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The FUture of FUlly integrated human exposure assessment of chemicals: Ensuring the long-term viability and technology transfer of the EU-FUNded 2-FUN tools as standardised solution

Objective

The assessment of risks to human health from chemicals is of major concern for policy and industry and ultimately benefits all citizens. In this process, exposure assessment is generally considered to be the weakest point, as currently available tools show major flaws:
(a) lack of integrated approach for assessment of combined stressors (i.e. a number of potential pollutants);
(b) widespread use of ‘worst-case’ scenarios leading to over-conservative results;
(c) lack of uncertainty/sensitivity tools that allow identifying the important exposure drivers.
To overcome these drawbacks, the FP6 project 2-FUN produced prototype software containing a library of models for exposure assessment, coupling environmental multimedia and pharmacokinetic models. The objective of the 4FUN project is to further improve and standardise the 2-FUN tool and guarantee its long term technical and economic viability.
Stakeholder requirements will be identified and an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of existing exposure assessment tools (including 2-FUN) will be conducted. The 2-FUN tool will be subject to a rigorous standardisation which includes verification, benchmarking, documentation and demonstration. To demonstrate the reliability of modelling estimations and the feasibility of building complex realistic scenarios, case studies based on actual datasets will be performed. Improved and standardised 2-FUN software will be delivered, together with supporting documentation and training courses. Finally, based on detailed market research a sustainable business model will be developed.
Improved exposure assessment due to the project will
(a) reinforce competitiveness by avoiding overregulation;
(b) prevent excessive adverse human health effects due to underregulation;
(c) contribute to the promotion of sustainable products/technologies;
(d) lead to homogeneous integration of exposure health concerns across the policy spectrum at the Community level.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Coordinator

AEIFORIA SRL
Address
Strada Faggiola 12/16 Frazione Gariga
29027 Podenzano
Italy

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Federico Ferrari (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 242 115

Participants (14)

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 195 236
Address
Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eloise Rumori (Mrs.)
FACILIA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 285 276
Address
Gustavslundsvagen 151 C
167 51 Bromma

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rodolfo Avila (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT INDUSTRIEL ET DES RISQUES - INERIS
France
EU contribution
€ 265 130,30
Address
Parc Technologique Alata
60550 Verneuil En Halatte

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lydia Boutigny (Ms.)
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 234 271,77
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Erik Jansen (Mr.)
ARCHE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 178 254,40
Address
Liefkensstraat 35d
9032 Gent

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Van Sprang (Mr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 158 085,50
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alberto Sereno Alvarez (Mr.)
CONSORZIO VENEZIA RICERCHE

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Italy
EU contribution
€ 100 403,37
Address
Via Della Liberta 12
30175 Venezia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dario Bovo (Dr.)
ENVIRESEARCH LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 73 866,67
Address
Dunholme Road 77 Grainger Park
NE4 6XD Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
James Garratt (Mr.)
GRUPA ZA RAZVOJ EKOLOSKE SVESTI - GRES ASSOCIATION
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 44 750
Address
Ravaniecka 20
11000 Belgrade

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Other
Administrative Contact
Aleksandar Vlajic (Mr.)
AUSTRIAN STANDARDS INTERNATIONAL -STANDARDISIERUNG UND INNOVATION
Austria
EU contribution
€ 81 100
Address
Heinestrasse 38
1020 Wien

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Other
Administrative Contact
Regina Jansky (Mrs.)
EURELATIONS AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 143 940
Address
Technoparkstr 1
8005 Zuerich

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Administrative Contact
Katrin Reschwamm (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 52 611,20
Address
Largo Gemelli 1
20123 Milano

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mauro Balordi (Dr.)
BEARINGPOINT FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 175 562,50
Address
Esplanade Du General De Gaulle 51
92800 Puteaux

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dan Roulstone (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 47 498,83
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefania Quaderni (Mrs.)