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Species Sensitivity Distribution Estimation from Uncertain (QSAR-based) Effects Data

Tom Aldenberg and Emiel Rorije

In environmental risk assessment, Species Sensitivity Distributions (SSDs) can be applied to estimate a PNEC (Predicted No-Effect Concentration) for a chemical substance, when sufficient data on species toxicities are available. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recommendation is 10 biological species. The question addressed in this paper, is whether QSAR-predicted toxicities can be included in SSD based PNEC estimates, and whether any modifications need to be made to account for the uncertainty in the QSAR-model estimates. This problem is addressed from a probabilistic modelling point of view. From classical analysis of variation (ANOVA), we review how the error-in-data SSD problem is similar to separation into between-group and within-group variance. ECHA guidance suggests averaging similar endpoint data for a species, which is consistent with group means, as in ANOVA. This exercise reveals that error-indata reduces the estimation of the between species variation, i.e. the SSD variance, rather than enlarging it. A Bayesian analysis permits the assessment of the uncertainty of the SSD mean and variance parameters for given values of mean species toxicity error. This requires a hierarchical model. Prototyping this model for an artificial five-species data set seems to suggest that the influence of data error is relatively minor. Moreover, when neglecting this data error, a slightly conservative estimate of the SSD results. Hence, we suggest including (model-predicted) data as model point estimates and handling the SSD as usual. The Bayesian simulation of the error-in-data SSD leads to predictive distributions, being an average of posterior spaghetti plot densities or cumulative distributions. We derive new predictive extrapolation constants with several improvements over previous median uncertainty log10HC5 estimates, in that they are easily calculable from spreadsheet Student-t functions and based on a more realistic uniform prior for the SSD standard deviation. Other advantages are that they are single-number extrapolation constants and they are more sensitive to small sample size.
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Read-across Estimates of Aquatic Toxicity for Selected Fragrances

Emiel Rorije, Tom Aldenberg and Willie Peijnenburg

Read-across as a non-animal testing alternative for the generation of risk assessment data can be useful in those cases where quantitative structure–activity relationship (QSAR) models are not available, or are less well developed. This paper provides read-across case studies for the estimation of the aquatic toxicity of five different fragrance substances, and proposes a pragmatic approach for expressing uncertainty in read-across estimates. The aquatic toxicity estimates and their uncertainties are subsequently used to estimate fresh water compartment Predicted No-Effect Concentrations (PNECs), with their two-sided 90% Confidence Intervals (CIs). These PNECs can be used directly in risk assessment. The results of the musk fragrance read-across cases (musk xylene, musk ketone and galaxolide) are compared to experimentally derived PNEC values. The read-across estimates made by using similarity in a hypothesised mechanism of action for (acute) toxicity of musk xylene gave a PNEC of 2μg/L (90% CI 0.0004–13.5μg/L) with the Species Sensitivity Distribution (SSD) approach. This estimated value is 1.8 times above the experimentally-based fresh water PNEC of 1.1μg/L. For musk ketone and galaxolide, the PNEC values based on the SSD approach and employing a toxicity mechanism-based read-across were 2.0 times greater, and 4.9 times below the experimentally derived PNEC values, respectively.
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