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Effects Based Methods for metals under the Water Framework Directive

Effects Based Methods are a promising new tool, and are considered for use under the Water Framework Directive. Effects Based Methods are a holistic approach which could assess the risks of chemical substances more accurately. Substances are grouped by their mode of action, and specific methods are subsequently developed based on this mode of action to establish a trigger value. This allows for regulating substances with the same mode of action.

This report evaluates the use of 13 Effects Based Methods that might be considered for regulating metals under the Water Framework Directive. Each Effects Based Method was evaluated with respect to three criteria that are critical when considering such methods for regulatory use. These criteria include specificity, sensitivity (to metals and to other classes of toxicants), and the link to higher levels of biological organisation.

The evaluation concludes that that each of the available methods has at least one significant limitation. Therefore, Effects Based Methods are today not well suited for regulating metals under the Water Framework Directive. Additionally, since metals are easily and routinely measured, the added benefit of developing Effects Based Methods for metals is unclear. Instead, it is recommended to further focus on developing bioavailability models for metals mixtures. Such models would be a more practical and cost-effective tool to assess metals under the Water Framework Directive in a holistic way.

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"A New Energy Market Design for an Energy Union that Delivers on Demand Side Flexibility and Efficiency First"

ECI & actors from Europe’s energy sector, July 2015

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Comments and socio economic analysis for copper alloys. ECI's input into the public consultation on the proposal for a restriction of lead and its compounds in articles intended for consumer use

ECI, February 2014

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15 years in the Capital of Europe

This publication highlights the main achievements of ECI, plus its network of Copper Development Associations, throughout the last 15 years. Items are divided into those that have helped to grow and defend markets for copper products and those focused on maintaining the industry’s market access and licence to operate.

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2015 Annual Report

ECI and its network of national associations in Europe, collectively part of the Copper Alliance, continued its efforts to defend and grow markets for copper, ensure fair market access for copper products, and support the copper industry’s license to operate.

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2016 Annual Report

ECI and its network of national associations in Europe, collectively part of the Copper Alliance, bring together the copper industry to develop markets for copper, ensure fair market access for copper products and support the copper industry’s license to operate. This report presents our association’s main activities in 2016 and describes, where appropriate, how they fit into the European legislative agenda.

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About ECI - Corporate brochure

ECI represents the copper industry in Europe and is also part of an international network of industry associations, funded by the copper industry, whose common mission is to defend and grow markets for copper, based on its superior technical performance and contribution to a higher quality of life. This network is unified by a common brand and visual identity – the Copper Alliance.

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Comments on “Technical guide on metals and alloys used as food contact”

ECI, April 2011

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Business leaders unite in call to reconcile Europe’s climate and industrial policies

Eurometaux, March 2013

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