Research for a safe use of chemicals
Research about chemicals faces a big challenge - speed. Every hour, 40 new chemicals are discovered. What happens when you mix these chemicals? The answer is that nobody really knows. There is simply not time enough to investigate all of them. FRAM responds to this challenge by focusing on risk assessment and management strategies of not only single chemicals but also complex mixtures of chemicals.
FRAM is a research centre for risk assessment and management of mixtures of chemicals. Our research aims to define safe local, regional and global boundaries for chemical pollution that protect humans and the ecosystem services against the impact of all chemical emissions and exposures acting together.
We develop fundamental knowledge and practical solutions with a national, European and world-wide perspective in mind. We link abstract and case-specific knowledge and test new approaches in case studies implemented in different political, economic and ecological systems in Sweden, Kenya and Chile.
Our research areas
The research within the centre can be sorted into three areas. However, all activities are linked together.
We focus on solutions
The FRAM research follows a solution-focused philosophy and harnesses scientific knowledge from natural sciences, economics, law, social and political sciences. We are striving to identify reliable, creative, and equitable solutions to the problem of chemicals impacting ecosystem services.
Three case studies form the backbone of our research and are fully funded by the FRAM Centre. The activities we perform in the case studies, correlate with our research areas. We investigate the environmental status, evaluate chemical risks and develop management strategies relevant for each case and for mixtures of chemicals at large.
In addition to the case studies, we also perform other research projects that are relevant for chemical risk assessment and management.