ECETOC believes that by identifying developing issues at their nascence, the chemicals industry will be better placed to undertake the appropriate scientific initiatives. An over-arching science strategy serves to guide ECETOC’s science programme and uses an issues, rather than activity-based approach.
The premise of this strategy is that ECETOC plays an integral role in science in society. Its particular remit is to contribute objective scientific evidence to the debate about the role of chemicals in the causality of disease and assure the process of risk assessment of these chemicals.
It does so via the pursuit of the following 5 broad themes:
This science strategy is also used as a basis for working with other stakeholders, such as academia, regulators, associations and international institutions to ensure that objective scientific evidence is used to provide the highest quality risk assessment of chemical products that minimises wherever possible the use of animals in testing.
The science strategy has served ECETOC well over the last years, and has been used as a guide for discussing our work programme within the Scientific Committee and with our Member Companies. Since then, new challenges have come up for the chemical industry, both on science and on the regulatory front. Issues are becoming increasingly more complex, but at the same time we are confronted with a diminishing resource of specialists in the industry that can address them. Therefore the Board and the Scientific Committee decided to review ECETOC's strategy, including the science strategy, at the 2010 Annual Technical Meeting.
Since then the ideas which the meeting produced have been developed by the Board and the Scientific Committee. These include new ways of using the scientific resources at ECETOC's disposal and ways to increase added value for members. The Strategic Science Areas concept has served us well and provided a focus for the Scientific Committee. It has allowed us to monitor the balance of our portfolio of activities and to ensure that areas which were identified as strategic were receiving sufficient attention. After three years in operation it was felt useful to reassess whether these SSA's were still appropriate.
As a result of this analysis, the following decisions were adopted:
Accordingly, from May 2011, ECETOC pursues the following 10 strategic science areas:
Chemicals in human tissue
Mixtures and co-exposure
Assessment of environmental fate and behaviour
Biodiversity and ecosystems
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Objective: Contribute to a more effective approach to hazard and risk assessment. This should also support the further development and application of alternative approaches to hazard assessment, and thereby improve the workability of REACH. Good ITS approaches can reduce cost and use of animals while providing best quality data for the risk assessment process.
Risk assessment of nanomaterials
Role of chemicals in the causality of disease
Risk, hazard and precaution
Science in society