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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

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.
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Coordinator

AEIFORIA SRL

Address

Strada Faggiola 12/16 Frazione Gariga
29027 Podenzano

Italy

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 242 115

Administrative Contact

Federico Ferrari (Dr.)

Participants (14)

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ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 195 236

FACILIA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 285 276

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 265 130,30

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 234 271,77

ARCHE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 178 254,40

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 158 085,50

CONSORZIO VENEZIA RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 100 403,37

ENVIRESEARCH LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 73 866,67

GRUPA ZA RAZVOJ EKOLOSKE SVESTI - GRES ASSOCIATION

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 44 750

AUSTRIAN STANDARDS INTERNATIONAL

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 81 100

EURELATIONS AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 143 940

UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 52 611,20

BEARINGPOINT FRANCE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 175 562,50

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 47 498,83

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 308440

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    30 September 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 256 254,99

  • EU contribution

    € 2 278 101,54

Coordinated by:

AEIFORIA SRL

Italy