2015 Archive

Representation at specific meetings

20 March 2015

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, Environmental Engineering Seminar Series, Newcastle University, “Putting the ‘bio’ back into biodegradation testing: Enhanced regulatory assessments” presented by Timothy Martin (Newcastle University), member of the ECETOC/Cefas/Cefic LRI Workshop on the improvement of the OECD 306 screening test held 17-18 February
2015 at Cefas laboratories, Lowestoft (UK)]

22-26 March 2015

San Diego, CA, USA, (US) Society of Toxicology (SOT) 54th Annual Meeting and Tox Expo, Participation by Alan Poole (ECETOC)

22-27 March 2015

Valencia, Spain, SETAC Pellston Workshop: Simplifying environmental mixtures – An aquatic exposure-based approach via exposure scenarios.
Participation and Member of Steering Committee: Malyka Galay Burgos (ECETOC)

The main goal of this meeting was to address the need for testable frameworks that simplify the complexities of assigning causality and provide tools that can be used for forecasting risks based on potential exposure scenarios. About 40 invited scientists and decision makers from around the world addressed the scientific underpinnings of mixture toxicity and helped refine and simplify these per exposure scenario. It is expected that retrospective methods can be used to test the veracity of these decision criteria and then be flipped to forecast the potential effects of chemical mixtures. A key output from the Workshop would then be guidance on how generalised decision trees could be used in forecasting where chemical exposure may represent a potential concern. A series of posters were presented at the SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting and a Special Series of Papers are being prepared for publication.

03-07 May 2015

Barcelona, Spain, SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting: Environmental Protection in a multi-stressed world: challenges for science, industry and regulators. Member of the Organising Committee: Malyka Galay Burgos (ECETOC)

‘Aquatic exposures to chemical mixtures in urban environments’ presented by Malyka Galay Burgos (ECETOC) on behalf of the ECETOC Task Force on Adapting Simple Treat for simulating behaviour of chemical substances ‘Sufficiency of aquatic hazard information for Environmental Risk Assessment’ presented by Michiel Claessens (Chemours (DuPont)), Christopher Hughes (Shell) and Malyka Galay Burgos (ECETOC), members of the ECETOC Task Force of the same name ‘Use of ecosystem services potentially affected by chemicals for setting protection goals and the needs of risk assessment’ presented by Lorraine Maltby (University of Sheffield) and Stuart Marshall (Unilever), Co-Chairs of the ECETOC Task Force on Chemical risk assessment – ecosystem services
‘Assessing the persistence of chemicals in the environment: future research priorities’. Poster by members of the Organising Committee of the ECETOC Workshop on Assessing Environmental Persistence, held 06-07 November 2012, at Les Salons France-Amérique, Paris, France ‘Shortcomings in ecotoxicity data to provide a testset for an ECETOC project’ presented by Paul Thomas, Chair of the ECETOC Task Force on Activity-Based Relationships for Aquatic Ecotoxicology Data: Use of the Activity Approach to Strengthen MoA Predictions (published ECETOC Technical Report no. 120, December 2013)

16-17 June 2015

New Orleans, LA, USA, ICCA-LRI and US EPA Workshop: “What Will Work? Applications of New Approaches for Chemical Safety Assessment”. Participation by Alan Poole (ECETOC)

18 June 2015

Paris, France. OECD 8th Meeting of the Extended Advisory Group on Molecular Screening and Toxicogenomics (EAGMST).

‘Towards Building an AOP prenatal Developmental Toxicity Ontology’ presented by Richard Currie (Syngenta) [member of the ECETOC Expert Team on the development of an AOP/MoA Ontology for Prenatal Developmental Toxicity] ‘ECETOC Task Force on Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) focusing on endocrine active chemicals’ presented by Christine Palermo (ExxonMobil) [ECETOC Task Force of the same name]

30 August-04 September 2015

Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA, SETAC Pellston Workshop: Improving the usability of ecotoxicology in regulatory decision making, Malyka Galay Burgos (ECETOC) participated as expert

13-16 September 2015

Porto, Portugal, 51st Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology (Eurotox). Participation by Alan Poole (ECETOC)

