of CREED, Challenges and Solutions…
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Regression on Order Statistics – an approach for dealing with non-detects

April 29, 2024 by Iain Wilson

Measured concentrations below the limit of detection (LoD) (or limit of quantification (LoQ)) can be a potential issue when performing a chemical risk assessment. Numerous methods have been applied ranging…
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wca at CHEMUK 2024

April 18, 2024 by Olivia Tran

wca will be at the CHEMUK show for the first time this year on the 15th and 16th May at the NEC, Birmingham . The event is…
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wca at SETAC Europe 2024

April 12, 2024 by Iain Wilson

wca are long standing partners of SETAC Europe. As in previous years, we have a major presence at the 34th Annual SETAC Europe Meeting to be held in…
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Establishing a Science-Policy Panel on Chemicals and Waste – Insights for Industry

April 9, 2024 by Olivia Tran

The International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP) hosted a webinar on 4th April discussing the establishment an intergovernmental Science-Policy Panel (SPP) on chemicals, waste and pollution prevention.
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Environmental risk assessment of the use of zinc oxide medicated feeds for weaning piglets in the UK

April 5, 2024 by Adam Peters

Adam and Graham have recently published a study evaluating the potential environmental risks that may result from the use of zinc oxide based medicated feeds for weaning piglets.
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Criteria for Reporting and Evaluating Exposure Datasets (CREED)

February 12, 2024 by Graham Merrington

When undertaking an environmental risk assessment for a chemical there are commonly two key inputs; the first is related to the how hazardous the chemical is, most often determined through…
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Biocides Europe 2023 conference

December 22, 2023 by Sylwia Kosmala-Grzechnik

Earlier in December, I had the privilege of attending the Biocides Europe 2023 conference in Vienna, organized by Chemical Watch. The conference brought together representatives of…
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SETAC Seville 2024

November 6, 2023 by Becky Brown

wca will be active again at SETAC in 2024 which will be hosted in sunny Seville (#SETACSeville). We are inviting people to submit abstracts for a variety…
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Conducting and interpreting vitellogenin measurements in fish for regulatory purposes

October 17, 2023 by Becky Brown

wca are pleased to announce the publication of two new open access papers concerning the assessment of the vitellogenin protein (a pivotal protein biomarker for endocrine activity of chemicals) in…
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Detection of anti-androgenic activity of chemicals in fish studies: a data review

August 4, 2023 by Grace Panter

Hot off the press! Grace and Becky, with colleagues from CropLife Europe, have just had a review paper on the sensitivity of fish testing guidelines to detect the…
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Confirmation of extension of the UK REACH registration deadlines and data access under 12-years rule

July 27, 2023 by Rhiannon Smith

We published a blog in May about the draft Statutory Instruments which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) had presented to Parliament for extending the registration…
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Implementing approaches to account for metal bioavailability in freshwaters: Current status and future directions

July 4, 2023 by Graham Merrington

When Graham and Adam attended SETAC North America in Pittsburgh last year they organised a meeting to discuss the approaches to metal bioavailability implementation in different regions, states,…
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Employee Ownership Day 2023

June 22, 2023 by Rhiannon Smith

wca are proud to be an employee owned company and Employee Ownership Day is celebrated annually across the UK; this year’s celebrations on 23rd June will…
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New EU hazard classifications for ED, PBT/vPvB and PMT/vPvM

June 19, 2023 by Olivia Tran

The EU has recently finalised new hazard classes under the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation. The new hazard classes are: Endocrine disruption for human health, Category…
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Not Just Another NAMs meeting – NAMs from Aspiration to Implementation

June 13, 2023 by Rhiannon Smith

Following on from ECHA’s recent workshop, I was in London last week, at the NAMs workshop held by HESI and NC3Rs, which has…
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