Do you want to learn how to apply existing guidance and approaches in exposure assessment? In the authorization of plant protection products, the potential risks of active ingredients and products for the environment are assessed at EU and MS level using governmental guidance. This online course focuses on exposure assessment of groundwater and surface water and on emission from greenhouses.
Why follow this course?
After successful completion of this course, you will have gained new knowledge and approaches which you have practiced in hands-on assignments and which you can directly apply in your daily work, regarding leaching and aquatic exposure of plant protection products and including emissions from greenhouses.
For whom is this course?
This course aims at professionals using guidance for the authorization of plant protection products: regulators working for admission authorities who apply the guidance for their dossier evaluations; consultants and business representatives working for industry and/or consulting agencies who apply the guidance for dossiers (evaluation, preparation and submission); scientists performing modelling research, applying the latest and newest available guidance.
We ask at least a bachelor's degree or similar in natural sciences and experience with at least one of the exposure models.
Programme and topics
A hands-on training by the combination of lectures, exercises and discussions. After the course you can apply new knowledge and approaches straight away in your daily work. The content of the course focuses on leaching to groundwater and aquatic exposure, including emissions from greenhouses, of plant protection products. You will be able to apply the following models: GeoPEARL, PEARL, FOCUS_TOXSWA and GEM. Hands-on exercises include the determination of pesticide input parameters and interpretation of the results in relation to the applied input parameters and in relation to regulatory use.
The online training course on Exposure Assessment of plant protection products offers you an attractive mix of interactive live sessions and online self-study, supporting PDF’s and hands-on assignments. The following models are included in 4 modules:
- Module 1: Introduction
- Module 2: Leaching to groundwater: PEARL and GeoPEARL
- Module 3: Exposure in surface water: FOCUS_SWASH, FOCUS_MACRO, FOCUS_PRZM, FOCUS_TOXSWA
- Module 4: Greenhouse emissions: GEM
The substances tool SPIN is used in modules 2, 3 and 4. Participants of the course need to download these models beforehand: https://www.pesticidemodels.eu/home.
Hands-on exercises include the determination of pesticide input parameters and interpretation of the results in relation to the applied input parameters and in relation to regulatory use.
The course starts with a test session on the first of November and the first live session on the second of November. All live sessions are scheduled to start at 9.00 am Central European Time (GMT+1).
Please find the detailed schedule in the course flyer.
The courseleader is W.H.J. (Wim) Beltman MSc, Wageningen Environmental Research.