CEA will be co-chairing a session at SETAC Copenhagen and we invite you to submit an abstract!

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CEA will be co-chairing a session at SETAC Copenhagen and we invite you to submit an abstract!

The call for abstracts for SETAC Copenhagen 2022 has now begun! 

CEA will be co-chairing a session at the conference next year on the following topic:

Session 6: Developments for regulatory risk assessment for birds and mammals under pesticide legislation

Co-chairs: Manousos Foudoulakis (Corteva Agriscience), Theo C.M. Brock (Wageningen University), Emily McVey (ctgb), Amy Brooks (CEA)

The Guidance Document (GD) on the risk assessment for birds and mammals for plant protection products (EFSA 2009)1 was the first guidance developed by EFSA in ecotoxicology and a recent EFSA document has indicated the need for developing a new risk assessment scheme specific for bats (EFSA 2019)2. After extensive use by risk assessors in the EU (authorities and industry) during the last 12 years, the 2009 GD is now in the process of being officially updated by EFSA, with tentative deadlines for completion in 2022. Although successfully applied and agreed in several areas, the GD contains topics which remain controversial and/or lack harmonization in interpretation among regulators. Significant efforts have been carried out in the last 3-4 years to address some of these points, both by regulators (EFSA project for data compilation; regulators’ workshops) and industry (publications and data compilation). Some of these topics were addressed in well-attended sessions that took place at SETAC EU 2019 (‘Revision of the EFSA Guidance Document on Birds and Mammals’) and SETAC EU 2020 (‘Refinement of the risk to birds and mammals from plant protection products: Higher tier studies and approaches’). These efforts continue and mainly focus on the compilation and interpretation of data to improve the exposure (species at risk in European crops, PT, PD, residues in food items, other than the diet exposure routes) and direct toxic effect (interpretation of toxicity endpoints in the laboratory, field effects studies and modelling) components of the risk assessment or the risk assessment itself (seed treatments) and decision making (addressing remaining uncertainties; weight of evidence). The SETAC-Europe meeting provides an ideal and timely forum for sharing and summarizing the new information. The main objectives of this session are (1) to present and discuss the (draft) updated EFSA GD for birds and mammals, (2) to give the opportunity to regulators, academia, industry and contract laboratories to share results from recent studies, data compilations and developments targeted at those topics which have proven more difficult during the implementation of the current GD and (3) to facilitate open discussions among key stakeholders on future research needs to improve prospective ERA for birds and mammals and plant protection products, particularly to address all relevant exposure routes (not only dietary), direct and indirect effects, possible cumulative effects of the use of different plant protection products and the need for a landscape-level risk assessment procedure. The chairs have all sound experience with the use and/or update of this GD and are representative of different stakeholders (industry, M Foudoulakis; academia, T Brock (academia), regulators, E McVey; consultants, A Brooks). 1 EFSA (2009). EFSA Journal 2009; 7(12):1438. [139 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2009.1438 2 EFSA Journal 2019;17(7):5758, 81 pp.

We encourage you to submit an abstract - without enough abstracts, the session won't go ahead!

The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday 1st December 2021.

If you have any questions about this session, please feel free to contact us.

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