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Call for Experts to Join the Founding Board of the SETAC Global Certification Program

Monday, February 3, 2020  
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Building on the successful SETAC Europe Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors (CRA) program, the SETAC World Council recognized the needs of other geographic units and has decided to globalize this program.

SETAC wants to achieve this by founding the International Board of Environmental Risk Assessors (IBERA) as a new, independent not-for-profit entity, which will be registered in Brussels, Belgium. The mission and purpose of IBERA will be similar to the current SETAC Europe program (see below Annex 1), but the implementation will need to be fitted to the needs of a global certification program. An external company will assist during the start-up period and will perform and guide certain administrative and managerial tasks during the first two years.

SETAC is currently looking for up to 18 people to form the founding board. Interested members should be experts in environmental risk assessment or one of its sub-disciplines, such as environmental toxicology, environmental chemistry, or exposure or effects assessment. In addition, they should have interest in governance roles within a not-for-profit society.

Working as an IBERA Member

The main responsibilities of the board will be to:

  • Decide on knowledge, skills and competences that belong to a certified environmental risk assessor (job task analysis)
  • Set criteria to be fulfilled by individuals seeking to become and remain certified environmental risk assessors (or “Diplomats of IBERA”)
  • Develop and update evaluation methods to test if individuals comply with these criteria (examination development)
  • Work together with the external company to fulfill the above tasks in a cost- and resource-efficient manner
  • Decide on membership types, dues and examination fees
  • Develop a strategic plan and oversee finances and legal obligations
  • Install and work with committees to support activities as needed

Working on the IBERA Board will give you the opportunity to shape the founding and future of a global certification program of environmental risk assessors and to work as part of an international team of motivated professionals and volunteers. 

It is anticipated that for the start-up of IBERA in the first two years, the board will convene twice per year for a two- or three-day face-to-face meeting alongside the SETAC annual meetings in Europe and North America. In addition, there will be monthly conference calls (two hours maximum), and board members may need to complete up to two full-day webinars to complete the job task analysis, set evaluation criteria and develop exams, supported by the external company. Overall, including the above-mentioned meetings, we expect a time investment of approximately 1.5–2 days per month for board members.

The first face-to-face meeting will take place alongside the SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 3–7 May 2020 in Dublin. The aim of this meeting will be to start with the job task analysis (coordinated by the external company) and to incorporate the board.

IBERA members are appointed for a term of three years, with possibilities for re-appointment (detailed procedures still need to be defined).

Available Positions

IBERA will be aiming at a balanced representation from sectors, geographies (all geographic units of SETAC) and gender. Tripartite representation from academia, business and government will be essential for IBERA. We are looking for experts and professionals from a diverse set of (sub)-disciplines of environmental risk assessment. Up to 18 positions are available.

We offer opportunities to:

  • Shape the founding and future of the first global certification program for environmental risk assessors
  • Join a dynamic, international and highly motivated team to work with
  • Extend your international professional network
  • Volunteer in a rewarding position and in pursuit of the mission of IBERA (see Annex)

We are looking for:

  • Expertise with a network in environmental risk assessment or one of its sub-disciplines in one of the areas of SETAC
  • SETAC member in good standing
  • Commitment for a three-year term and ability and motivation to spend on average of 1.5-2 days per month on board activities
  • Support of your organization to cover costs for travel and your time (SETAC may contribute to your travel costs in certain cases)

Application Instructions

Send your application to the attention of Mary Reiley, SETAC World Council President, via email to Rebecca Bundschuh by 21 February 2020. Applicants will be notified by 4 March 2020.

Enclose the following documents:

  1. Motivation letter (two pages maximum) including:
    1. Your motivation to serve as IBERA member
    2. Statement that you can support the expected workload and that your employer supports your participation
    3. Statement of contribution, describing how you think you can best contribute to the board
    4. Your main areas of expertise in the field of environmental risk assessment or one of its sub-disciplines, such as environmental toxicology, environmental chemistry, or exposure or effects assessment. Please see a more detailed list here.
  2. Brief CV (two pages maximum)

ANNEX 1: Purpose and Mission of IBERA (draft December 2019)

The association’s mission is to promote the use of up-to-date scientific methods and principles in the environmental risk assessment of chemicals and other stressors.

The goals of the association are devoid of any for-profit motives. The association’s specific goals are: 

  1. To further scientific progress in this specialty of the environmental sciences and to encourage education and training of professionals in environmental risk assessment of chemicals.
  2. To promote the application of scientific research in environmental risk assessment of chemicals.
  3. To establish and maintain the highest possible standards of training, knowledge, skills and expertise for professionals to qualify as specialists in the field of environmental risk assessment.
  4. To provide internationally accepted recognition for such qualified specialists by means of examination and certification.

The IBERA certifies environmental risk assessors based on standards of excellence to assure that those who successfully reach and maintain this standard will be a credit to the profession and fully capable of functioning as environmental risk assessors for chemicals with dignity, respect and wisdom.