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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

The NORMAN Association and the European Partnership for Chemicals Risk Assessment (PARC): let's cooperate!

Dulio, Valeria; Koschorreck, Jan; van Bavel, Bert; van den Brink, Paul; Hollender, Juliane; Munthe, John; Schlabach, Martin; Aalizadeh, Reza; Agerstrand, Marlene; Ahrens, Lutz; Allan, Ian; Alygizakis, Nikiforos; Barcelo, Damia; Bohlin-Nizzetto, Pernilla; Boutroup, Susanne; Brack, Werner; Bressy, Adele; Christensen, Jan H.; Cirka, Lubos; Covaci, Adrian;
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The Partnership for Chemicals Risk Assessment (PARC) is currently under development as a joint research and innovation programme to strengthen the scientific basis for chemical risk assessment in the EU. The plan is to bring chemical risk assessors and managers together with scientists to accelerate method development and the production of necessary data and knowledge, and to facilitate the transition to next-generation evidence-based risk assessment, a non-toxic environment and the European Green Deal. The NORMAN Network is an independent, well-established and competent network of more than 80 organisations in the field of emerging substances and has enormous potential to contribute to the implementation of the PARC partnership. NORMAN stands ready to provide expert advice to PARC, drawing on its long experience in the development, harmonisation and testing of advanced tools in relation to chemicals of emerging concern and in support of a European Early Warning System to unravel the risks of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) and close the gap between research and innovation and regulatory processes. In this commentary we highlight the tools developed by NORMAN that we consider most relevant to supporting the PARC initiative: (i) joint data space and cutting-edge research tools for risk assessment of contaminants of emerging concern; (ii) collaborative European framework to improve data quality and comparability; (iii) advanced data analysis tools for a European early warning system and (iv) support to national and European chemical risk assessment thanks to harnessing, combining and sharing evidence and expertise on CECs. By combining the extensive knowledge and experience of the NORMAN network with the financial and policy-related strengths of the PARC initiative, a large step towards the goal of a non-toxic environment can be taken.


NORMAN network; Suspect screening; Non-target screening; Contaminants of emerging concern; Environmental monitoring; High-resolution mass spectrometry; Effect-based methods; Chemical risk assessment and prioritisation

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Environmental Sciences Europe
2020, volume: 32, number: 1, article number: 100
Publisher: SPRINGER

Authors' information

Dulio, Valeria
Natl Inst Environm and Ind Risks
Koschorreck, Jan
Fed Environm Agcy
van Bavel, Bert
Norwegian Inst Water Res
van den Brink, Paul
Wageningen Univ and Res
Hollender, Juliane
Munthe, John
Swedish Environm Res Inst
Schlabach, Martin
Norwegian Inst Air Res
Aalizadeh, Reza
Natl and Kapodistrian Univ Athens
Agerstrand, Marlene
Stockholm Univ
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Allan, Ian
Fed Environm Agcy
Alygizakis, Nikiforos
Natl and Kapodistrian Univ Athens
Barcelo, Damia
Spanish Council Sci Res
Bohlin-Nizzetto, Pernilla
Norwegian Inst Air Res
Boutroup, Susanne
Aarhus Univ
Brack, Werner
Helmholtz Ctr Environm Res
Bressy, Adele
Univ Paris Est Creteil
Christensen, Jan H.
Univ Copenhagen
Cirka, Lubos
Environm Inst
Covaci, Adrian
Univ Antwerp
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