Government departments and international agencies

As well as advising industry across a range of sectors, we have a rich history of supporting government departments/agencies and international organisations operating in the arena of chemical toxicology, and have been commissioned to draft reports relating to human health for a large number and wide range of chemicals.

Indeed, our value to certain of these agencies has been recognised:


James Hopkins and his team have always delivered toxicity reviews of high quality, have always met deadlines and are very flexible in terms of adapting to changes in Environment Agency research priorities. In view of this I have no hesitation in recommending them for other work related to the derivation of human health criteria values for environmental contaminants”. The Environment Agency.

We acknowledge that bibra toxicology and consulting provide services that are highly regarded among the international scientific community”. European Food Safety Authority.

The toxicologists at bibra provide a very high-quality service by applying a combination of many years of experience and a high level of efficiency, in relation to scientific toxicological literature reviews and risk assessment”. Marc Baril PhD – Conseiller scientifique at IRSST


A selection of the projects where we have supported agencies/organisations is briefly described below:

Environment Agency the production of numerous toxicological reports and HCV proposals within the Contaminated Land Exposure Assessment programme (CLEA), and the Environment Assessment Level (EAL) programme. Bibra has also provided support in the area of benchmark dose analysis.

European Union bibra has co-ordinated two EU-funded Concerted Action Projects instigated to construct EUROPOEM generic databases of operator, bystander and re-entry worker exposures to plant protection products.

Health Canada bibra were active partners in the development of various facets of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999), including classification, carcinogenicity and genotoxicity, polymers and UVCBs. We have also produced comprehensive hazard reviews, screening assessments, robust toxicity summaries, and State of Science (SOS) reports, and have participated in a peer consultation on genotoxicity.

Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) 2010 literature review  and co-authorship (with Dutch colleagues) of an updated report on the carcinogenicity of trichloroethylene.

MAFF and Department of Health assisting UK Government Departments with various literature reviews (including one on PCBs and TEQs), and undertaking risk assessments of farm disinfectant formulations.

OECD peer-review (under contract) of a large number of draft SIDS Initial Assessment Reports (SIARs) and SIDS Initial Assessment Profiles (SIAPs) and CoCam reports.

WHO bibra staff have drafted a number of Concise International Chemical Assessment Documents (CICADs) and International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSCs), and have acted as temporary advisors to WHO. We have also peer reviewed numerous draft CICADs.


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