RISK-CYCLE Risk-based management of chemicals and products in a circular economy at a global scale

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:           Duration:          Project Type: Concerted Action
Contract Number: FP7–226552
Organisation Type:  EC Project
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Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Risk assessment overview
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Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Contaminants overview
Project objectives:
The primary aim of RISKCYCLE is to identify future R&D needs required to establish a risk-based assessment methodology for chemicals and products that will 
help reduce animal testing while ensuring the development of new chemicals and product management pattern leading to minimized risks for health and the environment.
In order to achieve this goal, the first step will be to assemble and evaluate existing information on the chemicals and especially the additives used in consumer
and industrial products. Many potential hazardous compounds are traded worldwide as additives in different products.
Project Summary:
The coordination action (CA) 'RISKCYCLE' is aimed to establish and co-ordinate a global network of European and international experts and stakeholders to 
define together future needs of R+D contributions for innovations in the risk-based management of chemicals and products in a circular economy of global scale
leading to alternative strategies to animal tests and reduced health hazards. The partners joining this action seek to explore the synergies of the research
carried out within different programmes and countries of the EU,in Asia and overseas to facilitate the intensified communication with researchers, institutions
and industries about the risks of hazardous chemicals and additives in products and risk reduction measures and to improve the dispersion of available information.
RISKCYCLE will focus on the fate and behaviour of these additives in six sectors: textile, electronics, plastics, leather, paper and lubricants. In textile
industry the use of additives will be studied, in the electronic industry and also in textile industry the use of flame retardants, specially brominated flame
retardants such as PBDEs und HBCD will be analysed. In the leather industry, heavy metals such as chromium will be taken in account. The use of biocides in the
paper industry will be another main concern of co-ordinated activities.
Achieved Objectives:
A new index that condenses the overall environmental impact of pollutants   
at a particular site into a single value has been developed. This unique   
number captures the health status of the territory in terms of the risk of the   
pollutants to animals and plants in ecosystems, human health and the   
long-term fate of the pollutants in the environment.  
An environmental index is used to summarise complex environmental   
information in a single value. In the case of assessing the potential risk of   
toxic chemicals at a particular site, it is important to capture the local   
impact of the pollutants on human health and all parts of the environment,   
including water, soil, sediment and the air.  
Researchers, partly funded by the EU RISKCYCLE project1, have   
developed the Ecotoxicological Risk Index for a Chemical Assessment   
(ERICA). A database, holding physical and chemical properties and   
toxicity data derived from experiments or predictive models, was compiled   
for 186 potentially harmful chemicals.  
It is recommended that a minimum of 19 priority toxic substances (likely to   
be found in water, soil, sediment and the air) are included when each   
ERICA value is compiled. The 19 chemicals include toxic metals,   
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pesticides, particulate matter   
(PM2.5 and PM10), nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and ozone,   
amongst others. Other specific pollutants, identified during initial sampling   
and analysis of the site under investigation, should also be included. 
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Project Resources:
Funding Programme(s): 
EC FP7: Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.
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Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  11/11/2010 17:30:00