The complexity of European regulations is ever increasing, and environmental risk assessment approaches across Europe are being harmonised. With regard to the authorisation of chemicals such as industrial chemicals, household chemicals, pesticides and biocides, there is a need for an internationally recognised standard for those involved with these practices.
Therefore the Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors (CRA) programme was launched with the vision to harmonise and further strengthen the use of up-to-date scientific methods and principles in the environmental risk assessment of chemicals and other stressors. We promote the education in the environmental sciences as well as the advancement and application of scientific research.
Our mission is to identify and maintain a high standard for professionals working in the field of environmental risk assessment.
The CRA programme is an initiative of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry – Europe. SETAC is a not-for-profit organisation comprised of more than 6,000 individuals and institutions in 100 countries. Central to the programme is the Certification Programme Committee, composed of SETAC Europe environmental scientists and risk assessors for academia, government and business.
We provide the first internationally recognised standard for Environmental Risk Assessors. The different levels within the CRA programme are ideal for students, young professional at the beginning of their career as well as more experienced Environmental Risk Assessor who want to demonstrate their expertise formally with this certificate. Successful candidates are recognised as SETAC Europe Certified Environmental Risk Assessor (CRA) and listed in the CRA register.
The certification is for everyone who wishes to demonstrate their professional expertise in the filed of environmental risk assessment, the use of up-to-date scientific methods and principles and their commitment to continuous development in the field.
Increase knowledge and competences in environmental risk assessment.
Facilitate understanding and collaboration.
Aquire recognition of professional skills and expertise.
I have worked at the European Chemicals Agency for almost 10 years now, and in dealing with REACH-related issues every day, it seems crucial to me that experts from industry, academia and governmental institutions should share the same high standards and the same broad understanding of risk assessment principles to ensure the safe use of chemicals and the sufficient protection of the environment – not only for us today but also for future generations. I believe that the SETAC certification programme is a great opportunity for professionals to demonstrate that they have sufficient expertise in the field of environmental risk assessment.