Patrick Van Sprang (Managing Director)
T: +32 9 265 87 57
Patrick Van Sprang graduated as Master of Science in Engineering (Environmental Technology) at Ghent University in 1988. At the university of Ghent (1994-2000) he was responsible for the research group aquatic ecotoxicology. He is the co-founder of EURAS, a spin-off consultancy company specialized in environmental risk assessment. Patrick Van Sprang has over 15 years of experience in environmental consultancy, environmental regulation and academia and is the main author of the environmental part of several risk assessments and contributed to the Metal Risk Assessment Guidance document (MERAG). Currently, as managing director of ARCHE Patrick Van Sprang is providing risk assessment services to numerous companies, federations and regulatory agencies.
Marnix Vangheluwe (Managing Director)
T: +32 9 265 87 58
Marnix Vangheluwe graduated as Master of Science in Engineering (Biochemistry) at Hogeschool Gent in 1989 and obtained also a master in environmental sanitation (Ghent University) in 1991. At the university of Ghent (1992-2000) he was responsible for the research group sediment ecotoxicology. In 1996 he was the co-founder of the spin-off consultancy firm EURAS at the university of Ghent specialized in environmental risk assessment . Now as, managing director of ARCHE he is closely involved in numerous risk assessments ( flame retardants, metals) and classification of metals and alloys. Marnix Vangheluwe is also the main author also the Metal Risk Assessment Guidance document (MERAG) and the official REACH Appendix R.7.13-2 Environmental risk assessment for metals and metal compounds. He is also a key expert on waste related issues.
Frederik Verdonck (Science Project Manager)
T:+32 9 265 87 60
Dr. Frederik Verdonck obtained his PhD degree in Bio-engineering on probabilistic risk assessment at Ghent University (Belgium). At ARCHE his main expertise area comprises the implementation and application of statistical and modelling approaches in exposure, effects and risk/safety assessment. Currently, Dr Frederik Verdonck is the leading expert in developing and implementing new tools in the fleld of exposure scenario building.
Dagobert Heijerick (Senior Project Scientist)
T:+32 9 265 87 59
Dagobert Heijerick graduated as Master of Science in Engineering (Environmental Technology) at Ghent University in 1994, and also obtained a degree in Environmental Sciences and Technologies at the same institute in 1995. At Ghent University (1996-2002) he was primarily responsible for several research projects related to metal toxicity, bioavailability and the development of bioavailability models for metals. At ARCHE Dagobert Heijerick is lead scientist involved in risk assessments of metals (monitoring data and effects assessment) and actively participated in the development of bioavailability models for site-specific risk assessments. Ìn addition his expertise area encompasses classification and labelling (EU CLP and GHS), the collection and evaluation of available information, data gap analysis, IUCLID 5 input and derivation of the hazard treshold levels for different environmental compartments.
Koen Oorts (Senior Project Scientist)
T: +32 16 28 49 01
Dr. Koen Oorts worked previously for more than 10 years at the Laboratory for Soil and Water management (Catholic University of Leuven, KUL) internationally recognized in the field of soil chemistry and soil ecotoxicology. He obtained his PhD degree on the study of the effect of soil organic matter dynamics on the changes in physico-chemical properties of highly weathered soils. His postdoc research was focused on the bioavailability and toxicity of metals in soils. At ARCHE his main expertise area comprises the fate and behavior of substances in the environment and the development of predictive models for bioavailability and toxicity of contaminants in soils and their implementation in various legislations. He is also responsible for the general management of the ecotoxicological sections of several REACH dossiers.
An Ghekiere (Senior Project Scientist)
European Registered Toxicologist
T:+32 9 265 87 60
An Ghekiere graduated as Master of Biochemistry in 2001 and obtained her PhD in Bio-engineering on endocrine disruption in invertebrates at Ghent University (Belgium) in 2006. From 2002 until 2010 she worked on projects (ENDIS-RISKS and INRAM) that assess the risk of micropollutants in estuary and marine environments. At ARCHE her expertise is situated in the field of risk assessment of organic compounds for REACH, BPD, and PPP dossiers. As a ERT certified toxicologist she also deals with human and environmental risk assessments.
Hilde Dosogne (Senior Project Scientist)
European Registered Toxicologist
T:+32 9 265 87 64
Hilde Dosogne graduated as bio-engineer in 1992 and obtained her Ph.D. in Veterinary Sciences on mastitis in dairy cows at Ghent University (Belgium) in 1998. From 2001 until 2004 she worked as R&D and Regulatory Affairs consultant for Pharmadvize. From 2004 until 2011 she worked as Regulatory Affairs manager for the regions Europe, Middle East and Africa for DeLaval. At ARCHE her expertise is situated in the field of European biocidal product dossier preparation, submission and follow-up, both at national level and according to the mutual recognition procedure. As a ERT certified toxicologist she also deals with human and environmental risk assessments.
Federica Iaccino (Senior Project Scientist)
T: + 32 16 28 49 02
Federica Iaccino graduated as Master Environmental Engineering at Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy): her thesis aimed at validating the use of specific aquatic model to assess soil ecotoxicity (RIVM, The Netherlands). She moved to Belgium to gain experience at European level and worked as environmental consultant in the automotive sector, in the framework of alternative fuels and car emissions directives. In 2007 she further improved her scientific expertise at the European Master in Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis (University of Milan, Italy): her thesis focused on the development of high quality database for fish bioconcentration factor, in order to enable analyses on alternative non-animal testing methods for deriving BCF data such as (Q)SAR models (EURAS, Belgium). Her main tasks at ARCHE are scientific and regulatory support for the implementation of chemical regulations.
