May 10, 2019 by Grace Panter

Grace has just co-authored a paper, which was discussed during a Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Pellston Workshop titled “Improving environmental risk assessment of chemicals: Step towards evidence-based ecotoxicology". Opinions on how to use ecotoxicological evidence can in regulatory practice can differ considerably and efforts are necessary to make the translation of ecotoxicology into regulatory decisions more open and transparent. To foster cooperation between stakeholders and promote robust and transparent regulatory decision-making, we have reviewed the recent trends and development in the interpretation of ecotoxicology studies for regulatory environmental risk assessment and offer a set of recommendations.

Highlights of the paper include:

  • Nine recommendations towards evidence-based ecotoxicology, taking into account recent developments in regulatory environmental risk assessment, including reporting of all findings of experimental studies, making ecotoxicology studies publicly accessible, applying transparent and consistent evaluation criteria to all ecotoxicology studies, improving the regulatory guidance for weight of evidence evaluations, increase collaboration among stakeholders, etc.
  • Implementing the recommendations will require a concerted and sustained action from a variety of sectors and stakeholders, including industry, environmental interest groups, regulators, risk managers, policy makers, scientists, publishers and educators.
  • Better evidence will lead to better decisions, sustainable innovation and a healthier environment.

This paper has just been published in Environment International; find out more here.

Image reproduced from Martin et al. 2009