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Concerted action to develop a European framework for probabilistic risk assessment of the environmental impacts of pesticides

The EUFRAM project aims to assist the implementation in Europe of probabilistic methods for assessing the environmental risks of pesticides. EUFRAM will run for four years starting January 2003 and involves 29 partners from government, industry and academia in Europe and North America.

The objectives of the project are to:
1) manage the project and integrate the results into a single harmonised framework for the use of probabilistic methods for assessing environmental risks of pesticides
2) create a network to co-ordinate RTD tasks and implement harmonised standards for the use of probabilistic methods for assessing environmental risks of pesticides
3) develop a harmonised framework of proposed standards and procedures encompassing the following:
a) when to use probabilistic methods
b) which methods of uncertainty analysis to use
c) which methods are appropriate for routine assessments
d) how to report assessments
e) how to communicate the results
4) select and enrich case studies to act as benchmark examples
5)develop common research instruments to validate assessments
6) establish a common methodology for selecting software and databases
7) find ways to pool data currently in private hands
8) undertake testing of the framework and case studies by end users
9) disseminate results and inform end-users and other stakeholders.

Progress to Date
The project website has been established, with public pages describing the project, and private pages containing management information and tools, including a database to monitor and archive project deliverables.
Preliminary papers have been produced for the objectives, analysing the issues to be addressed and proposing detailed plans for the next phase of work.

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Scientist responsible for the project

Sand Hutton
YO41 1LZ York
United Kingdom (The) - GB

Phone: +44 1904 462053
Fax: +44 1904 462111


Project ID QLRT-2001-01346
Organisation Central Science laboratory, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Area 5.1.1
Start date 01 January 2003
Duration (months) 48
Total cost 1 701 088 €
Total EC contribution   1 701 088 €
Status Ongoing
Web address of the project

The partners

  • National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark - DK
  • Norwegian Agricultural Inspection Service, Norway - NO
  • Board for the Authorisation of Pesticides , Netherlands (The) - NL
  • The Aarhus School of Business , Denmark - DK
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigacion Tecnologia Agraria Yalimentaria , Spain - ES
  • Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Germany - DE
  • UFZ - Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig - Halle Gmbh, Germany - DE
  • National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands (The) - NL
  • Miljoestyrelsen (Danish Environmental Protection Agency), Denmark - DK

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