Last year, I was invited by PlasticsEurope to speak at their conference on ‘Safety of plastics: Let’s talk about it!’. Ahead of this meeting, they asked speakers to answer a number of questions on the precautionary principle and innovation (http://plasticseurope.blogspot.co.uk/). Given current concerns that the proposed new structure of the European Commission is relegating the environment to a market-role, the perceived conflict between taking precautionary action to protect human health and the environment and innovation and competitiveness is more topical than ever. Here were my answers. What would you have replied?
This blog accompanies a project at Brunel University that is working on how mixture toxicology concepts, theory and experimental results should be translated into routine use in chemical regulation. The project is funded by a grant from the Oak Foundation to Professor Andreas Kortenkamp, at the Institute for the Environment, Brunel University.
The project will consider different options for regulation of chemical mixtures, identify barriers and obstacles to implementation, and also identify opportunities and solutions to the issue of how best to achieve protection of human and environmental health from the potential adverse effects of multiple chemicals.
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