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COURSE I higher university course in evaluation of chemical substances for the environment

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Academic direction: Yolanda Valcarcel Rivera

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Basic Information


The fundamental objective of this course is to familiarize the student with the conceptual framework of the risk assessment process (RE) for both health and the environment, derived from exposure to a chemical compound or mixture of compounds.

This procedure is framed in a harmonized process regulated by the European Union, through European Agencies. The member countries of the European Union, such as Spain, participate in this risk assessment process by designating competent Authorities, which have teams of experts in this discipline.

With the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the workload for the rest of the countries has increased, generating the need for experts to cover this demand for work. In addition, the work of risk assessment is not only necessary in the competent Authorities of each country or European Agencies -regulatory level-, but it is also generated in the cabinets of the Industry that prepare the informative dossiers. Consequently, there is a high demand for experts in the discipline of risk assessment. This demand is not covered in the different grades, so it is necessary to cover it with specialized courses. This course, therefore, creates an opportunity and professional opportunity for students and graduates, already verified by the demand it has had when it has been taught as training within the environmental toxicology degree itself. Currently there is a great demand from companies in the chemical sector, in which we train students and workers in this field.   

In this Module 1, examples of application of the procedure to different types of compounds (phytosanitary products, emerging contaminants, legacy contaminants, etc.) are used, either from the point of view of a risk analysis of a substance already present in the environment (eg legacy pollutants) or from the point of view of a priori analysis, used for the registration and approval of a new compound.

Without neglecting the basic aspects of the logistics of the ERA process, this module course gives special emphasis to the scientific and logical bases from which the conceptual framework and the different stages of the process arise.

Throughout the module you will access certain regulations in force (eg REACH) and methodologies and reference tools used to generate data in accordance with the requirements of these regulations. However, it is the opinion of those responsible for this module that familiarizing the student with the scientific and rational basis on which the ERA process is based is of greater importance than the use of a certain tool in particular or the details about a regulation in question. particular, since the field of ERA is dynamic and constantly evolving and the risk assessment professional must know how to adapt to these changes and understand why they occur.


Module 1. The general objective of this subject is to introduce students to the risk assessment process of a chemical substance (biocide, phytisanitary...) once it is found in the environment, in order to assess and determine its environmental damage, and to ecosystems.

1. Establish the scientific bases, conceptual framework and work methodologies for the development of an environmental risk assessment.

2.- Familiarize yourself with the main ecotoxicological tests carried out to evaluate the effects of pollutants.

3.- Learn to use risk calculation tools (deterministic and probabilistic).



  • Students will acquire the knowledge and practical skills necessary to carry out a risk assessment of a chemical substance (biocide, phytosanitary...) once it is in the environment, in order to assess its environmental and ecosystem damage, as is being done. requiring in the European regulation REACH, and in other regulations at the international level.


  • The student will know the scientific bases, conceptual framework and work methodologies for the development of an environmental risk assessment.
  • You will learn how to perform the necessary calculations to perform an environmental risk assessment.
  • You will know how to interpret the risk obtained to assess whether or not there is an environmental risk.


  • Topic 1. Introduction to Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) .
  • Topic 2. Problem formulation. Risk assessment phases: exposure, environmental risk characterization. General concepts.
  • Topic 3. Emission and dispersion of pollutants in the environment 
  • Topic 4. Methods for characterizing the exposure of environmental contaminants
  • Online practice on characterization of the exhibition
  • Topic 5a. Methods for characterizing the effects of pollutants
  • Topic 5b. Methods for characterization of effects (continued)
  • Topic 6. Initial levels of Environmental Risk Assessment – ​​Levels I and II 
  • Topic 7. Higher levels of Environmental Risk Assessment – ​​Levels III and IV
  • Topic 8. Conclusions, limitations, potential and the future of the ERA 

The day after the last theoretical class, a Forum for discussion and doubts will be organized in preparation for the theoretical exam.

