The National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC), part of Ricardo Energy & Environment, has recently been successful in bidding for the following projects, either as a lead partner or junior partner in a consortium:
Client: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) – Scientific services to support EFSA systematic reviews – chemical risk assessment
NCEC has won a place on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) framework to support its chemical-risk activities. The framework will incorporate a definition of a systematic review methodology to support food and feed safety risk assessments, and will support EFSA to perform systematic reviews or related literature reviews, specifically focusing on chemical risks.
This work will support the application of standardised and internationally recognised methods for retrieving, appraising and synthesising scientific evidence. It will also report and document the processes to enhance transparency and allow reproducibility of results.
This will provide EFSA with robust scientific data on which to base decisions surrounding food and feed safety, such as deriving levels of chemicals that may be present in food. It will also help to inform policy decisions (e.g. whether chemicals should be withdrawn from use due to concern regarding their toxicity on humans and the environment).
Client: Environment Agency – Environmental Risk Assessment Services (ERAS) framework
An NCEC-led consortium has won a place on the Environmental Risk Assessment Services (ERAS) framework, commissioned by the Environment Agency. The framework is intended to support the Environment Agency in its response to chemical policy and industry. The work involves producing environmental hazard and risk assessments of chemicals, both in general and for specific substances. It will also involve providing technical advice and critical review of assessments and reports produced by others to be carried out under the auspices of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.
Client: Defra – Development of Category 4 Screening Levels for Assessment of Land Affected by Contamination. For more information, please click here