Risk Assessment Report Guidelines

For those applicants who wish to submit a completed environmental risk assessment report as part of the application requirements (i.e. for a publication), please note that, above all, members of the Credentials Committee will review this with an eye to the scope, detail, credibility and professionalism of the observations, interpretation and documentation of biological investigations completed as part of the overall environmental risk assessment. 

Risk Assessment Reports – The following set of guidelines will be used to assess risk assessment reports and are presented here for the applicant’s information.

1. Problem Formulation  - the ecotype, community, population or individuals of interest is clearly evaluated.  

Was there an attempt to gain first-hand knowledge of the community, population, individuals, potentially rare or sensitive species or conditions? If there was an attempt, was it scientifically credible?

2. Conceptual Models and Exposure Assessment - Exposure pathways should be clearly defined and considered.  

Was there a demonstration of an understanding of the interactions of the human, animal and /or plant life via soil, sediment, surface and/or groundwater and air?

3. Effects Assessments - There is a demonstration that the applicant is able to assess possible secondary and tertiary interactions and does not rely solely on toxicity reference values (TRV's) without critical evaluation.  

 Does the assessment cite and rely on primary research sources (or the applicant’s own studies) or are Toxicity Reference Values (TRV's) or similar levels chosen without adequate scientific review? Are differing exposure routes considered?

4.  Uncertianty Analysis

Does the report reflect an adequate appreciation of the limitations of the analysis and the various sources of uncertainty based on the biological aspects of the problem?

5. Implications

Does the overall environmental risk assessment show clearly how complex biological systems will respond to a range of management decisions undertaken to reduce perceived risks and what options are available for better protecting individuals, populations and communities?