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Indoor Contamination with Flame Retardant Chemicals: Causes and Impacts

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 264600

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 631 363

  • EU contribution

    € 3 631 363

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

Objective

The main research goal is to further understanding of how and to what extent flame retardant (FR) chemicals used in every-day consumer goods and construction materials enter humans and of the risk to health that such exposure presents. Our vision is that this enhanced understanding will inform assessment of risk associated both with recent and current-use flame retardant chemicals, and of those under development, and ultimately lead to more sustainable approaches to meeting fire safety regulations. Our principal objectives are to discover:
(1) the mechanisms via which FRs migrate from products within which they are incorporated;
(2) how and to what extent such migration leads to human exposure; and
(3) the effects of such exposure.

To achieve our goal and objectives we will use a range of state-of-the-art techniques associated with analytical chemistry, electron microscopy, mathematical modelling, in vitro toxicology, and “omics”. The network is an interdisciplinary cooperative of chemists, biologists, physicists and toxicologists. Intersectoral aspects unite basic and applied scientists working in universities, two SMEs, a large (non-university) public sector research organisation and a government research institute. The project’s S&T objectives will be delivered through research in 3 Work Packages (WPs): viz. WP1- Migration pathways, WP2- Human exposure (pathways and monitoring), and WP3- Understanding effects of human exposure. The aim of the Training Programme is to increase the knowledge base and experience of trainees in the different research areas and to develop their transferable skills for future careers in the private sector, public sector, or the regulatory community. Six training objectives will be delivered through a suite of 6 Core Skills Areas (Research Project, Advanced Training Courses, Project Meetings, Career Development Plan, Generic Research Skills, Transferable Research Skills).
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Address

Edgbaston
B15 2tt Birmingham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 749 360

Administrative Contact

May Chung (Ms.)

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 450 560

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 467 741

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 450 560

IVL SVENSKA MILJOEINSTITUTET AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 265 569

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 464 168

FOLKEHELSEINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 277 146

ACADEMISCH MEDISCH CENTRUM BIJ DE UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 236 994

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 269 265

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 264600

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 631 363

  • EU contribution

    € 3 631 363

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom