Ecological Risk Assessment Guidelines
The ERA Process: Agree on Objectives
A planning process precedes the formal assessment. The risk manager, stakeholders and the risk assessor agree on the objectives of the assessment. The risk assessor and the risk manager share responsibility for this stage.
The report will ensure clear communication between the risk manager, risk assessor and interested and affected parties.
Agree on Management Goals
The risk manager is responsible for establishing the management goals. These goals should take account of stakeholder inputs and the socio-economic environment. The risk assessor, in agreement with the risk manager, must ensure that assessment end points can be related to management goals. ...more
Define Management Options
The management decisions that will be informed by the ERA must be defined explicitly. The assessment can only be designed to support the relevant decision(s) if the options are clearly defined. The risk assessor and risk manager need to ensure alignment between the assessment and the management options. ...more
Ensure Appropriateness of ERA
Determine whether an ERA will best enable managers to make informed environmental decisions, compared to other approaches, such as expert opinion, technological standards or a precautionary approach. ...more
Agree on Scope
Both the risk assessor and risk manager must agree on the scope of the ERA within the constraints of data availability, scientific knowledge, financial resources and spatial and temporal scales. Of particular importance is the level of uncertainty that the risk manager will tolerate. The lower the tolerance the more extensive the assessment is likely to be. The scope of the ERA may require the assessment to be at a screening level or a detailed, site-specific level. ...more
Produce Summary Report
Produce a summary report on the outcome of the Agree on Objectives phase. It serves as a record of discussions and provides the terms of reference for subsequent work. ...more