Published on Friday, March 10, 2017
Our raison d’etre as a higher tier, problem solving consultancy is to work with clients to find novel solutions to often very complex regulatory issues. In doing so, we have often found ourselves pushing the boundaries of current regulatory frameworks, identifying limitations and data gaps that need to be addressed. We have been able to use these experiences to help develop policy advice and research for government and its agencies, thus helping to advance the regulatory world in which our commercial clients operate. This is reflected in more than a decade of research and development (list of projects available here), much of which we have presented at the Chemicals Regulation Directorate’s annual Environmental Risk Assessment Research Meeting (ERAR, formerly the Pesticide Safety Directorate’s Fate Annual Technical Meeting prior to 2007). Similarly, new insights and expertise developed within these policy and research projects are applied in higher tier consultancy.
Adrian Terry, Head of CEA, noted “I am very proud to lead a team made up of inquisitive and passionate individuals who question the status quo and work together to find ways in which it can be improved. It is this questioning nature that has led us to propose and execute numerous R&D projects in all manner of topics, ranging from assessing the temporal and seasonal changes in the ecology of aquatic ecosystems (PS2339) to assessing the importance of surface run off as a route of aquatic exposure to pesticides in the UK (PS2233 & PS2243). Through these research activities, we have enhanced our own skills and knowledge, and also assisted in creating a more realistic regulatory framework for the benefit of our clients.”
The full list of talks presented at ERAR meetings over the last decade are listed below, with a link to the pdf of each talk.
UK Water Industry Project DW14B207 Phase 1 - Pesticide Risk Mapping and Catchment Interventions
Hughes, G.O., Lyons, H., Pepper, T., Twining, S. et al
Predicting the impact of temporary crop covers on pesticide exposure using a modelling-based scenario approach (PS2252)
Breeding success of birds exposed to treated seed (PS2373)
Lawrence, A., and Crocker, J., Lyons, H.
Drainflow risk communication (PS2245)
Lawrence, A., and Crocker, J.
Quantifying the efficiency of vegetative buffers in reducing pesticide runoff losses – scenario development and field methodology
Pepper, T., Hughes, G.O.
Horticultural crops grown using temporary covers and plastic mulches: effects on pesticide use, fate and exposure (PS2246)
Catchment based assessments of water quality in support of policy implementation
Contextualising the risk to breeding birds from spring seed treatments: UK example
Assessing the temporal / seasonal changes in the ecology of untreated mesocosms and natural water bodies to inform the uncertainty associated with aquatic risk assessments of plant protection products (PS2339)
Scoping study for refinements to runoff assessments (PS2243)
Brown, C.D., Hughes, G.O.
Impact of Minor Uses: Development of the CRD Minor Uses Screening Tool (PS2238)
Do aquatic mesocosms represent real edge of field water bodies in the UK? (PS2339)
Taylor, S., Blake, N.
Can scale of use be used in aquatic risk assessments?
NTA Recovery (PS2355); NTA representivity (PS2356); ESCORT 3 meeting report
Lawrence, A., Brown, K.
PS2339: Do aquatic mesocosms represent real edge-of-field water bodies in the UK?
Taylor, S., Lawrence, A., Blake, N., Hughes, G.O.
Surface runoff (PS2233)
Hughes, G.O., Hollis, J., Brown, C., Ramwell, C.
Lawrence, A., Taylor, S., Blake, N., Hughes, G.O.
PS2339: Assessing the temporal and seasonal changes in the ecology of untreated mesocosms and natural water bodies
WEBFRAM 4, Objective 2: Variability and uncertainty in exposure estimates to above ground arthropods
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