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Integr Environ Assess Manag. 2019 Sep 19. doi: 10.1002/ieam.4213. [Epub ahead of print]

Lessons from the 2018 International Symposium on Alternatives Assessment: Advances and Reflections on Practice and Ongoing Needs to Build the Field.

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University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Public Health, 600 Suffolk Street, Lowell, MA, 01854, U.S.A.
Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 600 Suffolk Street, Lowell, MA, 01854, U.S.A.
SRC, Inc., 7502 Round Pond Rd, Syracuse, NY, 13212.
ToxServices LLC, 1367 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC, 20036.
Northwest Green Chemistry, 101 Yesler Way Ste 600, Seattle, WA, 98104.
ANGUS Chemical Company, 1500 E. Lake Cook Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL, 60089.
Technical University of Denmark, Quantitative Sustainability Assessment Group, Diplomvej 371, 2800 Kgs., Lyngby, Denmark.
University of California Los Angeles, Sustainable Technology Policy Program, School of Law & School of Public Health, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90095.
Safer Consumer Products Program, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA.


Alternatives Assessment is gaining traction as a systematic method to support the informed substitution of chemicals of concern. The 2018 International Symposium on Alternatives Assessment, on November 1-2, 2018 convened nearly 150 professionals from government agencies, industry, consultant firms, academia and advocacy organizations to advance a greater understanding of the evolving methods, practices and challenges in the use of alternatives assessment. This article reviews highlights and lessons from the Symposium, including: (1) notable advances in methods, (2) shared insights from practitioners on best practices as well as inherent tensions and challenges, and (3) research and practice needs in the field that can be addressed by organizations such as the newly launched Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment. Being interdisciplinary in nature, the establishment of educational frameworks across disciplines and inclusion of diverse expertise in hazard and exposure assessments, life cycle impacts considerations, design principles, and economic and engineering evaluations will ensure continued growth of the field. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.


Alternatives analysis, Toxic chemicals, Hazard assessment, Decision analysis, Informed substitution


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