By combining the available international knowledge, the method to assess the extent to which consumers are exposed to chemical substances via everyday products such as paint, cleaning agents and cosmetics will be improved. A new web-based version of the computer program ConsExpo will make this possible. The update of the program will be realised by RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment in collaboration with the counterpart institutes ANSES (France), BfR (Germany), BAG (Switzerland) and Health Canada.
Calculations from ConsExpo provide information
needed to assess the possible risks of chemical substances in
consumer products. ConsExpo is used within and outside Europe by
governments, institutes and industries.
The collaboration in the ConsExpo 2015 project will lead to a new web-based version of ConsExpo. The renewed program can easily be expanded with new applications such as exposure assessments for nanomaterials. The web-based version of ConsExpo will be available in the course of 2016.
ConsExpo is developed by RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment for the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority and the Dutch Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sports. By collaborating with counterpart institutes and harmonization with users of ConsExpo, further international commitment for ConsExpo will be created.
In addition to the update of the computer program, the
institutes will be working on an update of the fact sheets with
information about the circumstances under which consumers are
exposed to chemical substances. This information can be used as a
basis for the calculations in ConsExpo. These fact sheets on
different product categories assist performance of exposure
assessment in a transparent and standardised way.
Professionals who want to stay informed of the developments on ConsExpo can join the dedicated LinkedIn community ‘Consumer Exposure and ConsExpo’.
coordinates the ConsExpo 2015 project.
Participating institutes contribute in kind and financially.