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Introduction

Second Stakeholder Conference

Brussels, 15 October 2013

Current MRL settings do not take into account cumulative and aggregate exposure. In 2010 the ACROPOLIS project was set up under the support of the Seventh Framework Research Programme to address aggregate and cumulative risk of pesticides and to build an on-line integrated strategy in Europe.

After three and a half years of intense cooperation between the various partners, the project is delivering its outcome. Following a first ACROPOLIS stakeholder conference in February 2012, which aimed to discuss the conceptual modeling approach and implementation of the new models, a second stakeholders conference was organized in Brussels on 15th October 2013. The aim of this second stakeholder meeting was to discuss the ACROPOLIS achievements and its future relevance for stakeholders.

The central aim of the ACROPOLIS project is to develop new cumulative and aggregated exposure models and to set up a new toxicological way of testing to confirm assumptions made in the current risk assessment related to mixtures of the pesticides. The developed models in the ACROPOLIS project are programmed in a coherent way and will become available via a web-based platform. The ACROPOLIS platform includes data needed for the cumulative and aggregated risk assessment in Europe. This is referred to as the ACROPOLIS IT tool. The IT tool is scientifically sound, transparent and validated. The tool will become accessible for all actors involved in the European risk assessment and risk management after finalization of the project at the end of November 2013.

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The ACROPOLIS stakeholder conference attracted close to 70 delegates from both the public and private sector. Under the leadership of RIVM member of the board of directors, Annemiek van Bolhuis, a programme for the second ACROPOLIS stakeholder conference was structured to inform attendees on the achievements of the ACROPOLIS project, and to discuss the way forward regarding:

  1. the European context and the achievements of ACROPOLIS;
  2. addressing cumulative risk assessment and the experience of different user groups;
  3. future perspective on aggregate exposure and toxicological testing;
  4. general reflection including the perspective of the fresh produce sector and how the ACROPOLIS models might fit into the future perspective of RISK21;
  5. conclusions and way forward.

This report is a brief synthesis of the proceedings of a full day discussion.

A summary and recommendations of the ACROPOLIS project are available on the ACROPOLIS website.