NCEC’s Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology (ECT) team has a track record of supporting organisations in performing ecotoxicology and environmental fate tests, and engaging in technical discussions with regulatory authorities on their behalf. The team combines leading scientific expertise and regulatory insight to deliver superior outcomes, resilience and value for our customers.
Our highly skilled specialists have vast experience and in-depth knowledge of evaluating and assessing chemicals, gained over many years of working for multinational chemical companies, and within trade associations and academia.
Industry clients value NCEC as a trusted partner to navigate the challenging and fast-moving regulatory landscape. Our expert knowledge and strategic insights provide clients with clear courses of action to deliver value and mitigate business impacts through improved testing and product evaluations, research projects, regulatory engagement, and supporting the development of safer and more sustainable products.
Our team has a broad range of expertise in assessing the environmental hazards and risks of chemical products, and developing greener alternatives. We place great value on the skills of our team members and the relationships they cultivate with our clients, which include hundreds of companies in the chemical supply chain and around 50% of the world’s top 100 chemical manufacturers.
Chris Hughes – Principal Regulatory Consultant, Head of the ECT team
Chris is highly experienced in the environmental hazard and risk assessment of chemicals. His expertise stems from working as an industry scientist for an international oil company during the implementation of REACH, and on the global launch of a suite of new products. He has extensive knowledge in assessing chemicals under various global regulatory frameworks and has overseen hundreds of regulatory physico-chemical, environmental fate and ecotoxicology tests. Chris has been particularly focused on work related to the assessment of complex and difficult test substances and evaluating biodegradation and persistence of substances.
He is also experienced in designing and managing scientific research projects, having successfully delivered projects for Concawe and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) as part of their Long-range Research Initiative (LRI) programme (Cefic-LRI) valued at over EUR €1 million. He works as a science adviser to Concawe, supporting the ongoing assessment of petroleum substances under REACH, and is also engaged in discussions of the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) PBT Expert Group and PetCo Working Group.
David Brown – Regulatory Consultant
David is an expert regulatory environmental scientist. He has previously worked for an international oil company on contaminated land projects and implementing the European Water Framework Directive. He has a detailed understanding of chemical risk assessment and has supported a number of high-profile projects including working with the IUCN Niger Delta Panel. He has experience working with complex chemical mixtures such as hydrocarbons and emerging contaminants including perfluorinated fire-fighting foams. Much of his experience is laboratory based, which has given him an in-depth understanding of biodegradability (persistence) testing and analytical methods used in identifying and quantifying chemicals. He was also a contributing author to theContaminated Land Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE) guidance document ‘Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Groundwater: Guidance on assessing petroleum hydrocarbons using existing hydrogeological risk assessment methodologies.’
Megan Griffiths – Regulatory Ecotoxicologist
Megan is a regulatory ecotoxicologist. Having studied MSc Environmental Science (Chemistry, Toxicology and Health) at the University of Copenhagen, she has wide-ranging knowledge of the environmental fate of chemicals, their (eco)toxicological effects and their regulation. She has conducted fieldwork across the globe, from the coral reefs of the Bahamas to the Arctic landscape of Svalbard, seeing first-hand how chemical contamination impact these ecosystems. Megan has completed multiple ecotoxicology research projects investigating the effects of various chemicals in aquatic organisms. Therefore, she has detailed knowledge of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) methods, as well as emerging environmental issues such as endocrine disruptors, natural toxins and mixture effects.
Eleonore Delouvrier – Ecotoxicology Intern
Eleonore is in the last year of an MSc in Ecotoxicology at Sorbonne University. Her background in biology, biochemistry and environmental sciences gave her the foundation to understand and analyse the behaviour and fate of chemical products when released in the environment. Eleonore has worked on vegetal biochemistry at Sorbonne University and environmental sciences at the University of Quebec in Montreal, gaining good experience in using different ecotoxicological tests to analyse fate and toxicity of organic and inorganic pollutants in various organisms. She now focuses on the issues related to persistence assessments of UVCB substances.
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