SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  9 May 2013
Volume 14 Issue 5

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Ecological Risk Assessment Advisory Group Glasgow Workshop

Elisa Bizzotto, ENVIRON International Corporation and Steering Committee Member of SETAC’s Global Ecological Risk Assessment Advisory Group

Ecotoxicity studies from the academic research are not used to the extent they could be used in environmental risk assessment of chemicals. Possible reasons for this could be guidance documents that recommend use of standard tests or research studies that are not reported in a structured way, which sometimes affects their reliability and user-friendliness. Researchers and editors need to report data in a way that enables use in regulatory risk assessment, and regulators must open up for use of that data. The Ecological Risk Assessment Advisory Group (ERA AG) is sponsoring a workshop at the SETAC Europe 23rd Annual Meeting on "Closing the Gap between Academic Research and Regulatory Risk Assessment of Chemicals" from 1–6 p.m. on Sunday, 12 May in room Forth of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, that is intended to stimulate dialog and actions to enhance the use of academic research within the regulatory context.

Christina Ruden

Christina Rudén
Stockholm University

Mary Sorensen

Mary Sorensen

Jose Tarazona

José Tarazona

keynote speaker

Marlene Ågerstrand
Stockholm University

The workshop is comprised of a mix of ten platform presentations and two panel discussions. Audience participation during panel discussions is greatly encouraged. Speakers represent academia, regulatory agencies and industry tripartite, and include editors from three scientific journals. The following presenters and topics are planned:

  • José Tarazona, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland
    The REACH Experience: Current Situation and Options for Improvement
  • Valery Forbes, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
    Why Is Incorporating Better Science into Risk Assessment So Hard?
  • Paul Whitehouse, UK Environmental Agency, UK
    Variability in Environmental Quality Standards: What Are the Causes?
  • Robert Kase, Swiss Centre for Applied Ecotoxicology, Switzerland
    Towards Klimisch 2.0? – More Transparency and Quality in Risk Assessment
  • Rick Wenning, ENVIRON International Corporation, USA, and Editor-in-Chief of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
    Developing and Using Sound Science in Regulatory and Industry Decision-Making
  • Martin Führ, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Society for Institutional Analysis, Germany
    Input of Academic Ecotoxicity Studies to the REACH-Mechanisms
  • Allen Burton, University of Michigan, USA, and Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry
    Environmental Triggers Based on Stressor Importance and Realistic Exposures
  • Peter Simpson, WCA Environment, UK
    Objective Use of Data from the Scientific Literature for Risk Assessment: Nanosilver as a Case Study
  • Paul Whaley, Messagewright, UK, and Editor of Health and Environment
    Evidence-based Medicine: A Source of Novel Techniques for Advancing the Consistency of Chemical Risk Assessment?
  • Jason Snape, AstraZeneca UK Ltd, Brixham Environmental Laboratory, UK
    Maximising Scientific and Stakeholder Confidence in Non-standard Data: Lessons Learned from Other Disciplines

We invite you to be an active participant, and we look forward to seeing you in Glasgow! For more information about the Workshop, see the ERA AG website or contact any of the workshop organizers:,, or

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