Ecological Risk Assessment Workshop

Closing the Gap Between Academic Research and Regulatory Risk Assessment of Chemicals
Sunday 12 May 2013, 13:00-18:00, Forth

Chair: Christina Rudén, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM), Stockholm University, Sweden.
Co-Chair: Mary Sorensen, ENVIRON, Georgia, USA. Chair of SETAC’s Ecological Risk Assessment Advisory Group.
Co-Chair: José Tarazona, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland .

Ecotoxicity studies from the academic research are not used to the extent it could be in environmental risk assessment of chemicals. A possible reason for this could be guidance documents that recommend use of standard tests. Another possible reason could be that research studies are not reported in a structured way, which sometimes affects their reliability and user-friendliness. To close the gap actions must be taken. 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. 

Speakers representing the academia, regulatory agencies, industry tripartite, and editors from scientific journals are participating in a workshop intended to start a discussion and encourage actions to close the gap between academic research and regulatory risk assessment of chemicals. The workshop is a mix of panel talks and panel discussions where audience participation will be encouraged.

Workshop Programme.

Opening Remarks 13:00

  • Christina Rudén, Department of Applied Environmental Science, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Mary Sorensen, ENVIRON International Corporation, USA
  • Marlene Ågerstrand, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM), Stockholm University, Sweden

Group 1: Speakers

  • Jose Tarazona, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland
  • Valery Forbes, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
  • Paul Whitehouse, UK Environmental Agency, UK 
  • Robert Kase, Swiss Centre for Applied Ecotoxicology, Switzerland
  • Rick Wenning, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM), USA



Group 2: Speakers

  • Martin Führ, University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Allen Burton, Cooperative Inst. of Limnology and Ecosystem Research, editor-in-chief of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (ET&C), USA
  • Peter Simpson, WCA Environment, UK
  • Paul Whaley, Messagewright, UK
  • Jason Snape, Brixham Environmental Laboratory, UK


Adjourn 18:00h

For more information about the programme, please contact Marlene Ågerstrand.

How to register

  • Entrance fee: 10 euro.
  • Pre-registration is now closed but you can still register onsite.

    Pesticides and fertilizers in life cycle assessment

    Towards consensus about the delimitation between life cycle inventory and impact assessment in LCAs with pesticide and fertilizer use

    This workshop attempts to establish broad consensus about the delimitation between the life cycle emission inventory and impact assessment for agricultural applications of pesticides and fertilizers in life cycle assessment (LCA). It is co-organised by the Technical University of Denmark and Quantis both within the EU project TOX-TRAIN, and the USEtox team.

The workshop attempts to establish broad consensus about the delimitation between the life cycle emission inventory and impact assessment for agricultural applications of pesticides and fertilizers in life cycle assessment (LCA). It is co-organised by the  and both within the EU project , and the team.

The aim of the workshop is to define clear guidelines for LCA practitioners, data (base) and characterisation method developers, and decision makers where the boundary between the product system model (emission inventory) and the environmental model (impact assessment) should be set in all three spatial dimensions. The workshop will NOT be about how to quantify emissions or related impacts of pesticides and fertilizers, but focusing on clearly defining what should be quantified in the emission inventory of the product system and what should be quantified by the characterisation factors from the impact characterisation models, avoiding any overlap or double counting of processes. The consensus should be published in a relevant scientific journal, so that it can be referred to and referenced by all stakeholders

Participation is free of charge.

  • When: Saturday 11 May 2013, 8:00 – 19:00
  • Where: Hotel Thistle Glasgow, Cambridge Street, Glasgow, UK
  • Who: Up to 40 experts from all continents working with/on LCA, or representing pesticide/fertilizer producers, users, or regulators (participation via web-conference also possible) 
  • Registration: Required by email to until 30 April 2013
  • Detailed information and preliminary programme: Available under

Developing Global Guidance for Environmental Life Cycle Impact Assessment

As a component of a multi-year global process on life cycle impact category indicators and methods, a workshop has been organized back-to-back with the Glasgow meeting.  This technical workshop is the first in a series of workshops planned over the next several years.  The result of the process initiated at this workshop will be a global guidance document based on the achieved consensus building and a research agenda for further development. 

The challenge now is to create a consensus list of environmental impact category indicators embedded in a consistent methodological framework.  Such a set (or subset) of consensus environmental impact category indicators can be used in environmental product information schemes, corporate reporting of multinational companies, international and/or national environmental policy and common LCA work commissioned by governments and companies.

The workshop will have two parts - an open session on Thursday, May 16 May and an invited, expert session on Friday 17 May.  All stakeholders are welcome to participate in the open session, which will be held from 16:00 -20:00 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Room Argyll, adjacent to the Congress Centre. 

The organizing committee would like to understand what the stakeholder needs are regarding impact indicators and relevant models/methods.  If you are interested to contribute to the process, please contact Prof. Dr Olivier Jolliet indicating LCIA guidance in your e-mail title.

Co-chaired by:

  • Dr. Rolf Frischknecht (treeze Ltd., Switzerland)
  • Prof. Dr. Olivier Jolliet (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Dr. Thomas McKone, (University of California-Berkeley, USA)

When: 16 May (open session) and 17 May (upon invitation)
Where: 16 May from 16:00 - 20:00 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Room Argyll

Risk-based Weight of Evidence (WoE) Bioaccumulation Assessment

Sunday 12 May, 10:00 – 16:30, Boisdale

Chair: Karluss Thomas (Global Silicones Council, Washington DS, USA)

The purpose of this workshop is to review and discuss the most recent scientific advancements associated with testing and assessment methods for persistence (P), bioaccumulation (B), and toxicity (T) as part of an evaluation of ecological risk.  The workshop will explore the application of established scientific principles to support regional PBT assessments in North America, Europe, and Asia.  Workshop participants will include international stakeholders from government, academia, and industry with interest and expertise in PBT assessments. 

The primary goal for the workshop is to develop a shared understanding among workshop participants of the appropriate use of laboratory derived information (estimated and measured), field-based monitoring data, and model estimates in a tiered weight-of-evidence (WoE) approach to assess PBT.  Further, the workshop will consider the collective implications of the PBT assessment along with other factors, such as a compound’s intrinsic properties, empirical monitoring data, and metabolism, for the development of an ecological risk assessment. 

The workshop will feature a selection of case studies to allow participants to work through specific examples.

Expected Workshop Deliverable

The Workshop is intended to be a part of the ongoing global dialogue on the science associated with PBT assessments.  The outcome of the workshop will be a consensus workshop proceedings document that will summarize the key discussion elements from the workshop, document consensus viewpoints, and highlight next steps for resolving those areas where consensus has not been achieved.


For registration and more details about the meeting, please contact Karluss Thomas at