Environmental fate

Environmental fate

Environmental fate encompasses what happens to a substance after it has been released into the environment, and is based on the inherent properties of the substance and the environmental conditions. This predominantly concerns the transportation, transformation and distribution of a substance and consists of degradation processes and partitioning between different compartments – including biota.

The environmental fate of a substance can indicate potential exposure and persistence, and determine which compartments are most at risk. Therefore, it forms the basis of many regulatory assessments (for example, exposure; persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity (PBT); and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB)) under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation. 

With our years of experience working with environmental fate, we can conduct degradation testing, environmental exposure modelling, risk assessments and PBT assessments. We can also evaluate a client’s current test methods and propose more refined testing approaches where possible.

If you have any questions regarding environmental fate, please contact us to find out more.