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Changes to EU REACH dossier completeness checks

March 28, 2023 by Lucy Kennelly

The European Commission has revised some of the information requirements for registering chemicals under REACH. New rules have been implemented under this revision which change the automatic and manual completeness…
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New Publication on The Protectiveness of the Bioavailability Based Environmental Quality Standard for Zinc

March 23, 2023 by Adam Peters

Adam and Iain have recently published a study evaluating the protectiveness of the bioavailability based Environmental Quality Standard for zinc that is used in the…
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Determination of PDEs for Extractables and Leachables

March 13, 2023 by Owen Green

Extractables are individual chemical entities that can be extracted from individual component types of any form of a medical device under laboratory conditions, using appropriate solvents or solvent systems. Extractables…
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PFAS restriction proposal published

March 6, 2023 by Becky Marks

The long-awaited restriction proposal for Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) was published on 7th February. The restriction dossier has been prepared jointly by the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden,…
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Completion of Phase 3 of the UKWIR Chemicals Investigation Programme (CIP)

January 16, 2023 by Dean Leverett

The UKWIR Chemical Investigations Programme (CIP) is a long-term chemical monitoring programme focused on the UK wastewater treatment industry. The first phase focused on the sources of contaminants in wastewater…
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UK REACH registration deadlines to be extended by 3 years

December 6, 2022 by Sylwia Kosmala-Grzechnik

Since the UK left the EU, all substances manufactured in or imported into the UK at tonnages of 1 tonne per year or above need to be registered under UK…
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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 last…
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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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