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Latest news: An update of the Aged Sorption guidance has been published (Revision 1). The update includes the new Regulator’s Instructions for the kinetic analysis, and some minor changes to the text for clarification following MS comments.

The original guidance was officially noted as EU guidance in 2021 and permits the use of aged sorption as higher-tier refinement in the groundwater risk assessment.

field drains on the somerset levels picture id636834244 1Aged Sorption - a useful refinement option for pesticides and metabolites that currently fail the groundwater assessment.

Achieving an acceptable regulatory risk assessment using first-tier approaches with standard substance datasets can be problematic in the case of some substances. This has led to a number of higher-tier refinement approaches as described by the FOCUS groundwater workgroup in 2009, one of the principal approaches being to investigate the potential for the strength of soil sorption of a substance to increase over time (‘aged sorption’). 

A detailed guideline on how aged sorption studies for pesticides should be conducted, analysed and used in regulatory assessments has now been published on the EC website, and studies can be included in submissions from the 1st of April 2021. Click here for more information.


Enviresearch & Fera Science Collaboration

iStock 486755202 Water flow over rocks 1Together with other collaborators, Enviresearch/Fera have been working with the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) for over 10 years developing and revising the new guidance for Aged Sorption. This development has included the design of the appropriate experimental protocol, standardisation of deriving the required parameters from the experimental data and how the parameters are subsequently used during exposure modelling.

Fera and Enviresearch have extensive experience in providing the best regulatory and risk assessment services in Europe for the global chemical industry, with a highly dedicated and experienced group of experts who are at the cutting edge of science underpinned with the power of Fera's experimental excellence.

Fera and Enviresearch have teamed up to provide a comprehensive service that covers all requirements for aged sorption.


Did you miss our Aged Sorption webinar?

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During the webinar, Dr. Wendy Van Beinum, leading expert in Aged Sorption from Enviresearch and Dr. Chris Sinclair, renowned Environmental Fate specialist from Fera discussed and demonstrated how Aged Sorption studies for pesticides should be conducted, analysed, and used in regulatory assessment and discuss their inclusion in higher-tier testing for groundwater.

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Wendy Van Beinum

Wendy is an environmental fate consultant at Enviresearch, with more than 15 years’ experience in pesticide fate processes and modelling. Wendy has applied and developed modelling and experimental techniques in a range of areas such as sorption and diffusion in soil and pesticide leaching. Wendy has contributed to the development of the aged sorption guidance and other procedures for regulatory risk assessment on behalf of the UK Chemical Regulations Directorate and EFSA. 

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SabineSabine Beulke

Sabine is an Environmental Risk Assessor / Modelling Expert for Enviresearch and her role is to assess the environmental fate and effects of pesticides to support regulatory active substance renewals and product registrations in the EU. Sabine's particular interests include chemical-soil interactions, movement of chemicals into surface water and groundwater via drainage, runoff and leaching, and mathematical modelling, applying this expertise to the development of customised solutions to regulatory problems.           

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Chris Sinclair 200Chris Sinclair

Chris is an expert in regulatory environmental risk assessment processes, registration requirements and guidance for pharmaceuticals, veterinary medicines and pesticides. Chris ensures delivery of the regulatory environmental risk assessment processes (quantifying risk for pesticides, veterinary medicines and feed additives) of environmental fate and behaviour of chemicals (e.g. movement of chemicals through soils to surface and ground waters) for our customers.

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Aged sorption experiments for refining groundwater assessment.

Aged sorption is measured in a laboratory study on a minimum of four soils. The aged sorption parameters (two parameters that describe the increase in sorption) are derived and the mean values are used in the standard FOCUS models (PEARL or PELMO) to refine the groundwater concentrations. The models then describe the increase in sorption strength over the year following application.

This reduces the availability for leaching to groundwater, resulting in reduced Predicted Environmental Concentrations (PEC).





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Sorption of chemicals onto soil tends to increase with time, beyond the equilibrium sorption measured in standard OECD106 batch sorption studies.

Backed up by good evidence, the effect of aged sorption may be accounted for in the risk assessment for groundwater at the higher tier.








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Thanks to the experimental know-how and analytical expertise of Fera, we can offer an aged sorption study is performed as an incubation study equivalent to OECD guideline 307, but with an additional extraction step using 0.01 M CaCl2-solution. The data could therefore be obtained during the standard degradation studies with little extra effort. See further details below.


iStock 542576580 Microscope 2Modelling & Interpretation of Data

Enviresearch incorporates a leading team of expert modellers who have been instrumental in the development of the aged sorption guidance and can provide the parameter derivation and higher tier modelling for active substance and metabolites.




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Human activities and climate variability are increasing the pressures on groundwater resources. With our team of experts and state of the art facilities we are able to perform the necessary groundwater water assessments that are needed in accordance with the guidelines. 




Aged Sorption Services Available

An aged sorption study is performed as an incubation study equivalent to OECD guideline 307, but with an additional extraction step using 0.01 M CaCl2-solution. The data could therefore be obtained during the standard degradation studies with little extra effort. However, the guidance requires that the standard equilibrium sorption studies are also performed on the same soils, so it makes sense to plan ahead.

Aged sorption parameters are derived by fitting the Aged Sorption model, for example in PEARLNEQ. The guidance explains how to combine the aged sorption parameters with sorption and degradation endpoints from Tier 1 for the groundwater assessment.

Our services include:

  • Review of existing data
  • Development of an aged sorption strategy
  • Delivery of required experimental studies
  • Modelling and interpretation of the resultant data
  • Combination with Tier 1 endpoints
  • Higher-tier groundwater assessment


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