ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH is a private enterprise that was founded in 1993.
In compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, we perform standardised ecotoxicological tests in the laboratory as well as semi-field and field studies. Established test systems cover the aquatic, benthic and terrestrial environment and also include dung organisms. In addition to performing standardised tests, we modify existing or develop new methods to improve the characterisation of environmental risks caused by chemicals. The results of our experimental and desk-based studies are used in the environmental risk assessment of industrial chemicals (REACH), biocides, pharmaceuticals, plant protection products, wastes and genetically modified organisms.
Through constant involvement in international research projects and cooperation with universities, ECT keeps up with the state of the art in the field of ecotoxicology. Based on broad scientific expertise we can provide solutions and develop strategies to solve problems that may arise during marketing authorisation, notification or classification of chemical substances.
Since 1993, ECT has been growing constantly and employs currently about 30 permanent staff. All staff members hold a degree from a university or a technical (high) school. In addition, we host each year several undergraduate and graduate students who often conduct their thesis work with us. Our laboratory and office space covers now more than 1600 m² and includes an isotope laboratory.
Important milestones of the company are:
• the first GLP certification in 1994
• the start of developing testing methods for new OECD guidelines in 1995
• the first coordination of a cooperative research project funded by the European Union in
• the start of cooperating with Brazilian research institutions in 1997
• the establishment of a staff unit providing regulatory services in 2000
• the extension of our services to the pharmaceutical industry in 2003
• the start of testing and evaluation industrial wastes in 2007
• the accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 in 2010