Prof Dr Ralf B. Schäfer
Institute for Environmental Sciences
University of Koblenz-Landau
Tel. +49 (0)6341 280-31536
Prof Paul J. Van den Brink, Wageningen University, NL, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof Martin Entling, University of Koblenz-Landau, GE, email@example.com
Prof Frederik De Laender, Université de Namur, BE, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof Lorraine Maltby, The University of Sheffield, UK, email@example.com
Chemicals are widely used in every sector of European societies and are regulated in different political frameworks with the aim to protect from unacceptable effects. Current chemical risk assessment with respect to chemical effects on non-target organisms largely follows a one-size-fits-all approach, focusing on sensitive single species tests or multispecies test systems.
However, real world species assemblages vary in their composition over space and time and so may their sensitivity towards a chemical. Depending on the variability in sensitivity, the use of a single effect threshold can result in over- and under protection. Hence, knowledge on this variability is pivotal for an efficient risk assessment.
GETREAL will provide this information on the variability in chemical sensitivity and explore its consequences for risk assessment.