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PFA poster presented at SETAC Europe Conference 2013

July 18th, 2013

The Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe Conference held in May at Glasgow, allowed us to present a poster on “novel predictive methods for the environmental properties of alkanes.” Our poster is available to view as a pdf here.

As ever, the conference was well attended; from our perspective the key themes and highlights were:

  • Nanoparticles:high level of activity on hazard and risk assessment in this new area.
  • Probabilistic risk assessment: including regulators’ acceptance and the defence of its appropriate use.
  • Substitution and green chemistry: focusing on existing alternative selection and sustainable production.There was little activity on ‘designing out’ hazards, however. This is an area in which we are active: see www.envichem.co.uk for developments.
  • Ecosystem level effects and ‘PBT’ substances: addressing the application of knowledge on ecosystem-level impact to risk assessments and assessments for substances for which safe levels cannot be established. Measuring and assessing bioaccumulation with expanding data sets of sometimes conflicting information was a focus for detailed discussion.