Theoretical-practical aspects.

The module is distributed between:

30 hours of theoretical content


  • Higher university graduates with a level equivalent to a Bachelor's or Bachelor's degree in a discipline such as Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forestry Engineering, Geologists, Veterinary Medicine, Biology, or another discipline with comparable training.
  • Knowledge of English in both reading comprehension and writing, equivalent to a First level (B2)

Exceptionally, students who are missing up to 30 credits to finish their Degree and/or who are only missing the TFG may be accepted. In this regard, the director of the course will decide whether or not to accept these students, based on their academic record (above 7.00). Besides, The final title of the course will be delivered when they have obtained the degree.

*Exceptionally, those students who are not graduates may take the course, provided they prove a sufficiently extensive work experience in the field of the Course.

Each module can be done independently. The title of SUPERIOR UNIVERSITY COURSE OF RISK ASSESSMENT OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH will be obtained once the modules that the title consists of have been passed.

Academic Management and Faculty

Director: Professor Yolanda Valcárcel ()

Academic Secretary: Mrs. Noelia Domínguez Morueco ()


  1. Andrew Rico. IMDEA-Water
  2. Jose Luis Rodriguez Gil. University of Ottawa.
  3. Mrs. Noelia Domínguez Morueco. Rey Juan Carlos University/Carlos III Health Institute.

Duration and development

Modality: Remote (URJC's Moodle platform, and prior agreement with the students, a session may be held with the Teams platform or similar)                                                 

Total ECTS: 3

Remote hours: 30h (each module)

Platform or virtual environment (URJC or others): MOODLE

Start: June 1, 2021 End: June 14, 2021 (Module 1)

Reservation of place and enrollment

Pre-registration period  from March 15 to May 14, 2021

Registration period from May 24 to 28, 2021

Start and end date: from 1 to 14 June 2021

Title price: €280

In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of places offered, a selection will be made based on the following criteria:

  • KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH (priority will be given to the admission of the student with the highest level, and who can prove it).

The start of the course depends on the number of students enrolled.

Documentation to attach, forms and place of delivery

the applicants they will present all the scanned documentation, in the formats allowed through the telematic self-registration application at the time of applying for admission to own degrees. They must compulsorily attach to their request the declaration of the person responsible for the veracity of the data provided in digital format.

At any time, both the Program Management and the Own Teaching Service may request the applicants to submit said certified/collated documentation through the General Registry, located on the Móstoles Campus, or in any of the registries assistants located in the different campuses of the Rey Juan Carlos University, or by sending it through Certified Mail to: Rey Juan Carlos University. General Registry. Avda. Tulipán s/n. 28933. Mostoles. Madrid

The student is responsible for the veracity and correctness of the data provided, exonerating the Rey Juan Carlos University from any responsibility and guaranteeing and being responsible for its accuracy, validity and authenticity.

Required documentation:

Students with a degree obtained from a Spanish university or a Higher Education Institution belonging to another Member State of the European Higher Education Area that authorizes access to own postgraduate degrees must present the following documentation:

  • National Identity Document or equivalent
  • University degree of the studies that give access to the requested postgraduate degree.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Responsible declaration of veracity of the data provided in digital format
  • Any other document that the Director of the Own Title specifically requires for its acceptance

Students with a foreign degree must present the following documentation:

  • Passport or Residence Card
  • Foreign Higher Education Degree (Graduate, Graduate, Architect, Engineer Doctor...) that give access to own postgraduate degree studies.
  • Certificate certifying that the studies carried out give access to an Official Postgraduate Degree in your country of origin, issued by the University of origin
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Declaration of the person responsible for the veracity of the data provided in digital format
  • Any other document that the Director of the Own Title specifically requires for its acceptance

Applicants with studies completed in foreign University Centers may be requested at any time a certificate of verification of these studies and centers, issued by an authorized Institution.

All documentation provided must be legalized in accordance with Spanish law and translated by an official translator.