The software model ConsExpo is a set of coherent, general models that enables the estimation and assessment of exposure to substances from consumer products that are used indoor and their uptake by humans.
ConsExpo is a computer program that enables the estimation and
assessment of exposure to substances from consumer products such as
paint, cleaning agents and cosmetics. The model is developed by the
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. At the
end of 2016, a new web version of ConsExpo will be launched.
ConsExpo is used within and outside Europe by governments, institutes and industries to assess the exposure to substances from consumer products. ConsExpo is used by the European assessment of industrial chemicals (REACH) and biocides.
The program provides inside in exposure via inhalation, via the skin or by oral intake. Users choose the most appropriate scenario and fill in exposure parameters such as body weight and exposure duration. The program consists of both screening models and higher tier models for an exposure estimation.
Information about circumstances under which consumers are exposed to chemical substances from consumer products is available in so-called fact sheets. For several product categories so-called default parameter values are provided which can be used as a basis for the calculations in ConsExpo. These default values are also available in the database that is coupled to ConsExpo. By means of the fact sheets, the exposure assessment may be carried out in a transparent and standardised way.
The current version is ConsExpo 4.1. A beta-version of ConsExpo 5.0 is available, in which amongst others the methods for probabilistic exposure evaluation have been improved. A new web-based version of the computer program ConsExpo is currently being developed. This web-based ConsExpo version 2015.0, will be available at the end of 2016. The renewed program can easily be expanded with new applications such as exposure assessments for nanomaterials. In addition to the update of the computer program, the content of the fact sheets will be updated.
The update of ConsExpo will be realised by RIVM in collaboration
with the counterpart institutes ANSES (France), BfR (Germany), BAG
(Switzerland) and Health Canada.
The download page of the current version of ConsExpo.
If you have questions or remarks about ConsExpo, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professionals who want to stay informed of the developments on ConsExpo can join the dedicated LinkedIn community ‘Consumer Exposure and ConsExpo’.