PARC is an international initiative, founded last year under the aegis of Horizon Europe. It’s key aim is developing up-to-date chemical risk assessment methods. It works in conjunction with the EU’s Chemical Strategy for Sustainability, as well as its Zero Pollution ambition – both of which are also priorities for EuChemS, which is an invited member of the Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform as well as the High Level Roundtable on the implementation of the Chemicals Strategy.
The 28 June assembly consisted of meetings of the PARC advisory bodies: the Stakeholder Forum and the International Expert Board – which met for the first time. The former is a forum of industry-, business-, health-, and consumer consumer organisations, as well as NGOs, and more. The latter, the international board, is a group of versatile experts from chemistry and policy backgrounds, who support PARC in science-policy dialogue. Amongst the members of the International Board is EuChemS Secretary General Nineta Hrastelj. The advising bodies are connected with PARC’s management and executive bodies. The meetings provided opportunity for the discussion of PARC activities, mapping of the initiative’s needs, and presenting it’s results. PARC communicated that the fruitful first meeting of the international board “enhanced synergies, and innovation”.