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FRAM-seminar: EU research and policies on combined exposure to mixtures of chemicals

Research profile seminar

Xenia Trier, Ph.D., European Environment Agency, will present some current European research activities and concerns related to effects of combined exposure to mixtures of chemicals during this FRAM-seminar.

Humans and wildlife are exposed to a large number of different combinations of chemicals via food, water, air, consumer products, and other media and sources. This raises concerns about their impact on public and environmental health(1).

This talk will present some current European research activities and concerns related to effects of combined exposure to mixtures of chemicals. As an example, ongoing activities on mixtures will be presented for the Horizon 2020 project Human biomonitoring for Europe (HBM4EU) on mixtures and indicators (2). It will be discussed how current and future policy responses may address chemical mixtures within legislative silos and across policies, within EU and EU member states, and via public and private procurement. Examples will be drawn from the Non Toxic Environment Strategy, the Water framework directive, the Design of Safer Chemicals initiatives, and the NonHazCities and business initiatives. Finally the pros and cons of upstream versus downstream policy responses will be discussed.

(1)Bopp, S. K., Barouki, R., Brack, W., Costa, S. D., Dorne, J. C. M., Drakvik, P. E., Trier, X. (2018). Current EU research activities on combined exposure to multiple chemicals 120, 544-562. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2018.07.037
(2)Buekers, J., David, M., Koppen, G., Bessems, J., Scheringer, M., Lebret, E., Trier, X. (2018). Development of Policy Relevant Human Biomonitoring Indicators for Chemical Exposure in the European Population. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15102085

Lecturer: Xenia Trier, Ph.D., European Environment Agency. Since 2.5 years, Xenia Trier has worked at the European Environment Agency (EEA), as Chemicals, Environment and Human Health Expert, providing scientific input to policy makers in Europe. Prior to this Xenia worked as an analytical chemist, first on environmental and workplace air analysis, and for 15 years on food contact materials (FCM) at the Danish National Food Institute. Her work there focused on development of enforcement methods and advisory on chemical contaminants in plastic and paper food contact materials. Other projects included effect directed analysis of cocktail effects of FCM, and quantification of unknowns in food contact materials. In 2011 she defended her PhD thesis on "Polyfluorinated surfactants in food packaging of paper and board". Her current work at the EEA is centered around risk governance and policy support for chemicals in the EU.

Date: 12/13/2018

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Categories: Environment, Sustainable development

Organizer: The FRAM Centre

Location: Botan Building, Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B, Gothenburg.

Contact person: Daniel Slunge


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