Title: Roadblocks and Shortcuts En Route to Integrated Risk Assessment and Management of Chemicals
Authors: ASSMUTH TimoHILDÉN MikaelCRAYE Matthieu
Citation: SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT vol. 408 p. 3954-3963
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC60519
ISSN: 0048-9697
URI: www.elsevier.com/locate/scitotenv
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2010.02.010
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This paper addresses obstacles and opportunities for the development and application of novel methods for integrated assessment of cumulative risks from chemicals, exemplified by the REACH legislation of the EU, in the context of multiple stressors and of chemicals policy. We examine the role of such methods in connection with REACH by models of integration and innovation of risk information in multi-actor risk governance; analyses of key documents on REACH; and interviews with EU regulators and stakeholders. We first explain the emergence of REACH as a response to tensions in EU chemicals, environmental and other policies. We then analyze the present configuration of REACH particularly in relation to key dimensions of risk integration: across stressors; exposed organisms; and impacts. Among the policy aspects of integrated risk information, we focus on its interaction with management and the contesting framings and interpretations of assessment. Avenues and barriers are identified for integrated treatment of risks under REACH and with other instruments. We emphasize how bounded, formal and static assessments interact with open and informal approaches that have more flexibility in integrating risks in new ways. We conclude with a generalizing discussion on the role of novel methods of integrated risk assessment in the development of reflexive and participatory governance under REACH and beyond.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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