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FRAM - Centre for Future Chemical Risk Assessment and Management Strategies

FRAM is a multi-disciplinary research centre focusing on chemical mixtures and chemical pollution on ecosystem services that are provided by rivers, lakes and coastal areas.

Today you can find hundreds of toxic chemicals in the environment, such as waters and also in human blood. Today’s modern chemical regulations, such as REACH, have failed to take into account the combined effects of several toxic substances on ecosystems and human health.

Mixtures more toxic

These regulations rest on the key assumption that a managed chemical is the only toxicant present in an otherwise pristine ecosystem – ignoring that typically dozens or even hundreds of chemicals co-occur at the same time. This is problematic since even low concentrations could contribute to a cocktail-effect when the chemicals occur together.

FRAM gathers a multi-disciplinary group of environmental scientists within the fields of ecotoxicology, ecology, environmental chemistry, environmental systems analysis, environmental economists and experts within environmental law and tax law.

FRAM will:

  • Define secure local, regional and global limits for chemicals that protect ecosystems services.
  • Develop economical and political instruments to deal with chemical mixtures
  • Test new methods in studies in different political, economical and ecological systems – Sweden, USA, Chile and Kenya.
  • Act as a knowledge centre for education and dissemination of new methods for chemical risk assessment and risk management.

 

The centre works in close collaboration with stakeholders from authorities, chemical regulation, chemical industry and civil society.

 

For more information please visit  www.fram.gu.se

 

Page Manager: Annika Koldenius|Last update: 4/20/2017
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