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Brixham Environmental Laboratory - Astra Zeneca

Freshwater Quarry

Brixham, Devon TQ5 8BA UK

Brixham Environmental laboratory has, for over 60 years, provided a specialised service to the chemical industry. We offer innovative approaches together with intelligent laboratory- based testing required for assessing environmental effects, ecotoxicity and environmental fate in support of the necessary notification dossiers. The Laboratory has become a leading industrial environmental science facility with a world-wide reputation.

Technical Information:

We offer laboratory based assessment of the environmental effects, ecotoxicity and environmental fate of new and existing substances. Our services can be easily classified according to the following industrial sectors:

Industrial Chemicals (REACh)
Brixham Environmental Laboratory is part of a global testing alliance and as such can offer a complete REACh service. We can provide both the "routine" studies required for REACh and the studies required for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). The laboratory is able to conduct all of the studies required to assess a substance against the PBT or vPvB criteria and complete all of the aquatic studies listed within the OECD conceptual framework for the testing and assessment of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Plant Protection Products
Brixham Environmental Laboratory has worked extensively for the plant protection products industry for over 30 years, generating both ecotoxicological and environmental fate data. As well as working directly with agrochemical companies, the laboratory also works on behalf of consultancies who are preparing registration or re-registration submissions.

Biocidal Products
Brixham Environmental Laboratory is experienced in designing the appropriate testing strategy for a particular biocidal product and in agreeing that strategy with the regulatory authorities. We are able to deliver all studies required for the environmental component of the submission, including various studies listed on the Directive

Veterinary Medicines
Directive 2001/82/EC, as amended by Directive 2004/28/EC on the community code relating to veterinary medicinal products, includes provision for an assessment of environmental risk. Brixham Environmental Laboratory can provide the Phase I assessment and all of Phase II testing.

Human Pharmaceuticals
An Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) is required for all new marketing authorisation applications for a medicinal product through a centralised, mutual recognition, decentralised or national procedure. We can provide all phases of the risk assessment. Pharmaceuticals are unique in that the ERA takes place towards the end of a development process that will have already included a great deal of in vitro and in vivo testing of efficacy, safety, metabolism and pharmacokinetics. Brixham Environmental Laboratory has experience of interpreting these data and using them to design an "intelligent" environmental testing strategy.

Environmental Modelling
Modelling the environment, its process and the impacts from discharged contaminants, has been an integral part of the work of Brixham Environmental Laboratory (BEL) for more than 30 years. This long history has resulted in a committed and skilled modelling team with the capability to provide clients with appropriate solutions, from simple analytical models to complex mathematical models using either off-the-shelf or bespoke packages. These skills, combined with the knowledge of other teams at the laboratory, provide the client with unrivalled solutions to model environmental processes and the fate and effects of contaminants in the environment.

Research & Development
Solution driven, we work at the forefront of environmental research often acting as a central hub on cross disciplinary collaborations with a range of research institutes, funding bodies, industrial and academic partners, ensuring realism and a pragmatic application of science

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