news | 2021-04-19
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Exposure and toxicity characterization of chemical emissions and chemicals in products

An update of the UNEP/SETAC scientific consensus model USEtox has been published in the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. The title of the article is Exposure and toxicity characterization of chemical emissions and chemicals in products: global recommendations and implementation in USEtox.

Mistra SafeChem participant Peter Fantke from DTU is the lead author of the study.

The publication presents the methodological framework and global recommendations for advancing near-field/far-field exposure and human toxicity characterization.

The presented advancements address several key limitations in earlier toxicity assessment approaches. The updated USEtox framework is applicable for evaluating chemical emissions and product-related exposure in life cycle assessment (LCA), chemical alternatives assessment (CAA) and chemical substitution, consumer exposure and risk screening, and high-throughput chemical prioritization.