Projects supported by German organisations

Registration procedures for substances of high concern: fate, behaviour, degradation and potential accumulation of potentially persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances in aquatic meoscosms

Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) compounds deserve specific attention when considering the hazard, which these substances might cause to the environment. These circumstances are taken into account by the European Union in the REACH regulation. For example, for persistent compounds it is difficult to predict long-term effects by established risk assessment procedures, since low degradation […]

Biological testing methods for the ecotoxicological characterisation of waste

Based on the recommendations of CEN guideline 14735, an international ring test was organised by BAM, FH Giessen-Friedberg and ECT. In total, 67 laboratories from 15 countries participated in this ring test. It was performed with three representative waste types: an ash from an incineration plant mainly contaminated with heavy metals, a soil containing high […]

Examination of soil values with regard to protection of soil organisms and validation of soil assessment methods

In this project, recommendations for precautionary values are given for 16 metals and ten organics, which were derived on the basis of ecotoxicological tests performed with soil organisms. In the case of three substances (antimony, beryllium, vanadium) the amount of data was not sufficient for such a derivation, while for the metals arsenic, lead, cadmium, […]

Environmental risk assessment of veterinary medicines: Are there data gaps and how can the new legal requirement be met?

The most likely entry pathways of veterinary medicinal products (VMPs) into the environment are via slurry or manure from intensively reared animals to soil, and via dung or urine from animals grazing on pasture. Surface water may be contaminated via run-off or leaching and drainage, or  by direct excretion of pasture animals into water. According […]

Relevance of endocrine disrupting substances and pharmaceuticals for surface waters – Reassessment of occurrence, development of concepts for monitoring and measures to reduce entry into surface waters

The aim of the project was to evaluate the environmental relevance of potential endocrine disrupters in surface waters by comparing measured concentrations of the respective substances to newly proposed environmental quality standards (EQS). As a key action of the  European Commission’s strategy for endocrine disrupting chemicals, 564 potential endocrine disrupters had been listed. Further 88 […]