Journal article

Factors Affecting the Perception of New Approach Methodologies (NAMs) in the Ecotoxicology Community

Matthieu Mondou, Gordon M Hickey, HM Tuihedur Rahman, Steve Maguire, Guillaume Pain, Doug Crump, Markus Hecker, Niladri Basu

Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management | Wiley | Published : 2020


Given current legislative mandates to assess the safety of thousands of chemicals and the slow pace at which conventional testing proceeds, there is a need to accelerate chemical risk assessment. Governments and businesses are increasingly interested in new approach methodologies (NAMs) that promise to reduce costs and delays. We explore 5 sociological factors within the ecotoxicology community that can influence the perception of NAMs: 1) professional profile (educational cohort, employer), 2) internal science communication within professional forums, 3) concern for “error cost,” 4) collaboration across stakeholders, and 5) fundamental beliefs regarding toxicology. We conducted an online su..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the financial sponsors of this research project: Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, Genome Prairie, the Government of Canada (Environment and Climate Change Canada), le ministere de l'Economie et de l'Innovation du Quebec, the University of Saskatchewan, McGill University, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). We would also like to acknowledge valuable comments from Heike Laue, Erick Lachapelle, and Vincent Arel-Bundock.