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ECO49 – Microplastic Effect Thresholds for Aquatic Species (METAS)

Principal Investigator

Prof Bart Koelmans
Wageningen University
Droevendaalsesteeg 3a
6708 PB Wageningen
The Netherlands
bart.koelmans@wur.nl
Tel: +31 317 483201

Collaborators

Martine van den Heuvel-Greve, Senior Researcher, Wageningen Marine Research, NL, martine.vandenheuvel-greve@wur.nl

Ivo Roessink, Senior Researcher, Wageningen Environmental Research, NL, Ivo.roessink@wur.nl

Description

Microplastics research has grown substantially over the past years due to concerns with the public, the scientific community and environmentalist groups. They are often detected in environmental compartments but the hazards and risks they pose are debated and largely unknown. Regulatory efforts to examine microplastic safety (ECHA, EU, EFSA) have been raised as future areas of concern and focus. Assessing the applicability and adaptability of the existing hazard assessment framework to solid polymer particles can provide insight into the relative hazard of these particles and will help to identify future targeted testing efforts to support read-across and categorical assessment of solid polymer particles.

The overall aim of METAS is:

  • to provide guidance on rational testing methods for microplastic particles including quality assurance
  • to assess effect thresholds for aquatic organisms using these methods
  • to understand the most important factors affecting these thresholds
  • to provide guidance on the implications of the findings for the environmental hazard and risk assessment of microplastics.

Timeline: March 2019 > February 2022

LRI funding: € 400 000

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