Who are we

How to keep ourselves and our environment healthy? That is the challenge facing government authorities at all levels, from the local to the international. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) conducts research and provides advice to assist them in this task. RIVM is also the Dutch institute responsible for providing information on REACH, and further developing existing and new methods and models to improve the chemical safety assessment under REACH.

IRAS, the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, is an interfaculty research institute within Utrecht University. IRAS provides education and research on the human health risks of exposure to potentially harmful agents in the environment, at the workplace and through the food chain. Effects on ecosystems are also considered.

These two institutes RIVM and IRAS in 2005 joined forces to provide education in the field of REACH Since then they have organized already 10 editions of a course for professionals in Chemical Safety Assessment under REACH. The first edition of this course was organized years ago before REACH had even become reality, and ever since this course has been adapted and modernized to inform participants about the latest methods in chemical safety assessment and insights about REACH.

Over the years the course has attracted over 200 participants from industry, government and academia both from within and outside Europe. In general participants considered the quality of this course to be high and the content to be very relevant. The next course is scheduled June 16-19, 2015.

Content of the course

Leading theme in this course in the Chemical Safety Assessment under REACH, with the REACH regulatory background as backbone. The complete risk assessment chain is discussed, from emission and distribution of industrial chemicals to exposure of man and ecosystems, and finally to risk characterization.

Experienced speakers from governmental institutions and private consultants will make the course participants familiar with exposure scenarios, risk management measures, and teach them how to collect, evaluate and estimate exposure and effect data, including alternative data and integrated testing strategies.

Structure of the course

The four days course is divided in two parts.

In the first two days a general overview of the REACH legislation, regulatory processes and the chemical safety assessment (under REACH) is provided.

The second part consists of two additional days with a more in depth and hands-on training on how to perform a chemical safety assessment by making use of available tools. These tools comprise

REACH-IT, IUCLID, CSA-tool & CHESAR, QSAR-toolbox demo, analogue and (Q)SARs for human endpoints, CONSEXPO and EUSES.

The course provides a combination of lectures and exercises with practical examples.

Depending on one’s personal expertise and training needs one can choose to follow only the first part in which an overview is provided or the whole training of 4 days, including the in depth, hands on training.