Register for the SETAC Latin America Chemical Risk Symposium

Cost is $10. You do not have to be a SETAC Cartagena meeting attendee to register for the symposium.


3rd SETAC Latin America Chemical Risk Symposium

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. | Sunday, 15 September | Room: Agarena | Cost: $10

The SETAC International Programs Committee, together with SETAC Latin America, will be holding the third SETAC Latin America symposium on using weight-of-evidence methods for risk-based assessment and management of chemicals from 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on Sunday, 15 September. The first two symposia were held in Brazil in 2017 and 2018. All SETAC Cartagena meeting attendees are invited to join, although seating for the symposium is limited. The symposium will examine exposure analyses to complement the previous work.

Importantly, this year’s symposium will start with a not-to-be-missed morning session on training in the principles and practices of environmental risk assessment. This introductory course is being led by SETAC Global Partner Ramboll and collaborators from Brazil and Argentina. The course will provide a foundation for the symposium. Government representatives are being invited to the symposium to share their insights for their countries and to engage with experts on future risk management of chemicals. This extremely popular course and symposium will take place on Sunday, 15 September, the first day of the conference.

Fundamentals of Ecological Risk Assessment for Contaminated Sites

8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Instructors: Mary Sorensen, Ramboll, USA; Julio Fuchs, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Alyne Cetrangolo Chirmici, Ramboll, Sấo Paulo, Brasil

Language: English and Spanish

Regulatory and scientific developments are exerting ever increasing influence over the role of ecological risk assessment (ERA) in site remediation in Latin America (LA). Whereas ERA methods and approaches have been applied to registration processes for pesticides and other products, recent regulation and guidance is changing the panorama significantly. For example, in 2017, Companhia Ambiental do Estado do Sấo Paulo (CETESB) introduced a regulation requiring ecological risk assessment at contaminated sites in 2107. Almost simultaneously, the Asssociaçấo Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT) and the Instituto Argentino de Normalización y Certificación (IRAM) are developing technical standards on how to develop ERAs. In addition, the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) of Mexico has published a guide introducing ERA, and the Ministerio del Ambiente (MINAM) of Peru has published a guide for assessing environmental risks.  This in conjunction with recent legislation on Environmental damages (e.g., in Mexico and Chile) are likely to prompt application of ecological risk concepts and assessment frameworks in remediation decision-making.

The principal objective of this course is to contribute to the current knowledge in Latin America of ERA from both a preventive perspective as well as reactive perspective such as site remediation as a means of restoring and conserving renewable natural resources in LA while managing scarce financial resources. A secondary objective is to provide an overview of the fundamentals of ERA for participants in the exposure seminar to immediately follow this short course.

This short course will be presented in two modules in Spanish and Portuguese according to the following general agenda:

Time Agenda
8:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:45 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Ecological Risk Assessment Framework

  • Overview, problem formulation and conceptual site model
  • Exposure assessment, effects assessment and risk characterization
  • Classroom exercise
9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Screening vs. Quantitative ERA

  • Benefits and limitations of each approach
  • Importance of uncertainty and safety factors
  • Classroom exercise
10:15 a.m.–10:40 a.m. Coffee break
10:40 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Key Concepts in Exposure Assessment
11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch (provided)

Regulatory Approaches for Exposure Evaluation

1:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Time Agenda Speakers
1:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Introduction and Symposium Goals Karluss Thomas, Chair, SETAC International Programs Committee
1:30 p.m.–1:50 p.m. Exposure Evaluation in Canada as part of the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) Dan Bastien, Intertek Chemicals Group
1:50 p.m.–2:10 p.m. Exposure Evaluation in the United States as part of TSCA Suzanne Hartigan, Senior Director, American Chemistry Council
2:10 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Chemicals Assessment & Exposure Evaluation in Columbia Martha Paez, Universidad del Valle, Columbia
2:30 p.m.–2:50 p.m. Exposure Evaluation in Argentina Agustin Harte, Argentina Ministry of the Environment
2:50 p.m.–3:10 p.m. Exposure Evaluation in Chile Cecilia Andrea Aburto Schweitzer, Chile Ministry of the Environment
3:10 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Best Practices for Exposure Evaluation:

  • Fate and Exposure Modeling
  • Degradation Pathways and Kinetics
  • Use of Empirical Exposure Data
Todd Gouin, TG Environmental Research
3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: Role for SETAC for Supporting Risk Assessment in Latin America? Charlie Menzie and Ricardo Barra
4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Open Discussion
5:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Wrap-Up and Next Steps Karluss Thomas