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SETAC Joins the World Health Organization Chemical Risk Assessment Network

Thursday, July 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
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SETAC Joins the World Health Organization Chemical Risk Assessment Network

The Human Health Risk Assessment Advisory Group (HHRA) and SETAC are pleased to announce that the society has joined the World Health Organization Chemical Risk Assessment Network (WHOCRAN). The network was established in late 2013 with a goal to support global efforts to assess and manage the risks associated with exposures to hazardous chemicals. Although the HHRA will serve as the SETAC focal point for the network, any SETAC member with expertise in the field of risk assessment is welcome to contribute.

SETAC, in concert with the network, will focus on issues related to the assessment of risks to human health associated with exposure to chemicals, through all pathways and routes of exposure. All activities support the framework of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

Network objectives:

  • Provide a forum for scientific and technical exchange
  • Facilitate and contribute to capacity building
  • Promote best practices and the harmonization of methodologies
  • Assist in the identification of research needs and promote the application of new science in risk assessment practice
  • Assist in the identification of emerging risks to human health from chemicals
  • Share information about work programs to avoid duplication of effort
  • Upon request, assist WHO in the development of training and other materials in support of the above

A call with charter members of the working group was held Friday, 19 June. The group decided that our initial focus should be directed at harmonizing approaches to chemical risk assessment across geographies. In particular, our emphasis would be on exposure (measurement and estimation), bioavailability, safety and uncertainty values for exposure and effects, and hazard vs. risk.  Given that our members are at the forefront of developing and applying contemporary techniques including quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) and other read-across techniques for predictive toxicology, “-omics” techniques (metabolomics and transcriptomics as examples), and mechanistic exposure and fate modeling, SETAC proposed to provide a presentation and facilitate participant discussion on these topics. The network kickoff meeting will be held from October 8–10 in Paris, France.

If you are interested in the network, please contact Spencer Williams or Bruce Vigon, or to join the group, log in to your SETAC account at, go to the working group page, and click on the “Join” button.  If you don’t have a SETAC account, you will need to create one before performing the above steps.