‘The importance of data quality to enhance the impact of the ‘omics sciences’ presented by Timothy Gant (Public Health England [ECETOC Transcriptomics Analysis Expert Team]

07-08 October 2015

Helsinki, Finland, EFSA / ECHA Topical Scientific Workshop on Soil Risk Assessment

‘Performing soil risk assessments using aquatic hazard information only: how well can it capture all the risks?’ presented by Michiel Claessens (Chemours (DuPont), member of the ECETOC Task Force on the Sufficiency of aquatic hazard information for environmental risk assessment. The presentation addressed the extent to which the equilibrium partitioning (EqP) methodology can be used assess the risks of chemicals for the soil compartment. This methodology can be applied to derive the toxicity of a chemical to soil (or sediment) organisms from its aquatic toxicity in case experimental data for the former are lacking. As within REACH registrations the ecotoxicological datasets are often limited to aquatic data, it is therefore of great interest to ECHA in which cases the EqP method can be applied reliably, and in which cases it cannot.

09 October 2015

Brussels, Belgium, ECHA ASO Workshop. Participation by Alan Poole (ECETOC)

12 October 2015

Berlin, Germany, Chem Academy Conference on Endocrine Disruptors

‘Overview of ECETOC Scientific Initiatives on Endocrine Disruptors’ presented by Remi Bars (Bayer CropScience), Lennart Weltje (BASF) and James Wheeler (Dow), members of the ECETOC Task Force on ‘Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) focusing on endocrine active chemicals’]

1-5 November 2015

Salt Lake City, UT, USA. SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting.

‘Aquatic exposures to chemical mixtures: urban typology’ presented by Malyka Galay Burgos (ECETOC) and Derek Muir (Environment Canada) on behalf of the ECETOC Task Force on Adapting Simple Treat for simulating behaviour of chemical substances. ‘Proposed modifications to the OECD 306 seawater biodegradation screening tests’ presented by Timothy Martin (Newcastle University), on behalf of the Organising Committee of the ECETOC/Cefas/ LRI Workshop on the improvement of the OECD 306 screening test, held 17-18 February 2015 at Cefas laboratories, Lowestoft (UK). ‘Challenges and potential limitations to the application of the chemical activity concept for ecological risk assessment. Physical-chemical properties & partitioning’ presented by Todd Gouin (Unilever), Chair of the Organising Committee of the ECETOC Workshop on ‘Defining the role of chemical activity in environmental risk assessment within the context of mode of action: Practical guidance and advice’, held 29-30 October 2015, Snowbird, Utah, USA. A poster by the same Organising Committee on the same subject was also presented. ‘Classification of chemicals according to MoA and chemical activity or other dose metrics for chemicals with specific mode of action’ presented by Joop Hermens (University of Utrecht), member of the Organising Committee for the ECETOC Workshop on ‘Defining the role of chemical activity in environmental risk assessment within the context of mode of action: Practical guidance and advice’, held 29-30 October 2015, Snowbird, Utah, USA.

02-04 November 2015

Manchester, United Kingdom. RSC 14th Meeting on Chemistry in the Oil Industry: Challenges and Responsibilities.

‘Latest developments in PBT testing approaches for the Regulatory Assessment of Offshore Chemicals’. Poster and presentation by Bob Rowles (Cefas) on behalf of of the Organising Committee of the ECETOC/Cefas/Cefic LRI Workshop on the improvement of the OECD 306 screening test held 17-18 February 2015 at Cefas laboratories, Lowestoft (UK).

10-11 November 2015

Cologne, Germany, 6th International Fresenius Conference ‘Endocrine Disruptors’.

‘Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) focusing on endocrine active chemicals’ presented by James Wheeler (Dow AgroSciences) on behalf of the ECETOC Task Force of the same name.

December 2015

Alderley Park, UK, AstraZeneca Global Environment Symposium

‘Putting the ‘bio’ back into biodegradation testing: Enhanced regulatory assessments’ presented by Timothy Martin (Newcastle University) on behalf of the Organising Committee of the ECETOC/Cefas/Cefic LRI Workshop on the improvement of the OECD 306 screening test held 17-18 February 2015 at Cefas laboratories, Lowestoft (UK).

