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EC Report on Intentionally Added Microplastics

February 12th, 2018

Peter Fisk Associates Limited was part of a team with Amec Foster Wheeler (now Wood plc), Environment Agency Austria, and Burges Salmon, that worked on a project to define and assess the environmental risks of intentionally added microplastics, for the European Commission.  The resulting report is now published online here.

The objectives of the project were to:

  • prepare an assessment of the risks that the use of intentionally added microplastics in products may cause to the environment and human health via the environment;
  • prepare a risk management option analysis (RMOA) to assist the Commission in identifying whether regulatory risk management would be required and to identify the most appropriate measures to control the risk.
  • gather information relevant for a socioeconomic analysis and to present this and the risk assessment in the format of an Annex XV restriction dossier

PFA’s work on the project was largely concerned with sourcing and assessing existing literature on hazard, and defining environmental exposure using adaptations of existing exposure models, as well as assessing the potential for releases and uptake of substances from microplastic particles, using existing emission scenario methodologies.  The findings and uncertainties associated with the assessments are set out in the report.

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