An improved version of the computer program ConsExpo is now available via the RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment website. Experts within and outside Europe use the program to assess the exposure to chemical substances from everyday consumer products such as paint, cleaning agents and personal care products. The new ConsExpo Web is launched during the annual conference of the International Society of Exposure Science in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht.
Exposure calculations from ConsExpo Web provide information needed to assess the safety of chemical substances in consumer products. With ConsExpo Web, exposure assessments for the consumer are performed in a transparent and standardised way by governments, institutes and industries.
ConsExpo is developed by RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment for the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport since 1993. ConsExpo Web is realised by RIVM in collaboration with the counterpart institutes ANSES (France), BfR (Germany), FOPH (Switzerland) and Health Canada.
These institutes will continue to work on the further development of the instrument. In the future, ConsExpo Web can easily be expanded with new applications, such as an exposure assessment for short term exposure. The institutes will also be working on an updated version of the fact sheets with information about the circumstances under which consumers are exposed to chemical substances from everyday products. This information can be used as a basis for the calculations in ConsExpo Web.
ConsExpo Web is now online and freely available after registration. Professionals who want to stay informed on ConsExpo developments can join the dedicated LinkedIn community ‘Consumer Exposure and ConsExpo'.