Active task forces

ECETOC task forces are established by ECETOC’s Scientific Committee in response to an identified need or objective, which typically sit within the framework of its strategy.

The work of an ECETOC task force follows a terms of reference established by the Scientific Committee. Each task force is directed by a chairman, who is responsible for assuring the completion of its objectives. And each task force is supported by a scientific officer from the ECETOC Secretariat.


Assessing the human health and environmental safety of polymers

Terms of Reference Considering existing risk assessment approaches (e.g. food safety regulation, EU Technical Guidance Document/REACH Guidance, international polymer assessment frameworks), devel...
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Exposure-based adaptations Task Force

Background Within the REACH legal text there are 2 ways to adapt the standard testing requirements; column 2 of annexes VII to X, and Annex XI. Annex XI contains 3 potential options – testing not p...
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Geospatial approaches to increasing the ecological relevance of chemical risk assessments

Aim The overall aim of this task force is to review and inform on the use of geo-referenced data to increase the environmental relevance of chemical risk assessment. The task force aims are complem...
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Human Exposure Task Force

The objective of the Human Exposure Task Force is to decide on exposure topics to be proposed to the ECETOC Scientific Committee (i.e. as ECETOC Task Forces or Cefic LRI activities), based on either t...
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Inhalation Toxicological Properties of Low Soluble Particles and Their Relevance for C&L

Background Poorly soluble particulate substances of low toxicity are progressively coming under intense regulatory pressure culminating in unjustified additional testing (see the extensive data pac...
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Moving persistence (P) assessments into the 21st Century: Developing a new paradigm to assess degradation potential of chemicals

Background Recent progress in the scientific understanding of the underlying processes of persistence and degradation has provided an opportunity to develop an improved framework and best practices f...
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Persistent chemicals and water resources protection

Background Several initiatives end-2017 and 2018 on identification of substances of concern to drinking water resources. ECETOC role in supporting the development of a science-based framework to a...
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Special T4 Task Force

Background A potential connection between reduction of thyroid hormones, in particular thyroxine (T4), and impaired neuronal (mental) development in children is being discussed. This debate has cause...
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Targeted Risk Assessment: TRA Tool Steering Team

Introduction ECETOC initiated its targeted risk assessment (TRA) activity in 2001 and the first public version (v1) of the TRA exposure model was made available in 2004. Since then the TRA tool has c...
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Use of clinical data in identification of respiratory sensitisers

Background RAC has for the first time made a Classification and labelling (CLH) proposal to classify a chemical as a respiratory sensitiser based upon national surveillance data and the presence of...
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