Environment Agency awards Fera Science place in Environmental Risk Assessment Framework


Fera Science has been awarded a place in the Environmental Risk Assessment Framework (ERAS) by the Environment Agency.

Fera Science chemical safety lead Chris Sinclair said: “We have worked closely with the Environment Agency for a number of years, so it is fantastic that we’re now in a position to deliver a new set of services to them around chemical risk and hazard assessments.

“We look forward to working closely with the agency over the life of the framework.”

"It is fantastic that we’re now in a position to deliver a new set of services to them around chemical risk and hazard assessments."

Fera will provide environmental hazard and risk assessment of chemicals support, both in general and for specific substances.

It will also provide technical advice and critical review of assessments and reports produced by others.

The framework will be in place until 2018 with the possibility of extension to 2020.

In collaboration with a partner organisation Enviresearch Ltd, as well as academics from both Chester and Newcastle Universities, Fera was awarded a place following a competitive tender process. 

The new framework replaces the earlier Environmental Risk Assessment Services Framework, which came to an end this year.

Fera Science Limited, previously the Food and Environment Research Agency, is a joint private/public sector venture between Capita plc and Defra.

Based on the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus in Sand Hutton, Fera is a supplier of scientific solutions, evidence and advice across the agri-food supply chain.

With more than 350 scientists, Fera analyses over 90,000 samples and publishes over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers a year.