New publication: Compartment‐specific screening tools for persistence – potential role and application in the regulatory context

The persistence assessment under REACH relies on compartment‐specific degradation half‐lives derived from laboratory simulation studies with surface water, aquatic sediment or soil. Although these data are given priority, they are not available for most of the compounds. Therefore, according to the integrated assessment and testing strategy for persistence assessment, results from ready biodegradability tests are […]

Conference ‘New approaches for prioritisation and assessment of the risks of pharmaceuticals in the environment’

The two-day international conference ‘New approaches for prioritisation and assessment of the risks of pharmaceuticals in the environment’ will mark the end of the IMI-funded project ‘Intelligence-led assessment of pharmaceuticals in the environment’ (iPiE). The conference will take place on 24-25 June 2019 at the University of York (UK). It will provide an overview on […]

Presentation of the iPiE project at the SETAC Europe meeting

The project Intelligence-led assessment of pharmaceuticals in the environment (iPiE) will be presented at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Helsinki, at a symposium organised by the SETAC Europe Pharmaceutical Interest Group. The symposium will take place on Sunday, 26 May 2019 (13:00 – 17:30). Its aim is to present the iPiE project in detail […]

New publication: Impact of an immunosuppressive human pharmaceutical on the interaction of a bacterial parasite and its invertebrate host

The interaction of pollutants and pathogens may result in altered (often enhanced) effects of the chemical, the biotic stressor or both. While standardised detection methods for immunotoxic effects of chemicals exist with regard to human health, such test systems are lacking for invertebrate species and no guidance is available on how immunotoxic effects of a […]

Interview with Anja Coors in the current iPiE Newsletter

ECT is involved in the project ‘Intelligence-led assessment of pharmaceuticals in the environment’ (iPiE).  The iPiE project contributes to developing frameworks for intelligence-based environmental testing of pharmaceuticals and for prioritising legacy pharmaceuticals for targeted environmental risk assessment and environmental (bio-) monitoring. The current iPiE newsletter (Newsletter No 6) features an interview with Anja Coors, who […]

New publication: A new ecotoxicological test method for genetically modified plants and other stressors in soil with the black fungus gnat Bradysia impatiens

Few suitable and standardised test methods are currently available to test the effects of genetically modified plants (GMP) on non-target organisms. To fill this gap and improve ecotoxicological testing for GMP, we developed a new soil ecotoxicological test method using sciarid larvae as test organisms. Bradysia impatiens was identified as a candidate species. A functional […]

New publication: Toward sustainable environmental quality: priority research questions for Europe

The United Nations’ sustainable development goals have been established to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Delivery of the sustainable development goals requires a healthy and productive environment. An understanding of the impacts of chemicals on environmental health is essential for sustainable environmental quality. However, current research on and regulation of […]