Review of Laboratory-Based Terrestrial Bioaccumulation Assessment Approaches for Organic Chemicals: Current Status and Future Possibilities

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  • Publication Type : Journal Article
  • Author(s) : Hoke R, Huggett D, Brasfield S, Brown B, Embry M, Fairbrother A, Kivi M, Paumen ML, Prosser R, Salvito D, Scroggins R
  • Journal Name : Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management

Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. 2016;12(1):109-122

Abstract: In the last decade, interest has been renewed in approaches for the assessment of the bioaccumulation potential of chemicals, principally driven by the need to evaluate large numbers of chemicals as part of new chemical legislation, while reducing vertebrate test organism use called for in animal welfare legislation. This renewed interest has inspired research activities and advances in bioaccumulation science for neutral organic chemicals in aquatic environments. In January 2013, ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute convened experts to identify the state of the science and existing shortcomings in terrestrial bioaccumulation assessment of neutral organic chemicals. Potential modifications to existing laboratory methods were identified, including areas in which new laboratory approaches or test methods could be developed to address terrestrial bioaccumulation. The utility of "non-ecotoxicity" data (e.g., mammalian laboratory data) was also discussed. The highlights of the workshop discussions are presented along with potential modifications in laboratory approaches and new test guidelines that could be used for assessing the bioaccumulation of chemicals in terrestrial organisms.

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