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Research and test cases

The ProScale methodology and tool are under constant development, one of the ways this occurs is by research in various projects at IVL. Another very important opportunity for development is to learn from the test cases that are taking place in collaboration with the ProScale consortium partners.

For guidance and deeper knowledge about ProScale and the ProScale development, please explore the research below.

ProScale webinar May 12th 2023

If you missed our webinar on ProScale or want to rediscover the content again, all the presentations are now available below! Discover how the ProScale method can help you meet forthcoming regulatory requirements for safe chemical use, reduce hazards and exposures in your products' life cycles, and identify toxicological hot spots.

Presentations during the webinar

Webinar recording below

Test case

Deutsche Bauchemie - ProScale test cases for construction chemicals

In 2017-2018 test cases with ProScale were performed by Deutsche Bauchemie in order to compare ProScale scores with varying process conditions, such as different process categories (PROCs) for a manufacturing process, alteration of a chemical recipe, and difference in professional and industrial settings; which are all factors that the ProScale user can choose in the webtool. The study was used to experiment with conditions in chemical processes and settings in ProScale, which was important for educational purposes.

The results of the test cases were as expected, there could however be better explanations about what a ProScale value and its interpretation means, which is discussed continuously and a reason for the current development of more test cases. Cases with and without risk management measures (RMM) were compared and it was clear from the results that RMM has a large impact on minimizing the exposure, especially dermal exposure. ProScale scores for professional uses were shown to be significantly higher than the corresponding ProScale scores for industrial settings.

Overall, the methodology was shown to be easily applied without the need of a life cycle assessment expert, but pre-chain processes, service life and end of life are not very clear so far. Pre-chain processes for each of the relevant products were not included, as well as service life and end of life. The study is currently being extended to include the pre-chain products in order to increase the scope further.

If you are interested in learning more about the details in the case, please take a look at this presentation Pdf, 2 MB..