The National Centre for Environment Toxicology (NCET) provides an independent and authoritative source of expertise and information on the fate and effects of chemicals in the environment. Its work is supported by UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR), the Environment Agency regulator and the Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER). The NCET makes available the best
information and advice on:
- Fate and behaviour of chemicals in the environment
- Human health impacts of chemical contaminants
- Toxicity of chemicals to aquatic organisms and other wildlife
- Effects of chemicals on sewage treatment operations
- Environmental and human health standards and guidelines.
NCET has over 100 members, ranging from pharmaceutical producers and power generators to environmental consultants and health authorities. Advice is provided by WRc on a consultancy basis to meet specific requirements. This may be a same-day telephone response if information is needed urgently, a written summary of available data, an in depth review to support policy or business decisions or a full risk assessment including the use or development of computer modelling.
Additionally, the 24-hour emergency response service is used by the water industry, regulators and emergency services managing pollution incidents. Access to the service is also available, at a fee, to other NCET members.