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Transforming Environment and Health Protection: towards a science-driven solution for cooperative and effective management of chemical risks

Should toxicity be over or under-regulated? Neither option is desirable. Over-regulation of chemical risks imposes costs on industry that are unwarranted, thereby weakening global economies and their recovery from the current economic crisis towards long-term sustainability. Under-regulation leads to health effects for citizens, non-human species and ecosystems. The most efficient and humane approach is to regulate toxicity as accurately and robustly as possible, for both single substances and mixtures, without relying on costly and invasive mammalian models. This can be achieved by using ultra-high-throughput toxicity testing by innovative laboratory automation to make regulatory systems, premised on ‘tolerable risk’, more rigorous, precise and predictive than it has ever been. Delivering such 21st century science is what the Consortium for Environmental Omics and Toxicology (CEOT) aims to do, by working in collaboration with governments, industry and non-government organizations around the globe.

 

(1) VISION STATEMENT (2) BACKGROUND (3) THE SOLUTION (4) CAN IT REALLY BE DONE?

 

Monica Almeida (The New York Times)

Samples of tap water from Maywood, California. When residents asked for cleaner water, they were told the water satisfied the Safe Drinking Water Act. 47% of Europeans are equally worried about water pollution (EU25).

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JCEO agreement is signed

The Joint Centre for Environmental Omics (JCEO) was launched on 3 July 2014 at UoB, to facilitate the rapid and economic production and analysis of industrial-scale omics data.

Take part by viewing photographs of the event.

 

 

 

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  1. Thought-provoking and important investigative reporting by CHARLES DUHIGG for the New York Times: Toxic Waters – a series about the worsening pollution in US waters and need for regulation built upon strong scientific principles.