This will be fun! It is now confirmed that I’ll be speaking about the Policy from Science Project at a workshop at the SETAC Europe Annual meeting, in Glasgow in May.
The workshop topic is: Closing the Gap Between Academic Research and Regulatory Risk Assessment of Chemicals. (Sunday 12 May 2013, 13:00-18:00)
It promises to be a very interesting session. Other speakers confirmed so far are:
- Valery Forbes, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
- Peter Simpson, WCA Environment, UK
- Rick Wenning, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM), USA
- Jose Tarazona, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland
- Robert Kase, Swiss Centre for Applied Ecotoxicology
- Paul Whitehouse, UK Environmental Agency
About the workshop: Ecotoxicity studies from the academic research are not used to the extent it could be in environmental risk assessment of chemicals. A possible reason for this could be guidance documents that recommend use of standard tests. Another possible reason could be that research studies are not reported in a structured way, which sometimes affects their reliability and user-friendliness. To close the gap actions must be taken. Researchers and editors need to report data in a way that enables use in regulatory risk assessment, and regulators must open up for use of that data.
Speakers representing the academia, regulatory agencies, industry tripartite, and editors from two scientific journals are participating in a workshop intended to start a discussion and encourage actions to close the gap between academic research and regulatory risk assessment of chemicals. The workshop is organized into of 3 sections, each culminating in a panel discussion where audience participation will be encouraged.