Risk assessment relies on having ecotoxicity endpoints that are sound and reliable. Evaluating these endpoints requires intimate knowledge of the studies and attention to detail. We understand that more needs to be done than simply extracting these endpoints from studies and applying them to an environmental risk assessment or endangered species risk assessment. When consulting in hazard assessment, we consider the integrity of the studies from which the data was extracted and how that data may reasonably be applied to risk assessment.
“Insight beyond the endpoint”
We like to call this experience the “insight beyond the endpoint.” This familiarity allows us to evaluate study design, study quality and study interpretation and incorporate that information into the hazard (effects) characterizations we perform. Hazard assessments often start with literature reviews and may include data quality analysis and analysis for relevance. We also use these factors to make a decision on which toxicity values to use in a risk assessment.