Input to specific projects and reports

  • 6th Framework Programme Co-ordination Action Project “Norman”
    Participation in Advisory Board on behalf of ECETOC by Stuart Marshall (Unilever)
  • 7th Framework Programme Co-ordination Action Project “EUROECOTOX”
    The EUROECOTOX, EU-FP7 funded project and network promotes cooperation between research centres, industry and other stakeholders in Europe devoted to the R&D and application of Alternative Testing Strategies in Ecotoxicology. Since December 2012 the network has been coordinated by Dr Malyka Galay Burgos of ECETOC, one of the EUROECOTOX partners.
  • ECHA Endocrine Disruptor Expert Group
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Remi Bars (Bayer)
  • ECHA Guidance on IR&CSA, Chapter R.7a, Section R.7.6 (reproductive toxicity)
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Christine Palermo (ExxonMobil)
  • CHA Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR&CSA), Chapter R.7b, (Sediment Compartment)
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Gordon Sanders (Givaudan)
  • ECHA Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR&CSA), Chapter R.7.2, (Irritation / Corrosion)
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Pauline McNamee (P&G)
  • ECHA Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR&CSA), Chapter R.12 (use descriptor system)
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Manon Loos (Albemarle)
  • ECHA Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR&CSA), Chapter R.14: Occupational exposure estimation and Part D: Exposure scenario building
    PEG R14: Michael Haack, Wacker Chemie
  • ECHA Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR&CSA), Chapter R.15: Consumer exposure estimation
    PEG R15: Carlos Rodriguez, P&G
  • ECHA Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR&CSA), Chapter R.16: Environmental exposure estimation
    PRG R16: Johannes Tolls, Henkel
  • ECHA Update of the “Guidance on Labelling and Packaging in accordance with regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008”
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Gerd-Uwe Spiegel (Dupont)
  • ECHA Nanomaterials Working Group
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Karin Wiench (BASF)

 

 

  • ECHA Partner Expert Group: “Introductory Guidance on the CLP Regulation”
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Ingolf Kühn (BASF)
  • ECHA PBT Partner Expert Group
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Michiel Claessens (DuPont)
  • ECHA PBT Expert Group
    The Expert Group advising ECHA on PBT issues has regularly met since May 2013. Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Sylvia Jacobi (Albemarle)
  • ECHA Risk Assessment Committee (RAC)
    Participation as an observer on behalf of ECETOC by Alan Poole

 

 

  • ECVAM Stakeholder Forum (ESTAF)
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Remi Bars (Bayer)
  • Endocrine Disrupter Expert Advisory Group to the EU Commission (ED EAG)
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Remi Bars (Bayer) and James Wheeler (Syngenta, now at Dow)
  • Klimisch Update for Environmental Risk Assessment
    The ring test has been evaluated and commented with input from scientists in the ECETOC membership. The outcome of this exercise was presented at a special Workshop at SETAC Glasgow 2013. Several publications, including a peer reviewed paper, a book and several reports are expected to be published in 2015. For more information contact Malyka Galay Burgos at ECETOC.
  • OECD Extended Advisory Group on Molecular Screening and Toxicogenomics (EAG MST)
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Remi Bars (Bayer)
  • OECD Endocrine Disrupters Testing and Assessment (EDTA) Advisory Group
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Remi Bars (Bayer)
  • SETAC Europe 2015 Scientific Committee and 25th Annual Meeting
    Member: Malyka Galay Burgos (ECETOC)
  • STFC / NERC Bioinformatics and Environmental ‘Omics Network
    The overarching objective of the network is to build bridges between scientific communities in bioinformatics and environmental ‘omics. The network will be co-aligned with the establishment of the new UK National Environmental Research Council (NERC) Environmental ‘Omics Synthesis Centre (EOS), which has the remit of exploring emerging areas of bioinformatics and environmental ‘omics and their application to environmental problems. ECETOC is represented by Malyka Galay Burgos
  • WHO/IPCS Chemical Risk Assessment Network
    Participation on behalf of ECETOC by Alan Poole (ECETOC)