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A model-based prioritisation exercise for the European water framework directive.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21556195     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A model-based prioritisation exercise has been carried out for the Water Framework Directive (WFD) implementation. The approach considers two aspects: the hazard of a certain chemical and its exposure levels, and focuses on aquatic ecosystems, but also takes into account hazards due to secondary poisoning, bioaccumulation through the food chain and potential human health effects. A list provided by EU Member States, Stakeholders and Non-Governmental Organizations comprising 2,034 substances was evaluated according to hazard and exposure criteria. Then 78 substances classified as "of high concern" where analysed and ranked in terms of risk ratio (Predicted Environmental Concentration/Predicted No-Effect Concentration). This exercise has been complemented by a monitoring-based prioritization exercise using data provided by Member States. The proposed approach constitutes the first step in setting the basis for an open modular screening tool that could be used for the next prioritization exercises foreseen by the WFD.
Klaus Daginnus; Stefania Gottardo; Ana Payá-Pérez; Paul Whitehouse; Helen Wilkinson; José-Manuel Zaldívar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-02-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of environmental research and public health     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1660-4601     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Environ Res Public Health     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-10     Completed Date:  2011-09-13     Revised Date:  2013-06-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101238455     Medline TA:  Int J Environ Res Public Health     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  435-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Via E. Fermi 2749, 21027 Ispra, VA, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Exposure*
Risk Assessment
Water Pollutants, Chemical / toxicity*
Water Pollution / prevention & control*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Water Pollutants, Chemical

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