Mission

PARC’s mission is to address current, emerging and novel chemical safety challenges and enabling the transition to the Next Generation Risk Assessment (NGRA), in line with the European Green Deal’s zero-pollution ambition for a toxic free environment and in particular with the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability Towards a Toxic-Free Environment. 

Vision

We hope PARC will bring us a big step closer to the EU goal of a pollutant-free environment, and thus make a significant contribution to sustainable development in Europe.

Objectives

The PARC programme has three main objectives:

  • Develop the scientific skills needed to address current and future challenges in chemical safety

  • Provide new data, methods and innovative tools to those responsible for assessing and managing the risks of chemical exposure

  • Strengthen the networks which bring together actors specialised in the different scientific fields contributing to risk assessment

First steps:

  • To continue work on human biomonitoring of chemicals, with the launch of European studies in both the general population and in occupational settings, and the drafting of the current state of the art in chemical monitoring in order to establish new schemes or broaden the scope of substances monitored in existing schemes; and to innovate with regard to the analytical methods used.

  • To contribute to data generation to meet the regulatory needs and to the development of new methodological approaches to assess the effects on human beings or on target organisms in the environment.

  • To develop computer models and data analysis methods for studying the effects of mixtures and combined exposure.

  • To contribute to making data and models accessible and reusable for research and risk assessment purposes (i.e. that meet the FAIR principles: Findable – Accessible – Interoperable – Reusable), as part of an “Open Science” approach.

  • To develop the new concepts and tools needed for the implementation of the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: the chemical synthesis of new compounds or materials without risks to health and the environment, the ability to detect substances that are hazardous to health and the environment, or the provision of modelling tools.

  • The research strategy and work programme will ensure an open and transparent dialogue between scientific and regulatory bodies is promoted, involving all stakeholders.