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Risk Assessment and Regulation of Chemicals

Want to know more about how chemical risks are assessed and regulated? The course “Risk Assessment and Regulation of Chemicals” gives you a basic understanding of the regulatory processes in Sweden, EU and globally.

Course period spring 2022: Tuesday 22 March - Friday 29 April

The course is obligatory for the Master's Programme in Environmental Science - Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, but can also be attended as a freestanding course.

The course explores the general principles of regulatory risk assessment of chemicals. Concepts that will be covered include: Hazard assessment, dose-response, exposure assessment, and risk characterization. An overarching theme will be the use of different types of scientific data in risk assessment and how data are evaluated and weighed in the process. In addition, the course will introduce the system for regulating chemicals within the European Union and internationally.
It is expected that the student after taking the course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the methodology and principles of hazard and risk assessments of chemicals
  • Demonstrate understanding of how scientific data is assessed, valued and used for hazard and risk assessment of chemicals
  • Demonstrate understanding of the chemical regulation in Europe and international agreements and treaties
  • Critically examine a risk assessment.
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  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course contain a mix of lectures, seminars, and an individual project work.


    Active participation in the obligatory parts (project work and seminars) of the course is required. Knowledge assessment takes place through a written exam  and a written and oral assignment.


    Cheating and plagiarism

    Cheating of every kind is wholly unacceptable and Stockholm University takes this matter extremely seriously.

    By cheating is meant, for example, that students cooperate in an unauthorized way, use unauthorized resources or otherwise try to cheat in the examination. To use another person’s expressions or ideas without stating the source is plagiarism. To translate and/or change some words in someone else’s text and present it as your own is also a form of plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered cheating and if discovered in an exam or paper, the exam or paper will be failed immediately and disciplinary measures may be taken.

    Any student who is caught cheating or disrupting academic activities may be suspended from lectures and exams for a period of up to six months. The Vice Chancellor or the Disciplinary Council decide whether the student is to be subject to any disciplinary measures.

    Read more about the rules and regulations here:
    Guidelines for Disciplinary Matters at Stockholm University
    Your rights and responsibilities as a student
    Regulations for written seated examination

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Course period spring 2022: Tuesday 22 March - Friday 29 April

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Course literature consists of scientific articles and reports, adequate to the present issues, found by the students through literature searches as well as supplied by the teacher.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Study counsellors

    Course coordinator

    Marlene Ågerstrand,, +46 8 16 4021

    Department of Environmental Science, Unit of Exposure & Effects