Why Attend? 2017-06-26T16:27:17+00:00

Why Attend This Meeting?

Understanding the joint toxicity of complex chemical exposures is essential in protecting the environment and public health.

Chemical management initiatives across the globe have prompted the need for oversight of chemical mixtures in the environment. This SETAC North America Focus Topic Meeting on Risk Assessment of Chemical Mixtures will provide information on the latest advancements in fundamental and applied research that enable risk managers to make informed decisions.

The purpose of this meeting is to analyze the interplay between scientific knowledge on the environmental hazard, exposure and risk of chemical mixtures and its consideration in chemical regulation and management. The meeting will build upon the gaps, trends and findings identified in past workshops (e.g., SETAC Pellston Workshop, SETAC Special Science Symposium, European Food Safety Authority Colloquia) to establish the current state of the science regarding mixture risk assessment and chemical management.

The meeting will cover the following:

  • An overview of previous workshops and symposia to establish background knowledge on the subject of mixtures risk assessment
  • Current regulatory perspectives on mixtures risk assessment and the challenges of integrating the science of mixture toxicology into regulatory frameworks from multiple jurisdictions (Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA)
  • Information and overview on recent advances in our scientific understanding of mixture toxicology
  • Perspectives of what tools are currently available to assist in more accurate predictions of risk

A major focus of the meeting will be to explore options on extending the scientific evidence collected during the last years for developing useful regulatory frameworks for assessing combined exposures.

Technical sessions, including posters, will examine mixtures through the lens of the risk assessment paradigm and will include topics such as problem formulation, exposure assessment, effects assessment, risk assessment, risk management and case studies, and we welcome contributions addressing all chemical classes, exposure scenarios, biological levels of organization and facets of the risk assessment paradigm.

The program also includes invited speakers, who are leading experts in the field and represent a variety of disciplines, geographies and sectors. Invitees include Gary Ankley, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA); Thomas Backhaus, University of Gothenburg; Karen Eisenreich, USEPA; Mick Hamer, Syngenta; Thomas Harthung, Johns Hopkins; Juliane Hollender, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG); Travis Schmidt, U.S. Geological Survey; Emma Schymanski, EAWAG; and Mark Stynar, USEPA.