A method for assessing the toxicological potentials of product systems in a life cycle perspective
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2018
The ProScale method is currently further developed to make it operational and accessible to a large number of users via online tools and an extensive database covering basic chemicals.
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What is ProScale?
ProScale is a method providing a hazard and exposure based scoring system for comparing chemical risks associated with products in a life cycle perspective.
ProScale was initiated in 2016 by a consortium of 7 partners, with the aim of providing companies across the industrial value chain with a reliable tool enabling them to address stakeholders' requests to provide toxicological information on the chemicals used in their product systems.
ProScale offers a performance based indicator that can consolidate hazard and direct exposure potentials from chemicals along their life cycle, that can be applied and communicated within Life Cycle Analysis ("LCAs"), Environmental Product Declarations (“EPDs”) and Product Environmental Footprints (“PEFs”) by
using life cycle thinking,
using a risk-based approach for product assessments,
aggregating from single product to a complete product solution and
using existing, systematic data
Current status/Next steps
Phase I of ProScale, focusing on human toxicological aspects, was completed in 2017. The method is presented in the ProScale Guidance Document
Implementation of Phase I of ProScale - 2018 (ongoing, and open to external contributions)
development of an online database platform
population of the database with data sets for ca. 200 basic chemicals
Initiation of Phase II of ProScale - 2019 (subject to prior scoping)
integrating ecotoxicological aspects in the ProScale scoring system