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Workshop on EUSES update needs

Purpose

EUSES (the European Union System for the Evaluation of Substances) is a decision-support instrument (software) which enables government authorities, research institutes and chemical companies to carry out rapid and efficient assessments of the general risks posed by chemical substances.

The primary objective of this workshop is to review the state of the art regarding environmental exposure assessment of chemical substances (i.e. industrial chemicals and biocides mainly) in a regulatory context. The workshop will provide a platform for regulators, industry, academia and other stakeholders of REACH and biocides Regulations to address the needs for an update of EUSES and on the means to do so. The discussions will be based on the recent scientific developments on release estimation and fate assessment within regulatory exposure assessments.

The specific objectives of the workshop are:

  • Discuss and agree among stakeholders from industrial chemicals and biocides areas on the update needs (for both release and fate modelling modules); most relevant areas of improvements have been already identified (e.g. the RIVM report, ECHA 2015); some of update needs have been identified only recently (e.g. in the area of authorisation of substances under REACH Regulation).

  • Prioritisation of the update needs: this should take into account the relevance of the update, easiness of implementation, agreement on the solution among stakeholders. A first attempt of prioritisation has been already included in the RIVM report for the issues mentioned in it. This should, however, be complemented and reviewed during the workshop

  • Discuss a proposal for the update process. Proposal should include the role of dedicated stakeholder consultation group for agreeing on the requirements, providing input when relevant to the IT-developers and testing the tool.

Date and venue

The seminar is organised in ECHA premises. It’s planned to have two full days workshop on 10-11 April 2018.

Programme

The workshop will focus on the topics listed under “Purpose” section above.

A more detailed programme outline will be published closer to the event. Please check this page for updates.

Presentations

The presentations will be made available on ECHA’s website after the event.

Expenses

The workshop is free of charge. However, participants themselves will need to cover travel and accommodation expenses.

Participation

Should you be interested in participating in the workshop please complete the form via the link below by 11 January 2018. The number of participants of the workshop is limited to app. 40 persons, so organising committee of the workshop will select participants to ensure broad spectrum of stakeholders and views present. We will confirm your participation by 9 February 2018.

 LINK: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/624B455D545699FC

Contact

For suggestions or questions about the workshop, please contact: euses[at]echa.europa.eu


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