Introducing the CEA regulatory ecotoxicology and risk assessment team

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Introducing the CEA regulatory ecotoxicology and risk assessment team

Who are we?

We are currently a team of three ecotoxicological risk assessors, and we’re looking to expand (find out more about our Regulatory Ecotoxicologist vacancy)!

As team leader, Alan Lawrence provides technical, strategic and regulatory leadership to risk assessment and ecotoxicology functions across CEA. Alan joined CEA in 2005, having previously worked as a GLP ecotoxicology study director at major contract research organisation, and for the MAFF Central Science Laboratory as an entomologist. Alan specialises in higher-tier risk assessments for non-target organisms, designing laboratory and field programmes, and liaising with Member State authorities. He has also conducted research projects for the UK Government into aspects of risk assessment for non-target arthropods, birds and mammals, and the use of statistics in ecotoxicology field studies. Read more about Alan.

Amy has been at CEA since 2014, having previously worked in a multi-national consultancy and at the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (the UK regulatory authority). Amy holds a PhD in aquatic ecotoxicology and MBiolSci in zoology, both from the University of Sheffield. Amy is experienced in performing higher-tier wildlife risk assessments, conducting literature reviews, designing and monitoring novel higher-tier ecotoxicology studies, and evaluating data. Amy became a SETAC Europe Certified Risk Assessor (CRA) in May 2018. Read more about Amy.

Michael joined CEA in 2012, previously working as an ecologist within the planning and development regulatory environment. Michael works mainly on risk assessments for non-target organisms, involving higher tier approaches, and preparation of regulatory dossiers. Michael has been involved in a broad range of projects, including the design of a field monitoring programme to assess bioaccumulation and biomagnification in aquatic and terrestrial food-chains, product specific assessment of risk assessment refinement options relating to updated EFSA (2013) bee guidance, and a review of EU regulatory acceptability of non-standard aquatic macrophyte testing options. Michael has also conducted a broad range of bird and mammal higher tier risk assessments for spray and seed treatment products. Read more about Michael.

What types of services do we offer our clients?

  • Undertaking standard and higher-tier wildlife risk assessments for active substances and formulated products.

  • Designing and implementing higher tier approaches, both desk-based and experimental.

  • Meeting with regulatory agencies.

  • Providing advice to clients on regulatory testing and risk assessment strategy.

  • Monitoring studies to ensure adherence to guidelines and risk assessment requirements.

  • Working within the interdisciplinary CEA risk assessment team, providing innovative solutions to regulatory problems.

  • Preparing high quality dossier sections for active substances and formulated products.

  • Reviewing data packages to identify knowledge and data gaps in relation to EU data requirements.

Some examples of our recent projects:

  • Reviewing existing aquatic ecotoxicity data set and designing additional single species aquatic invertebrate studies and modified exposure studies to incorporate into a higher-tier risk assessment for product dossiers being submitted to various Member States.

  • Conducting bird and mammal risk assessments, including design and monitoring of a field testing programme to refine exposure and effect estimates.

  • Reviewing non-target arthropod field data, preparing a rebuttal to concerns raised by regulatory authorities, preparing extrapolation argumentation from study crop to GAP crops, and commenting on the protocol for a new field study.

  • Review of endocrine disrupter studies and preparation of a position paper.

  • Attending pre-submission meetings, presenting the ecotoxicity data and risk assessment strategy for an insecticide, and advising our client on future actions.

  • Preparing the ecotoxicity section for an EU renewal dossier, including higher tier risk assessments for all major wildlife groups (including reference to several field studies).

Want to know more?

If you have any questions regarding our ecotoxicology and risk assessment services or just want to know more about our group, please contact Alan Lawrence (, Amy Brooks ( or Michael Hackett (

Want to join our team?

Find out more about our current Regulatory Ecotoxicologist job vacancy on our website - closing date is 9am on 30th September 2019.


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