Ecotox Testing of Leachates as an Alternative Approach for Environmental Impact Assessment of Wood Preservatives

IRG/WP 02-50185

H-W Wegen

Driven by the implementation of the EU Biocidal Product Directive (BPD) in the environmental assessment of treated wood different methodologies and test strategies are at present under discussion within industry, regulatory authorities and standardizing comittees. Test procedures for the analytical determination of emissions to different environmental compartments according to exposure scenarios are suggested for international harmonization. In addition ┬┤fate and behaviour┬┤ modelling as well as the PEC/PNEC consideration are proposed to produce an environmental risk assessment of treated wood. As an alternative approach direct ecotoxicological testing of leachates is presented with leachates from solvent based preservatives treated timber as example. Daphnids as very sensitive bioindicators exhibited differences due to the included biocides of the preservative formulation tested as well as the leaching procedure used. The methodology of direct ecotoxicological testing as an alternative to PEC/PNEC comparison is discussed for suitability in wood preservation.

Keywords: Ecotoxicity, Leachates, Biotests, Risk Assessment, Treated Wood, Emissions

Conference: 02-05-12/17 Cardiff, Wales, UK

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