EFSA has drafted the terms of Reference for a working group of the Scientific Committee on “Harmonisation of risk assessment methodologies for human health and ecological risk assessment of combined exposure to multiple chemicals”. The working group will develop a draft guidance document for human and ecological risk assessment of combined exposure to multiple chemicals using existing frameworks as starting points and tiered approaches for each step (problem formulation, hazard identification, hazard characterisation, exposure assessment, risk characterisation).
Following input from this public consultation, the working group of the scientific committee will review the contributions and consider them in developing the guidance document. Once finalised, the draft guidance document will be subject to another public consultation before its finalisation.
In line with EFSA’s policy on openness and transparency and in order for EFSA to receive comments from the scientific community and stakeholders, EFSA has launched public consultations on this draft document. Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 30 November 2016.
Please use the electronic template provided to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers of the respective document. A generic comments field is also available in this online tool. Please note that after 2 hours non-activity, your working session will expire and comments submitted after that time will not be recorded and transmitted. Therefore, if the page is left inactive for a while, before restart commenting, we advise you to refresh or re-open the page from the link.
If you would like to submit data-sets to support your comments or submit files send an email to: SCER.PublicConsultMixtox.78 [at] efsa.europa.eu.
Please note that comments will not be considered if they:
- are submitted after the closing date of the public consultation;
- are not related to the contents of the document;
- contain complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material;
- are related to policy or risk management aspects, which are out of the scope of EFSA's activity.
EFSA will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by EFSA’s Scientific Committee and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.
All comments submitted will be published. Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously. Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation.