We are excited to announce that we have been awarded a contract with the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) entitled ‘Review of Environmental Protection Goals’. The aim of this project is to investigate the currently available approaches for determining, and hence establishing, environmental protection goals for non-target organisms potentially exposed to plant protection products (PPPs). These will be reported to the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) of HSE by the end of March 2022, together with an assessment of the main pros and cons of the approaches. We will also provide our opinion regarding the best methodology for establishing environmental protection goals for non-target organisms in the UK. The setting of specific protection goals will be part of a future project and won’t be addressed under this contract.
Protection goals are key to the environmental assessment of PPPs. Without them it is not clear what is being protected and whether it is appropriate to authorise or refuse a PPP. Protection goals must be clear regarding what is acceptable in terms of size/magnitude of effects in the environment of the substances being used and, furthermore, indicate what level of uncertainty is acceptable.
General protection goals for the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of PPPs are stated in relevant legislation but specific protection goals (SPGs) are not defined. However, as these are crucial for carrying out a regulatory risk assessment and for making a decision, in certain circumstances they have been defined in guidance documents. The UK regulatory authority (HSE CRD) is funding a project to establish what “approaches” are currently available that will help with the definition of specific protection goals in the UK.
To find out more about this project, please feel free to contact us.