ECI to Present Models to Assess Socio-Economic Costs of Harmonized Classification at SETAC

As a member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), ECI will participate this year at the SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting to be held in Nantes (France) from 22-26 May 2016.

Under the overarching theme “Environmental contaminants from land to sea: continuities and interface in environmental toxicology and chemistry”, ECI’s scientists Dr. Katrien Delbeke, Laia Perez Simbor and Dr. Stijn Baken will take this opportunity to meet scientists, government officials, and industry representatives to discuss the state-of-the-art in ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry.

Laia Perez Simbor will give a spotlight presentation and present a poster on her work titled “Socio-Economic Impacts of Copper Compounds Classification in Industrial Sites”, co-authored with Steve Van Passel. Her paper addresses the issue that socio-economic costs and benefits are currently not included in the decision making process of harmonized classification of chemicals in the European Union.  ECI has developed a method to account for such costs and benefits and two recent case studies show that the socio-economic costs of the harmonized classification of copper compounds may overshadow the environmental benefits.

Several other studies which receive ECI support will be presented as well in the conference, including:

  • “Combined toxicity considerations in a constituents-based environmental risk assessment of multi-metallic substances” (by Koen Oorts, Federica Iaccino, Violaine Verougstraete and Hugo Waeterschoot)
  • “Addressing combined toxicity in the environmental risk assessment of inorganic UVCBs: some case studies” (by Koen Oorts, Frederik Verdonck, Federica Iaccino, Violaine Verougstraete and Hugo Waeterschoot).

Materials presented in the conference will become available online here at end of May. In the meantime, please check the SETAC website for more information about the conference.