The National Centre for Environmental Toxicology (NCET), a specialised team within WRc, includes a group of dedicated toxicologists experienced in human hazard and risk assessment. It offers expert opinions on the likely and potential health risks posed by the exposure to chemicals in the environment and the work place.
Much of the work of the toxicologists involves the assessment of data, the maintenance of a rolling database of over 580 chemical Toxicity Datasheets for the water industry, and the derivation of environmental toxicological limit values (e.g. Human Health Criteria Values).
NCET has direct experience of R&D and regulatory toxicology relevant to the pharmaceutical, chemical, agrochemical, water, environmental health and retail industries.
- A 24-hour enquiry service providing advice in the event of chemical spills and pollution incidents affecting drinking water and the environment for the Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the UK Water Utilities.
- Advice on product safety and risk evaluation and assessment of products containing ‘chemicals of concern’.
- Preparation of summaries of toxicological data.
- Production of expert reports on products for submission to regulatory agencies.
- Derivation of threshold values for chemicals in drinking water for the protection of human health.
- Project leadership and liaison with other laboratories, companies, task forces, organisations in accordance with our clients’ needs.