Environmental Risk Assessment for Plant Protection Products 2017: Scientific Basis for the Best Trigger

Date: 22 March 2017

Venue: Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, Harpenden

Price: Conference £480 + VAT
Conference & Workshop £555 + VAT

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Building on the success of the 2016 “Environmental Risk Assessment for Plant Protection Products” conference, we are delighted to announce this year’s theme “Scientific Basis for the Best Trigger”.

Experts in the field of environmental fate and behaviour, ecotoxicology and risk assessments will examine, in detail, the basis and consequences of existing ‘triggers’ as a key component of tiered environmental risk assessment schemes.

The conference starts with a workshop offering delegates the opportunity to work with two experienced facilitators on the interpretation of effect-based field studies. This will include both presentation and participatory elements.

This is then followed by a drinks reception where participants will have an opportunity to network and catch up with colleagues.

The following day our expert speakers will look, critically, at both sides of the risk assessment process: exposure and effect in the context of tiers and triggers. After an opening overview of recent developments the morning topics cover soil persistence, metabolites and exclusion criteria thresholds. After lunch, speakers will cover birds and mammals, non-target plants, aquatic toxicity and soil organisms. We hope that there will be adequate time to challenge and comment upon the presentations and to meet old and new colleagues in your professional field (no pun intended).

The pre-event workshop on Tuesday 21 March on “How to interpret effect-based field studies” will be facilitated by Dr. Marco Candolfi (Eurofins Agroscience Services) and Dr. Frank Bakker (Eurofins MITOX) and includes the following elements:

  • Discussion on the RIVM guidance on data presentation relevant for non-target arthropods and earthworms
  • Using standard statistical tools to evaluate field data
  • The biological interpretation from field trial data
  • A case study

For further information on the pre-event workshop, please click here.


22 March 2017

08:00 - 09:00 Registration and refreshments
09.00 - 09.10 Introduction to Conference
Chair: Dr. Gavin Lewis (JSCi)
09.10 - 09.50 Overview of recent environmental risk assessment developments
Mark Clook (Chemicals Regulation Division, UK HSE)
Environmental Exposure
09.50 - 10.20 Soil persistence triggers: the good, the bad and the bioavailable
Helen Sneath (Chemicals Regulation Division, UK HSE)
10.20 - 10.50 Morning Break
10.50 - 11.30 Trigger values for active substances, relevant and non-relevant metabolites in groundwater/ drinking water
Dr. Chris Leake (Bayer)
11.30 - 12.10 Thresholds used in exclusion criteria: where did they come from and what are their consequences?
Bruce Callow (TSGE Consulting)
12.10 - 12.40 Q&A session
12.40 – 13.40 Lunch
Risk Assessment
13.40 – 14.10 Birds and mammals: field studies for risk refinement for PPPs in the EU
Dr. Juan Pascual (BASF SE)
14.10 – 14.40 Non-target terrestrial plant risk assessment  in times of change and transition - background of current proposals
Dr. Heino Christl (Tier 3 Solutions)
14.40 – 15.10 Afternoon break
15.10 – 15.40 Triggers and assessment factors in aquatic toxicity testing and risk assessment
Mick Hamer (Syngenta)
15.40 – 16.10 EFSA opinions on soil organisms and NTAs: what is the scientific basis of challenging the current trigger values?
Dr. Frank Bakker (Eurofins MITOX) and Dr. Marco Candolfi (Eurofins Agroscience Services Ecotox GmbH)
16.10 - 16.30 Q&A session
16.30 Close of Conference

For further information on the event speakers, please click here.

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