Projects supported by German organisations

Development and standardisation of an ecotoxicological test method for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified plants

Prior to releasing a genetically modified plant (GMP) into the environment and placing it on the market in the European Union (EU), an environmental risk assessment (ERA) according to EU Directive 2001/18/EC has to be performed. Current testing of the effects of GMPs on non-target organisms is mainly based on ecotoxicological test methods that were […]

GBIF Information System Soil Zoology. Coordination of national and international assessment for the organism groups Lumbricidae and Enchytraeidae (Edaphobase II)

In this joint research project, ECT is responsible for the improvement of existing and the development of new methodological standards regarding collection, storage and usage of data in the German central data base on soil biology, Edaphobase. Besides taxonomy and biogeography the functional role of soil organisms (e.g. via gathering traits of at least the […]

Transformation of veterinary pharmaceuticals and biocides in liquid manure

Veterinary medicinal products administered to animals are excreted with urine and faeces. For animals housed in stables, the resulting manure is collected and stored before being spread onto agricultural land. Disinfection products used to sanitize stables are also transferred into the manure. Therefore, the spreading of manure is an important pathway of introducing veterinary medicines, […]

Comparison of the environmental properties of parasiticides and harmonisation of the basis for environmental assessment at the EU level

Substances that are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) are of specific concern and their identification is part of various regulations. Within the environmental risk assessment of veterinary pharmaceuticals, a PBT screening is performed for the active substances. However, so far it is not clear how PBT properties should be considered in the risk/benefit evaluation of […]

Necessity of testing biocidal products and their eluates within the authorization process aiming at an adequate environmental evaluation of mixtures – Extending the database for wood preservatives.

In the authorization process of biocidal products, the joint effects of the product components (active substances and relevant additives) shall be taken into account in the environmental risk assessment according to the relevant regulatory guidance. The concept of concentration addition (CA) is the proposed default model for this assessment. Open questions in this context are […]