To manage large chemical portfolios of consumer product ingredients, it’s important to understand the potential environmental impacts from “down-the-drain” disposal of consumer products. Environmental scientist Emma Mendelsohn of Integral Consulting Inc. (Integral) will present a poster on an exposure-based approach to screening ingredients in consumer products at an April 16–18, 2018, Focused Topic Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America, in Durham, North Carolina. The meeting centers on the use of high-throughput screening in environmental risk assessment.
For the study, an exposure-based approach for screening ecological risk was developed and applied to a portfolio of more than 400 cosmetic ingredients sold across multiple geographic regions, with the objective of identifying ingredients of the greatest priority for hazard evaluation. The study found that an exposure-driven approach for environmental risk assessment of ingredients is effective for optimizing resource use and for focusing on the greatest potential risks.
The presentation, titled “Exposure-Based, High-Throughput Screening of Ingredients in Consumer Products for Environmental Risk Assessment—The Other Half of the Risk Equation,” was coauthored by Paul DeLeo, Ph.D., and Heather Summers of Integral, and Andrea Carrao of Kao USA Inc.