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Effect-Based Trigger Values are Essential for the Uptake of Effect-Based Methods in Water Safety Planning


“Effect-based methods (EBM) using in vitro bioassays and well plate-based in vivo assays are recommended for water quality monitoring as they can capture the mixture effects of the many chemicals present in water. Many in vitro bioassays are highly sensitive, so an effect in a bioassay does not necessarily indicate poor chemical water quality. Consequently, effect-based trigger values (EBTs) have been introduced to differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable chemical water quality and are required for the wider acceptance of EBM by the water sector and regulatory bodies. EBTs have been derived for both drinking water and surface water to protect human- and ecological health, respectively, and are available for assays indicative of specific receptor-mediated effects, as well as assays indicative of adaptive stress responses, apical effects and receptor-mediated effects triggered by many chemicals. An overview of currently available EBTs is provided, and a simple approach is proposed to predict interim EBTs for assays currently without an EBT based on the effect concentration of the assay reference compound. There was good agreement between EBTs predicted using this simplistic approach and EBTs from the literature derived using more robust methods. Finally, an interpretation framework that outlines the steps to take if the effect of a sample exceeds the EBT was developed to help facilitate the uptake of EBM in routine water quality monitoring and water safety planning for drinking water production.”

(Citation: Neale, P.A., Escher, B.I., de Baat, M.L., – Effect‐Based Trigger Values are Essential for the Uptake of Effect‐Based Methods in Water Safety Planning – Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2022)art. no. 5544 – DOI: 10.1002/etc.5544 – (Open Access))

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This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. Environ Toxicol Chem 2022;00:0–0. © 2022 The Authors. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of SETAC. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License.

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