REsearch and development: our brains put at work!
ARCHE wants to bring added-value to his customers through linking research activities to daily risk assessment practices under various EU legislations. By participating in scientific research projects we stay up to date and involved in the newest innovative developments. Our challenge is to contribute in the translation of these new developments into practical trendsetting methods, which might be applied to the benefit of customer specific requirements.
An overview of current and some of our past R&D projects are presented here below:
4 Fun project
ARCHE is involved in the 4FUN project, which is funded under the EU 7th Framework Programme. The Cooperation Programme aims to stimulate cooperation and improve links between industry and research within a transnational framework. 4FUN was funded in the theme environment. The aim of 4FUN is to shift from a ‘prototype’ (the 2-FUN tool, developed under the 6th Framework Programme) to a ‘standardised’ software. In particular, 4FUN aims to:
- Innovate and exploit the 2-FUN prototype software
- Standardise the 2-FUN prototype software
- Transfer the improved tool to stakeholders
- Guarantee long-term technical and economic viability of the improved tool, called the MERLIN-Expo tool.
The MERLIN-Expo tool contains a library of models, coupling environmental multimedia and pharmacokinetic models and is able to simulate transport of contaminants from the environment to the human body. More information is available in the 4FUN flyer which can be downloaded HERE.
The EFSA Panel on Plant Protection Products and their Residues (PPR) started a revision of the existing Guidance Document on Persistence in Soil and proposed a tiered assessment scheme for the assessment of the two environmentally relevant concentrations (ERCs), i.e. the concentration in total soil and the concentration in pore water. ARCHE together with the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) and the Food and Environmental Research Agency (FERA, UK), is responsible for the scenario selection and scenario parameterization of permanent crops and row crops on ridges in support of predicting environmental concentrations of plant protection products and their transformation products in soil.
ARCHE cooperates as a subcontractor of Thomas More Kempen in the ASOPUS (Automated System fOr the Prediction & Use of (Q)SARs) project supported by IWT (Agentschap voor Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie). The goal of this project is to develop a user friendly, practical and freely available webtool to help the user to select the most applicable (Q)SARs for product development, product registration and product follow-up. The developed decision tree will give the user an idea of the reliability of the (Q)SARs of the substance and, if applicable, the tool will also provide extra information to increase the reliability. This tool will become the guidance for the correct use of (Q)SARs for toxicity production of chemical substances. More information can be found on the dedicated ASOPUS page.
GEochemical Mapping of Agricultural Soil (GEMAS) is a cooperation project between the Geochemistry Expert Group of EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) and Eurometaux. The GEMAS project started in 2008 with the objective to produce harmonised soil geochemical data at the European continental scale, consistent with the EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) Regulation. Since the start of the project ARCHE was involved in GEMAS for using the data in risk assessments for metals in soil at the European scale. The GEMAS project resulted in a harmonised monitoring dataset for both soil metal concentrations and some general soil properties in the topsoil of grassland (0-10 cm) and arable land (0-20 cm) across Europe. Such data provide a strong basis for taking into account the spatial variability of both exposure (metal concentrations) and effect concentrations (considering bioavailability through variation in soil properties) in a risk assessment for metals in soil, avoiding the need for (worst-case) assumptions in both respects and, thereby, increasing the transparency and reliability of the regional risk characterisation. More information can be found at the GEMAS website. All data were published in two volumes of Chemistry of Europe’s Agricultural soils.
More information can be found at INRAM
Keep track of our latest news
- ARCHE Consulting is looking for new colleagues
- ARCHE CONSORTIA SPEAKER AT YEARLY CTGB CLIENT-NETWORKING DAY
- Newsletter Regulatory updates across EU
- NEW MERAG FACT Sheets published
- Active participation in OECD Guideline
- ARCHE Consulting participates in the Horizon 2020 CHROMIC project
- ARCHE Consortia
- ARCHE Consulting cares about your cosmetics!
- ARCHE gets the first SETAC EUROPE certified Environmental Risk Assessment Assessor degree!
- REACH 2018: Act now to ensure a successful registration
- REACH Orphan Substances Consortium welcomes Strontium and Barium!
- ARCHE helped these products to successfully obtain their Cradle to Cradle certification!
- ARCHE co-authored latest EFSA report in support of the Guidance Document on persistence in soil.
- Release Metal EQS video!!!
- Open invitation to join the REACH Orphan Substances Consortium- ROSC
- ARCHE and REACHLaw announce a partnership in the area of REACH Authorisation
Meet us at these upcoming events
- 19/07 - HSE Seminar: Regulating Biocidal Products in the UK
- 21-28/09 - Ctgb: Workshop Plant Protection Products - Biopesticides
- 26-27/09 - ECHA: BIOCIDES STAKEHOLDERS DAY