The CRA has a basic but broad theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of Environmental Sciences, notably within the field of environmental risk assessment, and of the underlying and supporting fields.
- has a basic understanding of ecology, more specific of principles and processes governing interactions between organisms and their biotic (intra- and inter-species interactions) and abiotic environment, and of the hierarchical organisation, dynamics, structure, functioning and (bio)diversity of populations, communities and ecosystems;
- has basic understanding of the concepts and principles in regulatory ecotoxicology and environmental risk assessment
- has basic understanding of the existing legislative frameworks in Europe and the main actors in the field of environmental risk assessment
- has basic understanding of the main factors and processes governing the fate and distribution of chemicals in the environment;
- has basic understanding of the factors, processes and concepts used to translate knowledge on the fate of chemicals into an exposure assessment;
- has basic understanding of the modes of action of major groups of chemicals and of (eco)toxicological concepts and theory;
- has basic understanding of methods for assessing (eco)toxicological effects at different levels of biological organisation, including their standardisation;
- has basic understanding of the linkage between ecology and ecotoxicology and its use to describe/predict and determine effects at higher levels of biological organisation;
- has basic understanding of the concepts and tools used for predictive and diagnostic ecotoxicological effects assessment;
- has basic understanding of the statistical and mathematical tools used for analysing (eco)toxicological data;
- has advanced understanding of at least 2 out of the above mentioned topics;
- is able to think in multidisciplinary terms, and possesses an understanding of other disciplines (and sub-disciplines) that are of importance to environmental risk assessment.