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Registration open to the joint SOLUTIONS and FRAM workshop on mixture prioritisation in Gothenburg 9-10 February 2017

Together with SOLUTIONS the FRAM Center for Future Chemical Risk Assessment and Management Strategies at the University of Gothenburg arranges a workshop with focus on Prioritisation Methodologies.

Integrating mixture risk assessment and prioritization procedures under the EU water directive

The workshop aims is to explore options for integrating assessments of mixture toxicity and cumulative risks of chemicals in the aquatic environment into prioritization procedures under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). 

The workshop will focus on three main topics:

(i) How to identify priority mixtures?
(ii) How to identify drivers of mixture toxicity?
(iii) How to set Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) for priority mixtures?

Concepts, criteria, models and experimental tools for tackling these questions shall be discussed. Barriers to effective problem solving, and possible ways to overcome them, shall be identified. Both environmental risks and human health risks from mixtures of chemicals in fresh and marine waters shall be taken into consideration. Prior attention will be given to approaches that fit into the framework provided by the current legal text of the WFD. However, the discussion may also include approaches that would require a revision of the WFD in adaptation to scientific progress.

As a forum for this debate, the workshop brings together SOLUTIONS partners and advisors, FRAM members and advisors, and invited external experts from science, regulation and other stakeholder groups. All participants are encouraged to bring in their views and to suggest effective approaches to the three topics. The mutual feedback is expected to help shaping current and future work on these issues in both FRAM and SOLUTIONS. As a publishable output, the workshop results shall be documented in three discussion papers on the three main topics.

Where and when

The workshop will be held 9-10 February 2017 at Wallenberg Conference Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden.




Please contact Dr. Åsa Arrhenius by e-mail asa.arrhenius@gu.se if you have  questions about the workshop.