Katrien Arijs (Consortium Manager)
T:+32 9 265 87 50
Katrien Arijs is consortium manager at ARCHE with over 10 years of experience working in academia, consulting and the non-profit sector. Prior to joining ARCHE, Katrien worked for four years as the Science and Operational Manager for SETAC Europe, where she managed the daily affairs and business of the association and was responsible for the organisation of meetings and scientific projects. Katrien also worked as a scientific researcher at the Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology of Ghent University, as Junior Project Manager for SETAC Europe and as Advisor Environment & Health Affairs at Euras. Katrien obtained her degree in pharmaceutical sciences in 1999 at Ghent University. At ARCHE her expertise will be situated in the field of consortium management for REACH.
Floortje Garreyn (Senior Project Scientist)
T: + 32 9 265 87 51
Floortje Garreyn graduated in 2005 as Master in Bio-engineering, option Environmental Technology, at Ghent University. After graduation, she worked at the Laboratory of Crop Protection Chemistry on the European 6th framework project HAIR, dealing with Pesticide Risk Indicators. From 2007 till 2013 she worked as a senior regulatory specialist for plant protection products, responsible for obtaining registrations in the Central and Northern Zone. Major activities were preparing EU core dossiers and national Addenda for PPPs for submission and follow-up with local authorities. At ARCHE, her expertise besides plant protection products will be situated in the broader field of human health and environmental risk assessment.
Maxime Eliat-Eliat (Project Scientist)
T:+32 9 265 87 63
Maxime Eliat-Eliat graduated as Master of Science in Engineering (Chemistry) at KaHo Sint-Lieven Technologiecampus Gent in 2009. At ARCHE his main expertise area for REACH is IUCLID 5 input, derivation of the hazard treshold levels for different environmental compartments and exposure scenario building including the derivation of PECs for the different environmental compartments with EUSES or other models. In addition Maxime is involved in the Water Framework Directive especially in the domain of mixing zones using higher tier models like CORMIX.
Lieve Claeys (Project Scientist)
T:+32 9 265 87 60
Lieve Claeys graduated as Master of Biomedical Science at Ghent University in 2007. She also obtained a Master in Environmental Sanitation in 2009 at the same University. At ARCHE her main expertise area encompasses the collection and evaluation of available information, data gap analysis and the determination of human health and environmental exposure and risk characterization of complex metal mixtures. In addition Lieve is responsible for our QSAR work.
Isabelle Vercaigne (Project support scientist)
T:+32 9 265 87 63
Isabelle Vercaigne graduated as bachelor in applied computer science at Hogeschool Gent in 2003. In 2004 she obtained a postgraduate in European business policy (Hogeschool Gent) and after 2 years experience as logistic assistant she expanded her knowledge and obtained a bachelor diploma in nutrition and dietetics (Hogeschool Gent) in 2009. Isabelle is responsible within ARCHE for database management and maintenance, optimization of data collection efforts and the maintenance of our monitoring databases. Furthermore Isabelle is our IUCLID and CHESAR expert. With this knowledge she plays a crucial supporting role in CSA/CSR generation.
Tineke De Wilde (Project Scientist)
T:+32 9 265 87 64
Tineke De Wilde graduated as Master in Bio-engineering in 2003 at Ghent University. After graduation, she worked for two years in the Laboratory of Food Chemistry (UGent) on acrylamide formation during the frying process. She obtained her PhD in Bio-engineering (UGent) in 2009 on the biopurification of pesticide contaminated water where she modeled transport of pesticides in biofilters using the transportmodel HYDRUS-1D. At ARCHE, her expertise is situated in dossier preparations for Biocides in EU and national registrations.
Keep track of our latest news
New Soil PNEC calculator is available!
A new updated version of the soil PNEC calculator is available for download on our website. Apart from a new layout, this new version now also includes data for Co and Mo. All calculations are now based on the data and methods selected for the EU REACH dossiers (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals; Regulation EC No 1907/2006) for Cu, Ni, Zn, Pb, Cd, Mo and Co, as available in August 2012."
From Soil screening values to Metal Clean-up values
Dr. Koen Oorts (ARCHE) is invited by the North American Metals Council (NAMC) to actively participate in a workshop on "Ecological Soil Levels-Next Steps in the Development of Metal Clean-up Values" scheduled for September 17-20, 2012 in Utah. The workshop's main goal is to provide regulators with the methods and processes developed over the last ten years to move from soil screening values to clean-up values.
SPERC tool for metals is updated!
The first version of the metal SPERCs was published in 2010 for the purpose of the 2010 REACH registration deadline and underwent a review process conducted by Lüskow et al. (2011) on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency of Germany (UBA). The second version of the metal SPERCs were improved based on the recommendations by Lüskow et al. (2011) and Tolls et al. (in press) and were further updated with new data for the purpose of the 2013 REACH registration deadline. This second version is currently undergoing a scientific review process but can already been find on this website.
Our QSARCHE model is released
Vertebrate testing under REACH is discouraged by promoting use of alternative non-testing approaches such as QSARs (Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships). Many QSARs are available, however, robust REACH compliant QSARs predicting chronic ecotoxicity to fish are largely lacking. ARCHE filled this data gap by the release of its QSARCHE fish toxicity model. Click to the right to read on.
Meet us at these upcoming events
4th Symposium on Biocidal Product Authorisation Vienna 23-24 May 2013
Symposium on authorisation/registration of biocidal products according to existing schemes(especially BPD) and the arising issues and interaction with the forthcoming Biocidal ProductRegulation (BPR)
65th International Symposium on crop protection- 21-05-2013 Ghent
This Symposium will be held at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of the Ghent University, Coupure links 653, BE-9000 Ghent, Belgium.