During the past decade, the field of ecological risk assessment has progressed considerably. Advances have come from such international bodies as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO), and the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) (1–8). Risk assessments have played a critical role in the development of various regulations within the European Commission (EC) as well as in other parts of the world, including the United States, Canada, and Japan (9–17). But scientists and regulators are faced with three significant challenges: streamlining the risk-assessment process, quantifying risks in a spatially explicit manner, and acquiring the correct kind of environmental data to enable regulatory programs to effectively focus on future environmental protection activities.
- ecological risk assessment,
- Screening Information Data Sets,
- industrial chemicals
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